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Old 03-16-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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I grew up in Fairport and am considering a relocation back to Rochester this summer. I have two elementary aged children, and would like to find a good school district, but preferably something a little bit less suburban than Fairport. Is there such a thing in Rochester? Ideally I'd find a medium sized house on a large lot that's near some community life.

I used to love the Park Ave area and thought Brighton was much more cool than Fairport, but I have no clue if those areas are still nice, or worth considering with children? The world sure looks different when you're 36 and not 18!

Thanks in advance for any insights you all can provide.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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Brighton would probably be the best fit. Western Irondequoit might also work.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Park Ave is alive and beautiful, much more so than it was 18 years ago. The only problem with that is the Rochester city schools are downright awful. I would only send my kids to maybe School 58, School 23 or SOTA... maybe.

For you I would recommend Brighton as it has some of the best schools in the nation (Brighton High School was rated the 127th best school out of the top 1623 by Newsweek in 2010) and is a 10-20 minute walk from many nice areas of the city such as Cobbs Hill, Park Ave and the South Wedge. You definitely wont feel too suburban there. Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Yeah, not much more can be said than what already has. Brighton remains a beautiful, safe, family-oriented town with excellent schools and very close to the amenities of the city without actually being in the city. I'd say it's exactly what you are looking for. The COL will be lower in Fairport and you would probably be able to get a little bit bigger and newer of a house there; but it sounds like with your preferences the slight loss of square footage and slight increase in home price would be worth it for you to live in Brighton.

FWIW we moved back to Rochester after 13 years away as well with 1 elementary aged (as well as one in college and one in high school) and are very glad to be home!
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Park Ave is alive and beautiful, much more so than it was 18 years ago. The only problem with that is the Rochester city schools are downright awful. I would only send my kids to maybe School 58, School 23 or SOTA... maybe.

For you I would recommend Brighton as it has some of the best schools in the nation (Brighton High School was rated the 127th best school out of the top 1623 by Newsweek in 2010) and is a 10-20 minute walk from many nice areas of the city such as Cobbs Hill, Park Ave and the South Wedge. You definitely wont feel too suburban there. Good luck!
Also, if you go with the city of Rochester, don't forget about charter schools as well. True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School (http://www.uncommonschools.org/tnrp/home/index.html - broken link)

Rochester Academy Charter School

Urban Choice Charter School

Genesee Community Charter School

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http://www.greatschools.org/new-york...harter-School/

You can look at reviews for those schools here: http://www.greatschools.org/new-york...trict/schools/
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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First of all, welcome back to Rochester. It is a nice community especially a great environment to raise kids. According to Newsweek Pittsford Mendon 105 and Pittsford Sutherland rank 111 while Brighton rank 127. I don’t think there are too much difference in academic however Brighton is much more diversify in culture. Brighton is a much more established town so you will find older houses and the newer houses have smaller lots. I personally think Pittsford has the best resale price (due to school ranking), the nicest Wegman (although not he newest), easy acces to the mall and a canal to adore. Please check your mail. It is great to hear more people that are coming back to this wonderful community.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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Greece and Greece schools are nice.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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Come back to Fairport, it is great. A lot less surburban than 18 years ago. New community center and aquatic center and the village is nice as ever. Check it out.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Come back to Fairport, it is great. A lot less surburban than 18 years ago. New community center and aquatic center and the village is nice as ever. Check it out.
It does have cheaper energy prices too.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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It does have cheaper energy prices too.
Yep, my electric bill for ~2600sqft house averages $30-$40 / month.
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