We just moved from Vermont to Pittsford. It was difficult choosing where to live not knowing the area. We really lucked out with the house we purchased. The primary school, middle school and high school are all walking distance. I have children attending Mendon Central Elementary, and the high school.... love, love, love the schools.... Everyone of my neighbours came around to introduce themselves with cookies and flowers. We go for walks after dinner and chat with fellow dog walkers. The park is walking distance.. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and close to amenities, etc. I would highly recommend if you have school age children to purchase rather than rent, if you can. Uprooting the kids to go to another school could really be a pain. School districts vary even within Pittsford. There is a cute house 51 Bromley Rd, Pittsford... I love the neighbourhood the house is in. Good luck in your search..., I think you picked two terrific towns for your home search.
Allison James Estates and HomesÂ®
Selling over 2000 homes in the Greater Rochester Area
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I suggest that you drive through Pittsford and Brighton. You will definitially feel more comfortable in one verses the other because they have an entirely different flavor of living. Both schools are wonderful. Talk to the people living in each area and go to the School District's web sites. You will be renting so you will have the time to be the best judge of what is best for your family.
Much success in your home buying Experience.
Here's my take on it: First the property taxes in the town of Pittsford (not the same as the Village) are stable and actually relatively low because the tax base is expanding at Pittsford Plaza and along the canal.
Pittsford is much much closer to some great parks and natural areas, and of course the canal trail is a great draw. The Library is a spectacular community asset. Schools are great and the Family Y on Rt 96 plus the summer camp at Arrowhead makes Pittsford a better place to be in my opinion, for a family with kids.
Brighton is older, and fully developed. It's compact, and lacks green space, unless you count yourself lucky enough to enjoy the view of the lawn of one of the spectacular mansions on the north side. The best thing about Brighton is that it is walkable and close to the U of R.
Both communities are terrific, and with care you can be pretty dang happy in either location. For my part, I enjoy Pittsford more than I ever thought I would and truly, truly regret needing to move.
You may want to ask your realtor for school report cards. That way you can compare Brighton and Pittsford. Pittsford is the larger school district with 2 high schools each with their distinct character. Brighton is a Central School District, there is one primary k-2, one elementary 3-5, one middle school 6-8, and one high school.( I explain only because when I moved here I didn't know what that was). I think it is a great idea to get a feel for both places, and renting is one way to make sure that the town you pick is the right fit. You may want to check out the libraries and park districts and see what activities are available and if they are the types of things that are of interest to your family. Brighton is filled with older homes with few areas of new construction. Pittsford on the other hand has many areas that have been recently developed. If you prefer the amenities in a newer home, there will be more of a selection in Pittsford. Brighton is large, but most think of the 12 Corners when they think of Brighton, on the other hand Pittsford has a wonderful village area and Schoen place.
You are welcome to phone me as a resource if you have any further questions.
585 978 0087
Best of luck to you.