Top 5 hot areas in Rochester area: Webster, Greece and unexpected spots
by: Mary Chao
What’s hot when it comes to real estate in the region? Here are the top five areas in Monroe County tracked with help from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors and area real estate professionals.
The village of Churchville in the western town of Riga is No. 1 when it comes to median home-price increase in 2017, according to the Realtors’ group. The median sale price shot up 38.8 percent from $125,000 to $173,500. The percentage of sales increased as well, up 3.4 percent in 2017. It was one of only three suburban towns in Monroe County to see an increase in sales in 2017.
Churchville is a walkable village with small locally owned businesses such as Anastasia’s Spotlight Dance, The Johnson House for steaks and Slice Pizza. Riga has a rural feel with homes on large lots.
John and Bonnie Loser built their 3,000-square-foot home in Riga on 90 acres in 2001. They were attracted to the low cost of land and low taxes. Plus it’s a place with personalized service. “When I go to Town Hall, they know my name,” John Loser said.
2. North Winton Village
Homes that do go up for sale in the area typically receive multiple offers, Realtors say.
The largest suburb in Monroe County with over 90,000 residents, Greece is seeing an uptick in home sales and prices. The median sale price in Greece was up 6.4 percent in 2017 from $117,500 to $125,000 and sales increased 3.4 percent for the year.
The town is diverse in its array of housing options, from new builds to older subdivisions in the Dewey/Stone area. It also provides different lifestyle options with older neighborhoods being walkable and the larger subdivision tracts featuring homes with all the bells and whistles. There is plenty of shopping and dining from the small mom and pop pizza shops to the Mall at Greece Ridge.
4. Webster and Webster Village
Home sales were up 6.5 percent in 2017 in Webster and the median price increased 6.3 percent from $182,500 to $194,000.
Brian Hegedorn’s family has been in the Webster area since the 1850s when it was largely farmland, and he continues to live in Webster with his partner and their son.
“I’ve traveled all over the country. Webster is and always will be home,” he said.