As New York’s second largest city, it’s important to provide our locals with great places to live, learn, work, worship, and socialize. From downtown to our numerous suburbs, each place offers great benefits and features that make our locals proud to call this area home. Here are our choices for the best places to live in and around Buffalo in no particular order.
Whether you’re looking to rent an apartment, buy a condo, or renovate a historic home, Downtown Buffalo’s recent renaissance is sparking a rise in options for living spaces. Besides the convenience of being close to the city and all it offers, the buildings downtown have a ton of history and unique features that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.
Located a few minutes northeast off the the 290 lies one of Buffalo’s renowned suburbs. Amherst is home to approximately 125,000 people and a hub for Buffalo culture and life. Each year, Amherst is home to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Festival and the Scottish Festival. Throughout the town, you can also find several college campuses including: University of Buffalo, Daemen, Erie Community College, Bryant and Stratton, and Canisius. On top of all those great things, Amherst has been ranked in the Top 100 Best Places to Live and America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.
3. Orchard Park
As one of Buffalo’s Southtowns, Orchard Park has a lot to offer local residents and visitors. Not only do many of our professional athletes live in the Orchard Park community, but the number of restaurants and shops available to explore are growing. Just in town, you can find Spot Coffee, Mangia’s, Duffs, Zebbs, Mighty Taco, and Tim Hortons, along with many local boutiques and plazas. Most notably, Orchard Park is home to New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills!
Williamsville is not only one of the most family-friendly suburbs in Western New York, it is also one of the most beautiful. Located close to the airport, the town is home to top-rated schools, several community events, and tons of beautiful gardens. As an added bonus, tucked away behind the stores of Main Street lies the quiet and picturesque Glen Falls Park.
5. East Aurora
Another popular Southtown, East Aurora has a sort of storybook vibe. The houses are beautiful, part of East Main Street is paved in bricks, and of course, the legendary Vidler’s 5&10 is right in town for all your random gift needs. It is also home to the Bar Bill, a corporate headquarters of Fisher-Price, the historic Roycroft Campus, and the Millard Fillmore House. East Aurora is right off the 400, making it a great WNY location – easy to travel into the city and just a few minutes away from the scenic Western New York countryside.
The town of Clarence is located in northeastern Erie County, just a few minutes off the 33. Clarence is known for its Great Pumpkin Farm in the fall, flea market in the spring and summer, and shopping, dining, and entertainment options on nearby Transit Road year-round.
Just south of the city lies Hamburg, home of the Erie Fair, Hamburg Beach, and several local restaurants and shops. Find a parking spot along Main Street and you'll be within walking distance to dozens of local businesses worth visiting!
8. Elmwood Village
Last but not least is Elmwood Village, conveniently located in the heart of the city and right off the I-190. Noted as one of the "hippest" neighborhoods in Buffalo, the Village has a collection of both high-end and local restaurants, bars, coffee houses, salons, boutiques, tattoo parlors, and galleries. Elmwood Village is very walkable, safe, and a visual reminder of the rebirth and revitalization that Buffalo is experiencing.
Don’t see your town on our list? Don’t take offense! We love every nook and cranny of our Queen City. Share where you call home with us and why you think it’s the best!
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