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


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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!

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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

Friday on the FRINGE: you DON'T want to miss this!

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That's right - you WILL NOT want to miss: Friday on the Fringe featuring Circus Orange's "TRICYCLE", live, tonight, right here in our very own Center City presented by the The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival!

Larger than life, undoubtedly the largest 3-wheeled vehicle to ever come through Manhattan Square: TRICYCLE-1

If you've been wanting to check out the Fringe the last few years, have heard so many wonderful things about it, but maybe you're overwhelmed with the fact that there are over 380 shows and events and you don't know where to start - Friday on the Fringe is the single most important place you should start to whet your Fringe appetite. The BEST thing about it - it's FREE and it's an evening you won't forget!

Friday on the Fringe: Friday, September 19th, 5-9pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square (next to National Museum of Play) Fringe Highlights Stage - 5-7:30pm Buskers and Street Performers - 5-7:30pm Manhattan Square Bowl performances - 5-7:30pm Food & Drink available - food trucks and The Distillery Tent TRICYCLE - 7:30-8:30pm Rochester Fringe Official Website

From the Fringe website:

"If you loved BANDALOOP, wait ‘til you see CIRCUS ORANGE! Part mad science, part street theatre and 100% spectacle, Canada’s CIRCUS ORANGE creates lucid dreams with explosive shows that combine mind-blowing pyrotechnics, special effects and aerial rigging with street theatre, clowning, fire arts, dance and circus. They’ll bring to the Fringe their magnificent production, TRICYCLE, but this is no kiddie bike, folks. This TRICYCLE is a magnificent, 18-foot machine that makes its nomadic journey right through the crowd, blurring the lines between audience and performer. Improvised, ground-based interactions and stunts take place along the way, with larger production numbers created at key staging areas. Then, try to catch your breath before the TRICYCLE pops a wheelie 60 feet over your head, becoming a human-powered pyro wheel. Oh, and a full-scale fireworks show rages in the background. It’s the most fun Rochester’s ever had on three wheels!"

Watch a video clip of Circus Orange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2M5vBzoepI

Please note: Featured image and slider courtesy of Rochester Fringe 

Can you ENVISION the future of our city?

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For those unaware, (585) Magazine is a regional publication covering food, culture, destinations and the people of the (585) area code (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wyoming).

In the most recent issue, the Rochesteriat was featured among some of Rochester's visionaries and we feel so honored. What's humbling to us is the fact that we're featured amongst some of our city's most talented and hard working - names, people and businesses that you have no doubt heard throughout the media, seen the fruits of their on the walls of the city, taken classes, sipped their coffee, worn their clothes, and much more.

Here's just a little shout-out to our friends that were featured on this journey with us to make our city a better place - to read more about what they're doing specifically, pick up a copy of the current issue of 585Magazine. Big thanks and credit to Justin Michau for all the amazing pictures taken for the spread!

Slow Road & Rochester Brainery

Benjamin Woelk Founder, Host, Co-Producer - Slow Road "We are telling the story of place through local people who are devoted to improving and preserving their communities, neighborhoods, and historic Main Streets." - courtesy Slow Road website

Danielle Raymo & Stephanie Rankin Founders, Rochester Brainery"Rochester Brainery was founded on the belief that learning should be fun, affordable and accessible…." - courtesy Rochester Brainery website

Fringe Fest & Wall/Therapy

Erica Fee Producer, Rochester Fringe Festival Why Rochester? "From the Fringe perspective, Rochester is blessed with a combination of hugely talented performers, forward-thinking young people, inventive venues, progressive supporters, and eager audiences. Why Not?" - Erica Fee quotecourtesy 585Mag

Ian Wilson & Erich Lehman Founder, Synthesis Collaborative / Owner, Curator of 1975 Gallery and Lead Organizer of WallTherapy With multiple projects on each of their hands, you have probably seen this duo's teamwork come to fruition over the past few years with WallTherapy. "I wholeheartedly believe that Rochester's best years are ahead!" - Ian Wilson quote, courtesy 585Mag

Erika Ruegemer Co-Director, One Dance Co., Hospitality Team for WallTherapy Why Rochester?"I see its potential, its room to grow. This awakening and community is natural to the city, and it's just one of those things that chose me." Erika Ruegemer quote, courtesy 585Mag

John Ebel Owner - Flower City Party Rental, Smokestack Cowork Co-Owner - Pour Coffee Parlor John is an "ideas man" that is extremely passionate about Rochester. His most current venture has been the ever-so-popular coffee shop, Pour Coffee Parlor, on Somerton Street just off Park Avenue.

Mike Governale Creator RochesterSubway.com; President, Reconnect Rochester Part blogger, part activist, part creator/designer, part family man - Mike does it all.

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Shawn Dunwoody & Agathi Georgiou Founder - Happy Rochester / Agathi Consulting This duo is teaming up again for this year's Greentopia Fest "From The Ground Fashion Show" which is sure to be a hit on September 12th.

Josean Vargas & Tanvi Asher  Founder - J. Vargas / Founder - Peppermint This fashion duo is leading Rochester out of its conservative past. Both of these visionaries are talented in their own right, and we love what Tanvi quoted in the article when asked Why Rochester? - "It's the perfect size; everyone knows everyone, and there's plenty of love to go around." - Tanvi Asher quote, courtesy 585Mag

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Lisa Kribs-Lapierre & Gavin Thomas Founders, This Good World "We believe good comes in all shapes and sizes, all of which is important. Whether a business is active with environmental issues, promoting social change, bringing positive action to the community, doing great things for their employees or all of the above, This Good World lets people know about it." - courtesy This Good World website

Interested in meeting the Visionaries, learning more about 585Mag, and even helping with a great cause? Come join us at the 585Mag's September/October launch + Happy Hour Party! Make a $5 donation to Bivona Child Care Advocacy Center and be entered to win a giveaway valued at $100+!

Thank you to all of the editors and writers of the current issue of 585Magazine, such a great job on this issue!

Launch Party Details:
The Owl House
Tuesday, September 9th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Facebook Event

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Photography for this article - Justin Michau

Here's how to REALLY enjoy your neighborhood and a show

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With the unofficial end of summer upon us all, make sure to get out and enjoy these beautiful days and cool nights while you can. This past week, we spotted a couple doing just that.

ROC chillin With beers in hand, cooler and the remote nearby, we thought this was a unique ROC way to enjoy a favorite show. Why sit inside when you can have the best of both worlds outside?

This picture was in no way staged. We were taking a stroll through Center City and there, right in front of their homey apartment, sat these two enjoying life. We didn't even get their names because we didn't want to scare them out of their natural habitat. Crazy good idea.

Dear ROC Developer:

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Dear ROC Developer:

This is just a tiny portion of our "City Dreamer's list". Say what you want, but we're going BIG. We say, "Dream BIG, or go home". And because we're already home, the only thing we can do now is dream BIG.

Now, of course, there is so much more that goes into making these things happen - bringing in investments, navigating local/state politics, delegating the use of space - on and on. But for the sake of no argument, let us dream. 

Here's to our future.  the Rochesteriat

P.S. You don't have to get to it all this year, we understand good things take time. The end of 2015 would suffice. ; )

1. IKEA Ikea OK, this may be a guilty pleasure - cheap furniture with hard-to-read instructions. But it just makes sense. With more people moving to the city, and those homeowners and renters looking to buy inexpensive home goods, we can't believe this hasn't happened yet. With colleges abounding the Rochester area, as well as Buffalo and Syracuse at an approximate 1 hour drive to the west and east, an IKEA would kill it here - hands down, kill it.

Of course we don't like talking all this chainy-stuff too much because we're small business friendly, but who can argue with the fact that IKEA has the international brand power to make Rochester a destination city that it so craves, all the while providing hundreds of jobs for the local market…nonetheless, we're hardly the first to think up this idea...

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2. Another grocery store - "Hart's Too"? Grocery Store Can you envision it? The frontage space on what is called South Ave extension has been modified with beautiful brand new windows. This is a part of Woodbury Place, something that we've mentioned once or twice in the last month or so. Those big beautiful windows seem very similar to the brand new downtown grocery store, Hart's Local Grocers, that opened up on August 15th. With one successful opening under their belt, we invite them over to the Washington Square Park Neighborhood to start their City of Rochester takeover. Please?

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If it's too early for rapid expansion, we could also see a 7-Eleven in this space. Who doesn't love having the option for a Slurpee at all hours, day or night? 7-eleven http://www.wantchinatimes.com

3. More owner-occupied condo's Boston Condos Sure, the Rochester rental market is healthy right now as evidenced by very low vacancy rates in our best neighborhoods. Even being a city where young people come to school and then venture away in order to find suitable job opportunities has typically made Rochester a renter's playground. But the fact is, we need more homeowners to fill up the tax rolls for a city that lost much of them, and the tax base, decades ago. With the aging stock of city housing in and surrounding the city, it'd be nice to see more brand new condo units (i.e., refurbished warehouses, empty office buildings, former city structures) occupied by owners, therefore creating a densely populated city like that of New York, Boston (above), and Chicago.

It's no surprise that owners tend to get more involved in their neighborhood associations, take notice of who is running for local political office, and even have a desire to come up with long-term plans and solutions for issues in their community. Is Rochester ready for this? Is the demand here? We certainly think so.

4. Urban workout stations Workout Center Muddy Plimsolls

Ok, here's a fun one. Have you ever been to a park where there was a running trail marked with exercise stations every so often along the way? This could be the next idea for the Genesee Riverway Trail. There are loads of people that get out and walk, run, bike the Riverway Trail everyday and there should be exercise stations to encourage a healthy lifestyle. We all know that the weather is good only up until a certain point, so getting out in the fresh air is extremely important while we have it. We, as a community, should make it as easy as possible to educate our families on taking care of themselves with daily exercise - all without the individual monthly fees of an expensive gym membership.

5. Dog Parks Urban dog park HGTV Urban Oasis 2011

We all know that dogs are a man's best friend. So why would we neglect them out of the equation when rebuilding our city? Whether or not you're a fan of the furry ones, it's certainly hard to argue with the fact that dog parks add that touch of "there are actually people that live here and they think about things other than themselves". It also doesn't hurt that your cute, cuddly friend can be a conversation starter to your neighbor that shares the same urban space as you.

6. Underground city network SONY DSC Tenjin Underground City, Japan; Wikipedia

How do you combat the fact that your city is located in an extreme weather center part of the country? Well, why not build below the ground and get residents out of the elements. Many cities - both domestic and international - from Cleveland, Seattle, Tokyo, and Toronto - all have major underground facilities and passageways that make up their subterranean complexes. In fact, our close-Canadian cousin city, Toronto, has the largest underground shopping network in the world called the PATH. And this idea is not just for snow-bearing cities - Houston and Atlanta keep millions of people out of the suffocating heat of the summer with their own set of tunnels, restaurants, and shopping centers that serve as major attractions for residents and tourists alike.

Most of us know about the old subway tunnel system running below downtown Rochester, so why can't we develop a city-within-a-city complex that would tie together our history, our unique assets, all the while rendering the phrase "it's too cold outside" completely baseless? There are many thoughts, ideas, and even plans floating out there to make this happen…we just need to match up the plans and ideas people with the money people who can fund something like this. Simple, right?!

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7. Floating pool on the Genesee River Photo credit: AP, New York Post 4/23/14 AP, New York Post 4/23/14

And speaking of floating plans, this last idea is dreaming crazy. You may have heard of the work currently underway in New York City to bring the "+ Pool", a floating pool idea, to the East River by mid-year 2016. Crazy as it sounds, its Kickstarter program raised over a quarter-million dollars from over 3,100 backers! These are some serious people who want to end the "nastiness" of the East River and make it usable (READ - swimmable) in the near future.

We can't help but think about an article that was written in RochesterSubway.com a little over a year ago about the "Growing River of Trash" in our own Genesee River, right in our own downtown area. Recreational public use aside, one of the main draws of the "+ Pool" idea is that its filtration system would help clean out an estimated half-million gallons of river water every-day. That water is then cycled back into the river, ultimately providing a cleaner, healthier environment for the city. Take the funding out of the equation, how can this not be a good idea? A chance for the public to use a brand-new outdoor swimming facility, with sweeping downtown-skyline views, all the while cleaning one of our most precious resources that we were once founded upon and that has served this city for nearly 200 years.

Related Post 'Floating Pool' - New York Post

If you have additional ideas for our city, we'd love to hear what they are. Please leave us feedback on these 7 (not-so-new) ideas above, or send us your own.

We'll end here with a quote from one of our most favorite actors, and an ending tribute - "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." - Robin Williams