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Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

New Homes Builder Canandaigua NYYears ago, I found myself living in Canandaigua NY. After I moved, I promised myself, I would be back.  I fell in love with the Finger Lakes Region. Let’s face it, Canandaigua NY is the whole package.  Tourism meets Norman Rockwell.  I’d be hard pressed to say which I season I like most.  Spring had an excitement of things to come. Summer was Finger Lakes water fun. Fall, incredible foliage, but Winter I think really was my favorite.

Every shop on Main Street decorates for Christmas.  The street light display at night shouldn’t be missed.  The whole town gets involved with activities.  One of my favorites is the community Messiah Sing-A-Long at the First Congregational Church. Imagine this 153 year old church filled with people who just want to be part of a big choir for the day. No experience needed.

The crowning jewels of Canandaigua NY are the century old mansions.  I told myself someday I would own one of these million dollar beauties.  Set up a B&B, spend my days vacationing in a town I loved, and going to every community event possible.  OK, a few flaws in my thinking. Plus, I forgot these things need to be heated.  Ugh.

Finger Lakes Regions Homes for saleStill, my thinking was “The Finger Lakes Region has it all, and I want to live there.”

I recently visited Sharon of Gerber Homes, in her Canandaigua NY model home. Suddenly it occurred to me.  You don’t have to work three jobs just to heat a beautiful Canandaigua NY home!

I visited The Sturbridge, Gerber Homes’ Canandaigua NY model. I was amazed by the attention to detail.  I loved the custom tile shower, the curved window in the Master Bedroom.

This new 2010 model home is Energy Star approved, a major plus for new home owners. It’s open floor plan lends itself easily to relaxing after a day on the Lake or antique shopping in town.

The Finger Lakes Region, especially Canandaigua NY is an up-and-coming location for both young professionals and retirees.  A short commute to Rochester or Buffalo, Canandaigua NY is the vacation spot where you live.

Canandaigua NY homesStop by and visit Sharon at her Gerber Homes model, noon-5:00, Wednesday-Sunday. Call (585) 259-7172 to ask questions. Then, take a drive down Main Street, and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Topics: Finger Lakes Region NY, Floor Plans Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Homes for sale Finger Lakes Region, model homes for sale Finger Lakes Region, New Homes builder Rochester NY, Tourism Finger Lakes Region

Apple Region New York State and New Home Building

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

new homes Ontario NYOne of the things that attracted me to this part of New York State, was the abundance of farm markets.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m hardly a country girl.  I had a little exposure to farm life when I was a kid, “helping” my uncle in Michigan, milk cows.  I confess, I do not have the gift.

So, moving so close to Ontario NY afforded me the luxury of fresh veggies, and the practicality of being close to work and Wegmans.

I recently traveled minutes out of Webster NY to Gerber Homes’ Summer Lake community in Ontario NY. I was surprised how close it is to the Webster NY business district, and our beloved Wegmans.  OK folks, I timed it.  Wegmans is only 10 minutes away from Gerber Homes’ Ontario NY community. 10 minutes!  I’ve spent longer in the produce department interviewing pomegranates.

When I arrived at the model home in Ontario NY, I met Leanne Boyatzies. Leanne let me do what I love to do:  Explore a new home.  I opened every cabinet, admired the beautiful wood on the stair railing.  I got such a kick out of this railing.  Gerber Homes of Rochester NY has designed a curve in the banister!  And different stained woods are dove-tailed together!  OK, I’ll admit it.  I actually stared at the railing.  Don’t judge, you would too. It was just the coolest thing.

After exploring the Ontario NY model home, Leanne told me a few things about Ontario NY.  First, you can get more house for your money, just by living 1 mile over the Webster NY border.  The difference amazed me.

Last spring I attended a talk where the Webster “fathers” announced Ontario NY is fast becoming an extension of Webster NY.  model homes Rochester NYWe are just running out of room, and need to move East.  Leanne lives in Ontario NY and has kids in the school district.  She says she wouldn’t be any place else.  There’s a small town feel, with all the shopping and dining just minutes away in Webster.

Then, I asked the big question:  What about winter.  Leanne assures me Ontario NY roads are constantly plowed and she hasn’t seen a delay in travel time.  Plus, Ontario has so many town activities, it’s the best of both worlds.

Gerber Homes’ Summer Lake in Ontario NY has a great location.  The model home (for sale by the way), overlooks Lake Ontario.  You can see the Lake from the Morning Room, Great Room and Bedrooms. The day I was there, the water was white capped, and very dramatic.  It’s like having water front property, without the added expense.

I guess this new homes community in Ontario NY is something you just have to see.  Stop in sometime, Wednesday: Friday, 10:00 – 3:00. Saturday and Sunday: Noon-5:00.  Leanne new home builders Ontario NYwould love to show off her model home, and let you explore the Ontario NY town she loves.  Give Leanne a call: (585) 880-1755 or see more photos on the Gerber Homes’ website. Click to see Colonial Floor Plans!

Topics: Homes for sale Rochester NY, New home communities Victor NY, Homes for sale Finger Lakes Region, Tourism Finger Lakes Region

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