With Very Few City Condos Offered, You Just May Rule in this One

NOTE: This post was originally written on August 14th, 2014 when this condo was up for sale. Most of the info and links have been updated, but if we're missing anything, please let us know.

And no, this condo is NOT on the market anymore, sorry! For more information on downtown condos available, check out our City Guide


Naturally, when we heard that one of our most favorite condo units was up for sale and we saw a beautifully written piece in Rochester City Living by Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer, we thought, "Is there anything else that we can add to the facts and figures list that people would want to know?". Sure it's nice to understand the nuts-n'-bolts of the Lamborghini, but most of us want to know what we can do with it. And that's when it hit me: why don't I sprinkle in some extra this-is-what-my-daily-life-could-look-like-in-the-city to the mix, and allow potential urbanites to imagine it for themselves.

It's not often that we get an inside look like this, as it is well known that owner-occupied condo units are a rare gem in our city. With that said, get ready to let your imaginations race:

1. It's like living on Central Park West and 61st Street in New York City - at a discount

You have beautiful greenery from one of the city's oldest parks, the Washington Square Park, and the downtown skyline coming through your windows. There's no need to fill your walls up with generic wall art from Target or Walmart - the skyline brings the windows to life!

2. Plan how you want to rule the city at this table

Having a view of downtown Rochester, this area serves as your personal "secret meeting spot" to all the things you want to accomplish. It's here you can people watch at the Washington Square Park, keep a keen eye on the progress over the Erie Harbor Park Promenade, or plan out your next multi-million dollar business venture at Woodbury Place…or you can simply call mom and dad and invite them over for dinner.

3. You'll never be alone in this unit - (literally, it's a condominium!)

Whether you are single, married, with/or without kids, or somewhere in between, there's truly something for everyone. The downtown population has risen to over 6,000 residents, a burgeoning Neighborhood Association that needs your input, and a city on the rise that requires passionate, urbanites to give their talents to what the future holds for this metropolis - the city, much like the condo building, is a diverse and changing scene like the squares of a Flor carpet - different in their own respects, yet together they form a beautiful, cohesive structure.

And no, little Cloudy is not included in the price.

4. You like to wine, dine, and entertain 

You would have a fine, open eatery with a ton of natural light to perfect your favorite dishes, and even better yet, you can buy the necessary ingredients from your own downtown grocery store - Hart's Grocers! Opening day was August 15th, 2014, and it's the first grocery store to open in Center City in nearly two decades. Because of this you should have no problem keeping the cupboards stocked and stainless steel refrigerator full, but if you're looking for more specialty goods, just a short walk south to the Wedge presents you with the option of the South Wedge Spirits & Wine, and for dessert - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

5. Working at this lofty desk lets you operate Executive Style

Try local boutiques such as Abode, Stacy K Floral, Greenovation, and Archimage to decorate your space. West Elm, IKEA, The Container Store, Flor, Crate & Barrel - we'd approve also, but only after you've exhausted the local options. Can you imagine what you would do with this home office if this were yours? You're the boss of you, your household, and everything in it.

6. Everything Zen and Feng Shui, get rid of a cluttered mind

Being so close to everything, you're gonna want to hit the town at great hotspots such as Tapas, Victoire, and the newest of establishments, Apogee Wine Bar on Park Ave. Remember, there is also Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and The Little Theatre all within a quick walk. With this lifestyle, you're gonna need some good shut-eye. This should do.

7. Is this Rochester's finest hotel, or your own modern escape right within your home

Maybe you'll have visiting guests that will stay at some of our swankiest hotels in downtown such as The Strathallan, the East Ave Inn & Suites, or the new Hilton Garden Inn - mere minutes away from the Capron Lofts. Or maybe you'll be generous and offer up that unoccupied, second bedroom to relatives and close friends…either way, YOU can be sure that a modern, warm, luxury hotel-esque experience is waiting for YOU every time you use your own master bath.

8. See the stars...or at least the rooftop lights

Need a quick get-away? Want to unwind with a glass of wine or a cold brew (from our neighbor Roc Brewing of course!) after the hectic day? Take a walk (or the elevator) up to the rooftop and experience the sunset and the skyline like never before. See the spectrum of colors that come out during sunset on the most clear nights, and enjoy the finished roof deck with a friend or two, a few community grills, and an abundance of patio furniture. Can't see any stars at night because the city lights drown out the galaxy? No worries, the celebration lighting keeps it festive at night.

9. Lastly, celebrate in style!


Where else, aside from a local parking garage, can you be this close to the fireworks action on Independence Day and New Year's Eve? Nowhere is the answer to that. At the Capron rooftop, you're close enough that you feel immersed in the flashes of light bursting in the city sky, overlooking the Genesee River and all the city below. You might even get so spoiled that you think the fireworks are put on for you alone - ok, that's when you know you've lost it. So bring a date, your loved ones, your family up to see these special events - it's like no other around.

More Information:
Rochester City Living
Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association

A Note of Thanks to ROC...

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Dear Rochesteriat Readers, Followers, Fans, & Supporters:

As we wind down the year 2015 and we get ever-closer to the Thanksgiving Holiday next week, we want to take a moment to thank you all who have been loyal supporters of us for the past 2-and-a-half years and counting. Along with our website and Weekly, we are so grateful to express our gratitude to our thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A special thanks goes out to our very first customers that have purchased ROC goods from our newly opened SHOP, and we'll keep adding exciting products and deals to it to provide you with the best ROC has to offer.

In addition, we are so excited that the city of Rochester is growing in terms of new businesses and that more and more people are deciding to live, work, and play in the city limits. With such a small team here at the Rochesteriat, it's always a good problem to have when you find it difficult to keep up with all the positive changes being made. In early 2016, we're going to announce some very exciting developments in the works for the Washington Square Park and the ever-elusive Cannon. What would all this work be for if we can't make positive changes in our own neighborhood?

We are also so grateful for the tremendous support shown to us at the Movies with a Downtown View events over the summer months, and are happy to announce that our partnership will continue with The Little Theatre in the 2016 year. Again we'll be featuring one movie in July and one in August, and of course we'll have a great selection of food trucks and vendors on site to provide a great movie-watchin'-under-the-stars experience.

In the coming weeks as we say goodbye to 2015, you may notice some distinct changes to the site as we prepare for a growth-filled New Year. We've said from the beginning that this "project" is certainly not a one year deal - it is going to be a 20+ year deal to make positive changes in this city we love. In order to constantly evolve and improve, we have to constantly assess the effectiveness of our site and make improvements when necessary.

Once again, thank you for joining is on this journey. Keeping reading our posts, liking our pictures, and giving us your thoughtful feedback to make our business - and Rochester - better.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jason & Stefanie Schwingle Founders, the Rochesteriat

Mayer for National Home Improvement Month!


the Rocheteriat Ok, so I'll admit it - we may not have cable TV at home, but I do love sneaking a peak of HGTV and BRAVO with all of the real estate, home decor, and designing shows on them whenever I can (this means on a plane, in the homes of family members, or in waiting rooms). And I am not a particularly talented person when it comes to fixing or building things in my own home, as I would rather pay the expert their due wage for the knowledge and experience to do it. I figure this will save a lot of time of actually going through the process and messing it up myself.

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But with every May comes National Home Improvement Month. And until you've owned your own home, it's probably something that has never even registered on your celebration calendars. Heck, one can hardly classify it as a celebration when it most likely means money/time/energy/patience flowing out the door. Just like everything though, you'll want to maintain your property in good shape or you'll want to spruce it up a bit - like actually getting things up on a major focal wall that has never been used before.

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So here's our pitch from the Rochesteriat, from my wife and I as city residents, and as owners of a home in the city -  and no, this is not a paid advertisement or a sponsored post.  Before you make your way out of the city to the Big Box retailers to fix up anything, make sure to stop by Mayer Hardware for great, personalized customer service.

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This is a family run business that has been around for 40+ years by the Green family. This is ALL that they focus on. It's a neighborhood institution. If they can't answer your questions, certainly the high-schooler-just-hired at Big Box store-X won't be able to without someone telling you to "Google it".

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So this month while you're making some changes to the home or anytime during the year that you need some hardware, stop on down to Mayer Hardware and ask for Tom, Dennis, or any number of the very helpful crew there. I know I am not alone in my sentiments for Mayer, as they have quite a following that spans the decades.

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And, if you're interested, this is what Mayer had helped me with. They helped me find the right hardware to hang an entertainment center on drywall.

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Did someone say that we needed an IKEA here in Rochester? I thought I heard rumblings of this, but it could have been the Facebook page I am thinking of. Oh, and West Elm Rochester - yes, very excited.

Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. It's been said before, but I vote Mayer for Mayor in the next election.Think about it - they could literally help fix our city and do it in such a helpful manner! Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.


Be a Part of the Change in 2015


January is the start of a new year, it gives us the chance to start over. We've got goals, dreams, and plans to make these things happen in our lives. But what about our city? Maybe a priority in our life should include being a part of the positive change in the city. How can we do this? Here are just a few ideas:

Be Heard, Get Involved, Give Back. 

When you have the opportunity to take a survey, attend a forum, or share your thoughts... do it! Need an example? How about the Downtown Parking Summit this Wednesday. Downtown Parking Summit, Wednesday 1/21, 5:30-7pm.

Don't say to yourself, "someone else will do it", maybe they will, maybe they won't. Would you want to leave your future in the hands of another?

Every May, Clean Sweep gives us that physical chance to get involved. Grab a broom or rake and clean a neighborhood in the city! You can even organize a Mini Sweep anytime throughout the year, why wait for May or only clean up once?

Attend a fundraiser, like this weekend's Red Door Affair for Gilda's Club, volunteer, join a group that is involved in the community... give back! Donate to Open Door Mission or a food pantry. Go through your closet and donate clothes that you haven't worn in the last year. After all, we're only as strong as our weakest link, right?

Looking for another option? See what's going on with RocCity Coalition on Tuesday at their Vision 2025 Launch Party.

Be IN the City.

A solid core makes a solid city and we here at the Rochesteriat believe that the city of Rochester is a GREAT place to live, work, and play. Our first thought was to tell you to move into the city, but we know it may not be feasible to just up and move!

But, you can spend time here and spend your money here at local restaurants, coffee shops, and establishments. Keep your money in our community. Thriving businesses make for a thriving city.

Get Your Groceries LOCAL.

SHOP at Farmers Markets. Meet the people behind the produce. The Public Market is the only year-round market and come spring and summer you'll have even more options for fresh produce.

Tues, Thurs, Sat: Public Market
Tues: Westside Farmers Market
Wed: Washington Square Park Foodlink’s Farmers Market
Wed: Monroe Village Farmers Market
Thurs: South Wedge Farmers Market

Hart's Local Grocers is another great place to shop for local groceries as they stock a lot of local items. You can easily find them throughout the store with these LOCAL tags! It's not all produce either, there are dry goods, baked goods, coffee, chocolate, and everything in between.

Be an Entrepreneur.

Maybe you've been dreaming, planning and saving for years to open your own restaurant, coffee shop, store, or <insert your great idea here>. The city is in revival and scattered throughout you'll find empty store fronts and buildings just waiting for new life.

Love walking through cities like NYC because of the creativity, diversity, and wide variety of fun little kiosks and carts? Get creative with an empty bus shelter on Main Street! Check out the Reconnect Rochester article from last year: What Could You Do With This Shelter?

Whatever it may be that you decide to do this year, be it little or big, don't feel like you can't make a difference!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves meeting the movers & shakers in the city - there are a lot of amazing people here. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

2014 in Review: looking back


Each year brings new things. In 2013 we launched the Rochesteriat and in 2014 we celebrated ONE year. It's been an incredible journey. Let's look back at some of the posts and highlights:


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The New Year started with a bang of creativity when we met EvenOdd Creative founders, Liza and Ashley. Their ability to repurpose bicycle inner tubes is incredible.

Posts: EvenOdd Creative | Video, EvenOdd Creative: reusing the unusable

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Creativity continued at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. Letterpress, paper making, bookbinding, art galleries, community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more... all in one place.

Post: Genesee Center for the Arts & Education: get creating


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In February we looked at typical Valentine's Day gifts and gave you different city options. Celebrate with more than just chocolate and roses.

Post: Valentine's and the City: friday night love

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We also talked about 5 big developments to keep your eye on during the year. Culver Road Armory continues to grow and expand, construction on Midtown and Sibley's continues, the Transit Center finished EARLIER than originally projected, and College Town is filling in. We can't wait to look at more city developments for 2015.

Post: 5 City Developments to Watch for in 2014


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March was all about ART in our city. We watched Thievin' Stephen paint a traffic box in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood and collect hygiene products and cleaning supplies for Sample Soap.

Post: Thievin' Stephen's Spring Clean: a call for soap

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We explored the Geisel Gallery in the Bausch & Lomb building Downtown. Who knew their was an art gallery hidden inside?!

Post: The Geisel Gallery: what you're missing on the inside

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...and we teamed up with Margot Muto Contemporary Art to support local artist Henry Avignon, who had entered into the 5th Annual EXPOSURE Photography Contest in NYC. Thank you to everyone who voted for his work! And congrats again to Peter, who won a piece of Henry's art.

Post: WIN LOCAL ART: #henryavignon


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In April, Blackfriars Theatre gave us a behind the scenes tour. We learned not to judge a building by its size... step inside and you'll see there's way more than meets the eye in this creative theatre on Main Street.

Post: Blackfriars Theatre: off-broadway meets main street

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We also snuck inside the soon-to-open Pour Coffee Parlor! They became a quick favorite to MANY in the city - it's hard to believe they've been open over 8 months now.

Post: Pour Coffee: sneak peek inside


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May brought us the great outdoors. On the 3rd, the city came together for the annual Clean Sweep! We love joining the Washington Square Park Neighborhood team every year, it's a great way to invest in where you live!

Post: Clean Sweep: one day, city-wide

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And with the weather warming up we brought our lunch outside into the fresh spring air.

Post: 6 outdoor spots you may want to try out for lunch break


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In June, many left their cars behind and set out on ROC Transit Day to discover the freedom of transit travel.

Post: ROC Transit Day: get your free card


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This past summer we were a part of something new, something that brought the community together in a public park under the lights of downtown, for free. This was Movies with a Downtown View. Presented by Buckingham Properties & the Rochester Area Community Foundation and situated in the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (now: MLK Jr. Memorial Park), this first-time event drew over 250 attendees to both movie nights, as we gave out hundreds of dollars of trivia prizes and raffles, snacks and more from the 20+ vendors that participated.

In July we paid tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with "Almost Famous" and August in we enjoyed "The Kings of Summer". Soon, we will begin the planning for 2015. We hope to make these annual summer events!

Posts: Movies with a Downtown View: coming to center city Movies with a Downtown View: SUCCESS!

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Hart's opened in August! If you haven't made it down to Hart's Local Grocers yet, what are you waiting for? Explore locally made products, grab a coffee, your groceries, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and customer service at Hart's.

Posts: Urban Perspective: Hart's Local Grocers Hart's Local Grocers: shop local downtown

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We also stopped to smell the roses, and the orchids, succulents and every other wonderful thing you will find at Stacy K Floral on Park Ave! Looking to spruce up your place with new decor? They have that too.

Post: Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe

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Since we were slowing down for the flowers it worked out perfectly to sit with Niraj, founder of Happy Earth Tea. After sitting with Niraj for only a short time, we quickly realized there was more to learn about tea then we imagined!

Posts: Happy Earth Tea: profound simplicity in the city Happy Earth Tea: the Darjeeling of the city


My Fringe Thing Launch

September means FRINGE FEST! And once again, 2014 did not disappoint. This multi-arts fest takes over Rochester with over 380 shows across 25+ venues. Each year brings great new and unique performances.

Post: MY THING FRINGE: interactive art

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In honor of Park(ing) Day, Matthew Denker gave us a new and creative use for on-street parking spots inside the Inner Loop with a free 9-hole mini golf course, the Inner Loop Country Club!

Post: Park(ing) Day 2014: get golfing


In October, the Central Library launched Phase 1 of some big changes with the Reynolds Media Center. Why bother spending money when you can rent something for free with your library card? Movies, music, audio tapes and more.

Post: Who needs $1 Redbox when you have the Central Library's Media Center? 

Ribbon Cutting

This was also a special year for Stefanie's family. Her grandfather's welding and auto-mechanics shop, Fab-Weld, on Dewey celebrated 50 years of business! We were honored to be at the celebration. They are a big part of our inspiration of working towards our own 50+ years in the city.

Post: Fab-Weld: welding 50 years strong!


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Originally expecting to complete the new Transit Center in early 2015, RTS celebrated an early opening on 11/28. This beautiful facility offers a lot to the community and is a big part of the revival downtown.

Post: Bathrooms, Heated Floors, Free Rides (and More)!

George Eastman House

November also brings the start to the winter holiday season. We looked at many places to shop local and celebrate the holidays - one of which was the George Eastman House.

Post: Here are 6 Ways You Need to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman House


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Main Street was once the place to be. Well, who's to say it won't be that way again? Sibley's and CGI Communications gave us a little glimpse into the past and the future with their festive window displays this year. We can't wait to see more development in this neighborhood!

Post: Main Street Holiday Window Displays Coming Back

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Dunkin' Donuts recently opened on East Ave. - the 1st 24 hour coffee shop downtown. Word on the street is that their Grand Opening is Monday, 1/12, from noon-2pm. Not only will there be live music and raffles, there may be a special guest coming...

Post: Dunkin' Donuts is Getting Cozy in the East End

Happy New Year!

These are only a small handful of the many many wonderful memories and people we have met this past year. 2014 will always hold a special place in our hearts as we celebrated 1 year and grew in the community. Thank you for coming along the journey with us!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She has loved every minute of this journey so far. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.