Showing posts with label buffalo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buffalo. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2019

5 Museums to Explore in Buffalo

There are a lot of great museums to visit in and around Buffalo. Grab the family, or a few friends, and spend a Saturday learning about something new. Been to these museums before? Make another visit as their exhibits are always changing!

Buffalo Museum of Science

The Buffalo Museum of Science provides family-friendly fun 7 days a week. Stop by the National Geographic 3D Cinema, participate in workshops, spend time at Discovery Camps, get a bite to eat at the cafe, or just peruse the numerous exhibits. Guided tours are also available. Discounts are offered for seniors, children under 17, students, those with a military ID, and museum members.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is the largest naval park in the nation, and it includes artifacts such as uniforms and documents that stem from all branches of the military. The main attractions include a WWII submarine and the USS Little Rock, a guided missile cruiser. Overnight stays are available, and admission discounts are offered for seniors, groups, and kids under 16.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Established in 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. It features rotating exhibitions, tours, programs, workshops, and lectures, as well as a cafe on site. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is discounted for students, seniors, museum members, and military personnel. If you visit on a First Friday, admission is free!

Buffalo Fire Museum

The Buffalo Fire Museum features uniforms, badges, journals, videos, and more, all relating to the Buffalo Fire Department. The museum also has special collections, including one devoted to September 11. They not only preserve the history of the fire department, but also educate the public – especially children – about the importance of fire safety. Admission is free.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum

Fondly referred to as the Pierce Arrow Museum, the museum began as a passion project of the owners, husband-and-wife team Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro. For four decades, they've been collecting items related to transportation history in the Buffalo area. Originally a nonprofit, it turned into a full-fledged museum building in 2001. Admission discounts are offered for seniors and children under 17.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What to do in Buffalo this Winter

Winter is here and soon family will be knocking at your door for the holidays. While your cold weather loving relatives will likely embrace the winter wonderland of New York, the west coasters may not be as excited about a visit from Jack Frost. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do in Buffalo that everyone can enjoy.

If there’s snow on the ground, pick up a sled or an inflatable snow tube and head to Chestnut Ridge Park. A local favorite, Chestnut Ridge is the largest park operated by the Erie County Department of Parks and offers year-round entertainment with space for tennis and hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. During the winter, it is the place to be for snow lovers. The sledding hill measures more than 600 feet and features a toboggan chute to really ramp up the speed. And the best part of it all – it’s free!

Throw on a coat and pack up the family for ice skating at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo. The rink is open Tuesdays – Sundays from now until March 15. Check their website for hours. Use of the rink is free.

Chances are your guests have eaten buffalo wings before, but why not treat them to the original – Frank and Teressa’s buffalo wings and Anchor Bar on Main Street. While the origin of the buffalo wing is still debated, Anchor Bar’s story is the most widely known. According to their website, in 1964 Teressa Bellissimo invented the delicious spicy wing for her bartending son, Dominic, and his friends as they arrived at the bar. From that day forward, the wings have remained on the menu and have gained popularity across the world.

Show off your hometown pride by taking your visitors to a Buffalo Sabres game. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Key Bank Arena box office on game days. Before heading into the arena, stop by Canalside Buffalo to do some ice skating or, for those who aren’t great on skates, take an ice bike ride around the rink. It’s only $10 for a 30 minute bike rental.

In addition to the activities at Canalside, the neighboring Harborcenter offers delicious food and drinks at 716 Food & Sport and shopping at the Shops at Harborcenter. If you’re visiting on a game day, make sure you get to 716 early, as it fills up with Sabres fans a few hours prior to the puck drop.

Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you or your visitors inside this winter. Get out and explore all the exciting events and locales that make Buffalo a great place to visit and live!

Monday, December 17, 2018

12/15 Radio Show: Jerry Jacobs Jr.

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Jerry Jacobs Jr. to the show.

Jerry Jacobs Jr. is Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North Companies, Inc.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the family business.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

12/8 Radio Show: Stefan Mychajliw

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Stefan Mychajliw to the show.

Stefan Mychajliw is the Erie County Controller.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Stefan's personal history and ambitions around government.

To find out more, listen to this week's show.

Monday, November 26, 2018

11/24 Peter Scarcello & Ed Forbes

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Peter Scarcello & Ed Forbes to the show.

Peter Scarcello is the Buffalo/Niagara General Manager for HUNT Real Estate ERA and Ed Forbes is the Director, Training and Consumer Engagement at North Jersey Media Group.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on investment properties.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

11/17 Radio Show: Byron Brown

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Byron Brown to the show.

Byron Brown is the Mayor of the City of Buffalo.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on various topics including the past, present and future of the city of Buffalo.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

10/20 Radio Show: Dr. Janne Siren

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dr. Janne Siren to the show.

Dr. Janne Siren is the Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the Gallery’s needed expansion and renovation.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

10/13 Radio Show: Jon Dandes

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Jon Dandes to the show.

Jon is President of Rich Baseball Operations and Chairman of the ECMC Foundation Board.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on aspects that are contributing to our community to create a lasting energy, including entertainment, creative and cultural venues, the incredible developments in and around the Medical Campus.

To find out more, listen to this week's show.

Monday, September 17, 2018

9/15 Radio Show: Bill Maggio

Your host Peter Hunt, welcomes Bill Maggio to the show.

Bill is CEO of the Jacobs Institute and Managing Partner of Lorraine Capital.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on building on the momentum we are feeling in our community, which include attracting talent and capital investment.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Popular Neighborhoods in Buffalo

While those of us who live in the area have always known the treasures that Buffalo has to offer, it’s true that in recent years, the city has had even more to boast about. In addition to being one of the more affordable mid-sized cities – Buffalo was listed as number 2 on’s list of Best Affordable places to live, citing the affordable transportation, healthcare, and housing – there is also increasingly more to do, see, and experience these days in the Queen City. From the vast number of restaurants to the variety of entertainment options, to, yes, even our pro sports teams (Buffalo fans are nothing if not loyal!), there are many reasons why love our city, and why #WeLiveHere.

Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods in Buffalo, ones that are quickly gaining popularity with those who are new to the city:

Elmwood Village
The American Planning Association named the Elmwood Village as one of the country’s 10 best neighborhoods, and it’s easy to see why. Being centrally located in Buffalo, the Village is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a home near world class shops, restaurants, bars and attractions such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. There is always something to do in the area, whether it is grabbing some fresh produce at the farmer’s market on Saturday morning, stopping at the locally owned and operated Lexington Co-Op, or seeing a summer concert in Bidwell Park.

The atmosphere in the Elmwood Village was described by Visit Buffalo Niagara as one “where visitors linger at open-air cafes and browse farmer’s market vendors on a tree-lined parkway in the summer, while gathering at cozy coffeehouses and pubs in the winter” and we can attest to the accuracy! (During winter months, it’s also always a plus to be within walking distance of plenty of restaurants, or a coffee shop or bar with your favorite beverage!)

Photo by Rhea Anna
Allentown is where artistic and creative communities thrive in Buffalo. There is a plethora of street art and galleries, artisan markets and art festivals, such as the annual Allentown Art Festival and Allentown Porchfest. Allentown also offers a good dose of history, with beautiful historic buildings like the Mansion on Delaware, a boutique luxury hotel, and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

The creative influence of our residents is apparent as you walk through Allentown and experience the “wall-size murals [that] flank the district’s many live music bars, neighborhood galleries, restaurants and shops.” This unique neighborhood is an inclusive, creative haven for young professionals, families or anyone who is looking to live in a part of the city where there are always events happening.

Hertel Avenue
Photo by Joe Cascio
Hertel is known as the “heart and soul of North Buffalo”, and while the neighborhood has been increasing in popularity over the past few years, there is a lot of history in the area that makes its renaissance even more special to witness.

This neighborhood is for those looking to embrace all that food that Buffalo has to offer, from popular restaurants like Lloyd’s Taco Factory, Mes Que, or Mac’s, to hip coffee spots like Daily Planet Coffee. Don’t forget to stop by an Italian bakery or Italian restaurant such as Lombardo’s – there’s a reason the area is known as the “Little Italy” of Buffalo.

Chic boutiques and bars are also all around for a night on the town. In case you want to catch a matinee, make sure to visit the North Park Theatre. The marquee on the neighborhood’s 1920’s era theatre, restored in 2014, is one of the most distinctive landmarks on Hertel.

These are just a few of the amazing neighborhoods that Buffalo has to offer. Moving to Buffalo and need a guide to help decide where you should live? Reach out to one of our local agents today!

Monday, September 10, 2018

9/8 Radio Show: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dottie Gallagher-Cohen to the show.

Dottie is President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on people, tourism, investment in commercial and residential real estate.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

9/1 Radio Show: James Hoffman

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes James Hoffman to the show.

James Hoffman is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker working out of our Williamsville Clarence office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the record low inventories.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

6/30 David Rust

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes David Rust to the show.

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Buffalo education and scholarships.

To find out more, listen to this week's show! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

5/12 Radio Show: Michelle Winer

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Michelle Winer to the show.

Michelle Winer is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence office.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the current shortage of inventory.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

2/3 Radio Show: Kathleen DiMillo & Nancy Callari

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Kathleen DiMillo & Nancy Callari to the show.

Kathleen DiMillo is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson working out of our Lockport office and Nancy Callari is a Mortgage Consultant at HUNT Mortgage.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on preparation in order to purchase a home.

To find out more, listen to this week's show.

Monday, November 6, 2017

11/4 Radio Show: Kathleen DiMillo & Marietta Cimato-Zygaj

Guest host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Kathleen DiMillo & Marietta Cimato-Zygaj to the show.

Kathleen DiMillo is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Lockport office.

Marietta Cimato-Zygaj is a Branch Director leading our Williamsville Clarence office. 

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the current real estate market and the shortage of homes. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

10/28 Radio Show: Jill Jedlicka

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Jill Jedlicka to the show.

Jill is the Executive Director and Riverkeeper at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper®.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on education on how to preserve and protect our water.

To find out more, listen to this week's show! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Third Quarter Home Sales Slowed in Erie and Niagara Counties

Prices Soared in Buffalo During the Third Quarter

Home prices in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Falls Market increased in the third quarter as inventories of homes for sale reached new lows. Sales declined during the quarter as the summer sales ended and homes took longer to sell, according to the third quarter market report from HUNT Real Estate ERA.
Supplies of Homes Trail 2016
Inventories in Erie and Niagara Counties rose slightly during the third quarter but remained very low, 12 to 18 percent below last year at this time. Supplies were large enough to fulfill demand for only 2.7 months in Erie County, 15.6 percent less than a year ago.  
Tight supplies in Erie County improved during the quarter and homes took three days longer to sell in September, but still sold in only 28 days — 22 percent faster than a year ago.  
In Niagara County, homes sold in 36 days by the end of September, nine days slower than in July.
Sales Declined from Last Year
Sales declined in Niagara County by 20 percent during the quarter due to low inventories, but sales in Erie County fell only 1 percent. Sales in both counties continued to trail sales from a year ago by 17.5 percent in Erie County and 25 percent in Niagara County.  
With fewer homes on the market, prices rose steadily during the quarter, increasing 4 percent in Erie County and 5.7 percent in Niagara Counties.  By the end of the quarter, prices in both counties were well ahead of last year.
“Opportunities for home sellers continue to be excellent throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.  Prices are rising quickly and homes are still selling in less than one month.  Sales are slowing down as the summer ends, but prices will probably end the year significantly higher than last year,” said Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation.
Buffalo Prices Jumped 24 Percent in the Third Quarter
The median sale price of homes in the city of Buffalo soared from $100,000 to $124,000 during the quarter, a 24 percent increase in three months.  In September, Buffalo’s median price was 83.1 percent higher than it was in September 2016 as it began to rise in June and accelerated appreciation through the third quarter.  The huge year-over-year price growth reflects both price declines last summer and fall and price appreciation over the past four months throughout the summer sales season.
Buffalo’s inventory entered the spring buying season with 38 percent fewer homes for sale than the previous year.  Low inventories plagued the market during most of the summer.  By the beginning of the third quarter, the city’s supply of homes for sale trailed last year by 20 percent. From July through September, inventories steadily rose as sellers responded to rising  prices.  By the end of the third quarter, supplies were only 11.5 percent lower than a year ago.
Sales in Buffalo fell 8 percent during the quarter as summer ended. Homes took longer to sell as demand fell, rising from only 17 days in July to 26 days in September, nearly 30 percent faster than a year ago.

Buffalo Home Prices Through the Third Quarter

Source: Western New York Real Estate Information Systems

Prices Rose 4 Percent in Erie County
Despite Buffalo’s price surge, prices in Erie County as a whole rose only 4 percent during the quarter to reach a median price of $158,500. During the quarter, sales increased very slightly and homes took slightly longer to sell. Inventories of homes for sale rose 4.5 percent during the quarter, which helped sales and moderated price increases.  
Niagara County Home Prices Rose 20 Percent
Single-family home prices in Niagara County rose slightly in August and now are 19.6 percent higher than they were just a year ago.  The county’s median sale price reached $141,000.  Sales were up 2.1 percent over July and trail last year by less than 1 percent.  Inventories, however, are very low compared to a year ago.  Though new listings in August rose 10 percent over July, the total supply of homes for sale in the county is 21.6 percent below a year ago. With fewer homes on the market, Niagara County homes are selling in 32 days, compared to 50 days a year ago.  The county ended the quarter with only a three month supply of homes for sale.

Niagara County Home Sales Through the Third Quarter

Source: Western New York Real Estate Information Systems

About HUNT Real Estate Market Reports
HUNT’s monthly market reports help home buyers, sellers and homeowners track current trends in their real estate markets.  The reports are analyses based latest data from area multiple listing sources available from Western New York Real Estate Information Systems.

Monday, October 9, 2017

10/7 Radio Show: Eric Heffler

Guest host, Robert Blake, welcomes Eric Heffler to the show.

Eric Heffler works on the revitalization of Buffalo properties.

Together, Rob leads the discussion on flipping properties.

To find out more, listen to this weeks show. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

What is it about the Elmwood Village?

Posted By Sarah Klaiber
How would you describe the city of Buffalo today...revitalized, growing, fun, energetic? It’s a popular destination for tourists and businesses. It’s a desired location for home buyers and investors. The Elmwood Village had quickly become one of Western New York’s most highly demanded areas. Listen as Ty DiMatteo explains that “It’s not about buying a home, it’s about being part of a community.”  Stay tuned for highlights from other great areas including our other regions!