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Old 04-09-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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Hi, everyone,

Thank you all for posting such helpful information in this forum... I've already gotten a lot out of reading them. At first I thought we were moving to Jacksonville, FL but now my husbands job looks like it might land us in Rochester, NY. We are coming from So. Cal so I'm pretty nervous about this move.

I am looking at houses in Pittsford (I have 2 small children, so education and safety and kid-friendly neighborhoods are a priority for me) and came across a few possibilities but I have no idea what the different streets and subdivisions are like. We are most likely going to make a visit over there in the next couple of months if my husbands job does land there but I was wondering if I could ask you guys first on what you think of the different areas in Pittsford.

Oh, before I forget, I wanted to ask if flooding is a problem in some houses in Pittsford or Rochester in general? I noticed most houses there have basements, something I am not used to in Los Angeles. Do the basements get easily flooded? Is that a problem?

Okay, so here are some streets I've been looking at in Pittsford. Any information would be helpful!!!!
1) Cedarwood Circle
2) Van Voorhis Road
3) East street
4) Surrey st
5) Leaf Lane

I've noticed that housing prices are higher in the Clover/Calkin area. Why is that? Are there areas to be wary about in Pittsford?

While I'm at it, may I ask another question? I've noticed there is a big range of how old the homes are. Do you think it's better to go with a 1980's-recent made homes or older? I've read that heating bills may become a problem with older homes.

Thank you so much in advance for any help. I'm a worrywort anyways and this upcoming move is just about taking me over the edge. But this forum is helping tremendously.
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:37 AM
 
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Hello momgoingtojax (maybe rochester )

I just want to tell you that you will get a lot of information from people on this board...especially about Pittsford. It is one of the most popular places that new people to town look to move to. No need to worry and please don't let the moving process take you over the edge...it is definitely not good for your health, or to seem stressed for the kids sake. Believe me, I know...I have moved a lot in my lifetime (hence my screen name).

I personally don't know too much about Pittsford, other than some great shopping areas. It is pretty much considered the most "upscale" town in the greater Rochester area. The schools are rated top notch as well. You pretty much can not go wrong buying a house in Pittsford other than the houses in that zip code will cost you more than the same house in pretty much any other local town.

Check back here often, I am sure others can give you help as far as the streets you were interested in. Best wishes for the next few months!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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Hello momgoingtojax (maybe rochester )

I just want to tell you that you will get a lot of information from people on this board...especially about Pittsford. It is one of the most popular places that new people to town look to move to. No need to worry and please don't let the moving process take you over the edge...it is definitely not good for your health, or to seem stressed for the kids sake. Believe me, I know...I have moved a lot in my lifetime (hence my screen name).

I personally don't know too much about Pittsford, other than some great shopping areas. It is pretty much considered the most "upscale" town in the greater Rochester area. The schools are rated top notch as well. You pretty much can not go wrong buying a house in Pittsford other than the houses in that zip code will cost you more than the same house in pretty much any other local town.

Check back here often, I am sure others can give you help as far as the streets you were interested in. Best wishes for the next few months!
Thank you so much, Movesalot (love that name), for your thoughtful reply. Yes, moving is like a big stressor for me but like you said, I will try not to let it get to me too much, as my family depends on me daily to have it together. Yes, it seems like Pittsford is one of the more popular places. It's nice to know the housing prices are so affordable there, even though the property taxes are higher than in LA. Thanks so much for your support and info.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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momgoingtojax, you might like communities like Brighton, Fairport, Penfield and Webster as well. All are similar and East of the city of Rochester.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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There definitely aren't any areas of Pittsford to be "wary about". The only thing that most people in this area get wary about when buying into a neighborhood in Pittsford is that it is pretty much the most expensive town in the Rochester area and really all of Upstate NY (it is also by far the most affluent town in New York State outside of the NYC metro area)...but coming from LA, chances are Pittsford home prices will seem pretty darn affordable to you even with the property taxes. I agree you should also look at other towns in the area like ck has suggested. Brighton, Fairport (Perinton), Penfield, and Webster all offer really great schools and are very family friendly. Webster is also right on the lake and has some beautiful waterfront areas.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:52 AM
 
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Thank you ckhthankgod and I'minformed2!! Yes, I will look into those other areas as well. It's just so overwhelming to look at all of them for me right now, which is why I focused on Pittsford. I noticed that some houses in Perinton actually is in Pittsford school district. I'll look into that as well. Thank you for all those suggestions.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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I grew up in Fairport/Perinton and I loved it. I would HIGHLY suggest it. I am always trying to get back there myself. I like Pittsford and it is #2 on my list of places to live in Rochester.... but Fairport is #1 because of the Recreation and Parks, the Schools, Festivals.... so much community and close knit.... FAMILY feel..... great place to grow up. If you live in the PERINTON part of Pittsford you can take full advantage of the PERINTON PARKS AND REC programs.... that is a total perk.... keep that in mind!!!!! I think you are actually able to double dip into Perinton and Pittsford that way because it is Pittsford Schools and Perinton TOWN.... look into it.... Powder Mill Park is an area that would be included in that section of Perinton/Pittsford if I am thinking correctly.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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I grew up in Fairport/Perinton and I loved it. I would HIGHLY suggest it. I am always trying to get back there myself. I like Pittsford and it is #2 on my list of places to live in Rochester.... but Fairport is #1 because of the Recreation and Parks, the Schools, Festivals.... so much community and close knit.... FAMILY feel..... great place to grow up. If you live in the PERINTON part of Pittsford you can take full advantage of the PERINTON PARKS AND REC programs.... that is a total perk.... keep that in mind!!!!! I think you are actually able to double dip into Perinton and Pittsford that way because it is Pittsford Schools and Perinton TOWN.... look into it.... Powder Mill Park is an area that would be included in that section of Perinton/Pittsford if I am thinking correctly.
Thank you, skbs, for the insight into Fairport/Perinton area. That's very helpful to know, especially because I have 2 small kids and would benefit a lot by the family feel and a good parks and rec program. Awesome! Thank you. Yes, there is a couple of houses on the market right now in fact that is in the Perinton area but have Pittsford schools. We'll have to definitely explore there when we get to Rochester for a visit. Thanks again. We'll have to visit the Powder Mill Park too.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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Hi,
I have lived in Gates which is on the west side of town for 14 years and love it. The school system is wonderful, i have a 13 year old girl and an 11 year old boy who are both high honor roll. Their sports programs are great. It is a smaller district so the class sizes range around 18 to a classroom. As far as Pittsford goes, if you have a lot of money, go for it. It is the most expensive area in Rochester. Other areas for education are just as good and don't cost as much. Penfield is a good area, but the commute is terrible. Gates is right off of 490 and 390 with easy access to Sams clubs, BJ's, 2 malls and many grocery stores. Unless your husbands work is on the east side, don't be afraid to check out all your options. You can go on homesteadnet.com for viewing houses.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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Hi,
I have lived in Gates which is on the west side of town for 14 years and love it. The school system is wonderful, i have a 13 year old girl and an 11 year old boy who are both high honor roll. Their sports programs are great. It is a smaller district so the class sizes range around 18 to a classroom. As far as Pittsford goes, if you have a lot of money, go for it. It is the most expensive area in Rochester. Other areas for education are just as good and don't cost as much. Penfield is a good area, but the commute is terrible. Gates is right off of 490 and 390 with easy access to Sams clubs, BJ's, 2 malls and many grocery stores. Unless your husbands work is on the east side, don't be afraid to check out all your options. You can go on homesteadnet.com for viewing houses.
Thank you for this great tip. I didn't even look into this region before! I just checked out their school system and it ranks really high! My hubby will be in Rochester downtown area so the commute would be just fine. I'll definitely look into this area more. You are right that Pittsford seems to be the most expensive place in the whole region of Rochester. I checked out Gate's real estate and it seems like the houses there are at least 50000 dollars cheaper. Thank you for the advice.
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