Both Geneva and Canandaigua are lovely places to live, and actually, the city of Geneva has a slightly higher population than the city of Canandaigua. Both offer beautiful lakefront public access and historic downtown areas, and a variety of housing options. In Geneva, you will find primarily older historic homes in the city, with a handful of newer construction homes available in the surrounding areas of town. In Canandaigua, you will also find historic homes in the city, as well as some newer construction, both in the city and in the town. Total population of Canandaigua city and town is about 14,000. My recommendation would be to spend some time in both cities, asking the residents how they like living there, and what they like best about their city. People who live in the community are the best source of information on life in that city.
If you'd like any help looking at homes in either area, we work in both areas and would be happy to assist you in your search. You can reach me at 585-208-5551.
Best of luck in your move!