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Old 12-23-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Hi all, longtime lurker, finally decided to sign up to ask a general question. My girlfriend and I are moving to Rochester, Corn Hill specifically. I've heard it is a good neighborhood, so I'm not very worried. Rent was cheap too, especially based on the Long Island rents I was used to seeing when I looked at apartments....you couldn't even find a studio for the price they're charging for a one bedroom in most Rochester neighborhoods.

What do you think of the Corn Hill area? What is there to do? How are the surrounding neighborhoods? If this helps you any I'm a recent college grad, no kids. I heard the city of Rochester isn't good for kids with the bad school system but that doesn't matter to me. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Rochester, New York
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Corn Hill is one of the older neighborhoods in the city, you’ll find plenty of well-preserved Victorian era homes. There’s also several newer town homes mixed in along “Cornhill place” and there are luxury apartments/ townhomes at Cornhill landing.

Cornhill landing is also the neighborhood’s main business strip. They have a few restaurants (Greek, Indian, and a wood fired pizza restaurant) I believe there’s also a small market across the street. The Adam’s street rec center also has a really nice and well maintained pool which is open to the public.

Corn Hill is located right on the precipice of downtown so you would be within walking distance of the BlueCross arena, the main branch of the public library, and the Dinosaur BBQ. You could even walk to the east end which is where most of the city’s downtown nightlife is located. During the summer months the city puts on series of free outdoor concerts called party in the park, which is located right next to Corn Hill landing. A few years ago I saw Rusted Root play there and really enjoyed it.

Also keep in mind that Cornhill is still a neighborhood that is mostly residential. It’s a little different than the old historic neighborhoods that you might be used to in NYC like park slope or the village, you won’t find coffee shops, boutiques or other small stores at the end of every other street. You’ll probably have to do most of your grocery shopping outside of Cornhill (or outside of the city entirely). Most of the city’s best nightlife is also on the other side of the river closer to Park Ave. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since none of these services would be more than a 15 minute drive. The biggest advantage with Corn Hill is the central location and the beautiful old homes.

As far as the surrounding neighborhoods I wouldn’t want to live in either PLEX (the northern part) or Genesee-Jefferson. Luckily none of the areas that directly border Corn Hill are too bad. You won’t have to worry about getting robbed while walking down Ford St or anything like that.

http://www.rochesterevents.com/festivals-events/party-in-the-park

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589937219
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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As far as the surrounding neighborhoods I wouldn’t want to live in either PLEX (the northern part) or Genesee-Jefferson.
Genesee-Jefferson is a problem area, yes, but don't write off Plymouth-Exchange. That neighborhood has seen huge improvements in recent years and is well on the way to revival. Even now, it is not that bad at all. You still get crap happening between rival drug dealers occasionally, but no one's going to bother you, trust me. (And you'll find drug dealers everywhere in the city - they just hide it better in other areas.) I know people who have lived in PLEX for years with no problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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There is a wonderful festival there every year.

Corn Hill Arts Festival

For crime, seeRochester, NY Crime Map - Showing Crimes in Rochester - Crime Statistics, Alerts and Reports - Crime Stops Here
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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Thanks a lot everyone! Good to see it is a safe neighborhood and that the neighboring areas are alright as well. I don't mind traveling a little bit to get to grocery stores/restaurants/etc

I'm living near Mt. Hope Family Center, so it's in the southern end of Corn Hill. Seems like a nice area.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Brighton, NY
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Also keep in mind that Cornhill is still a neighborhood that is mostly residential. ... you won’t find coffee shops, boutiques or other small stores at the end of every other street. ... The biggest advantage with Corn Hill is the central location and the beautiful old homes.
That's what you need to know. Corn Hill is a nice residential neighborhood that is super convenient if you work downtown. There is exactly one little corner market. No shopping. A couple of not-inexpensive restaurants that are convenient for those times when you just don't want to drive anywhere.

Good neighborhood for using a bicycle. You're right on the river and the bike paths.

Watch yourself if you go beyond Clarissa St. - it is not crime free. And if you park on some streets in Corn Hill overnight, it should not shock you if you suffer a break-in.
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