I hope this helps!
Waiting to hear from you.
Cathy Barton, Broker
Allison James Estates and Homes®
The schools vary depending on the area you are looking for. The city schools are in trouble but the suburban schools score well. There are still large companies that exsist in Rochester so depending on the field you are in will determine the job opportunities. Wegmans is an AMAZING place to work as well as an amazing supermarket.
The biggest difference is the cost of living. A large house with 3-4 bedrooms can go for between 125-150K. A house comparable in size would cost between 550-600K in Westchester county (down state NY). Of course, the salaries are very different as well. Yet, there are many single-income families that do well living there. My husband always tries to convince me to move there but I love where I'm from just as much as he does.
For me, Rochester is a great place to visit. The weather is COLD and the good weather seasons are shorter. There is always a 10 degree difference between our home and his parents home in Irondequoit. Definitely, pros and cons for living in Rochester! Good luck!
Don't let realtors scare you into living in the suburbs, though. Once, a couple came over to my house (in the city). They had just moved from out of town and were in a brand new subdivision in the suburbs. She practically started crying when she saw all our mature trees, my house full of gumwood trim, leaded glass windows, and large screened-in front porch, and neighbors visiting with each other outdoors. She said that she wanted my kind of house in my kind of neighborhood, but the realtor told her that "only poor people" live in the city and that it was "unsafe."
Rochester is a fantastic place to raise children! The schools, communities, and cost of living helped me with my decision to relocated from NYC to Rochester 8yrs ago. If you would like to chat over the phone for some more personal one on one, please call me @ (585) 415-6600. You can also find information on schools and neighborhood profiles on my website.
My name is Larry and I am an agent located in Fairport N.Y. on the S.E. side of Rochester. If you would like to see how I do business just visit http://www.r-house.com , my e-mail address is email@example.com and I will send you any information you need. The S.E. side of Rochester has several small villages located along the Erie Canal or two other counties that are agricultural and only about twenty minutes from the city. The property taxes are phenomenal in both Wayne and Ontario counties. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
"Always There For You"