Living Here

The Finger Lakes Region

One of New York State’s most popular vacation destinations, the Finger Lakes region is a great place to live. Eleven pristine lakes bring unspoiled beauty to the area, which is famous for its gorges and waterfalls, lake vistas, and vineyards.  Residents of the Finger Lakes enjoy shops, restaurants, spas, museums, festivals, and every imaginable recreational activity—skiing, sailing, hiking, and golf.  And the region’s more than 100 vineyards make it NY State’s largest wine producer.

Residents of the Finger Lakes live in its many charming towns and villages. You can live in the wine-producing villages of Dundee or King’s Ferry.  Or in Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of Women’s Rights and the model for the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Or in Syracuse, Geneva, or Ithaca, the homes of  Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Cornell University. And in Sodus, you can even live on the shores of a Great Lake, Lake Ontario.

The larger city of Rochester is less than an hour away.  A great place to raise a family, it is home to the University of Rochester, Paychex, Xerox, Wegmans, and the Eastman School of Music.  With a number of charming neighborhoods and suburbs, it has been named one of the country’s safest cities—and the most affordable. The median price of a home is $65,000, far below the national average of $250,000. The city’s sports teams include the Rochester Red Wings, the Rochester Amerks, and the Rhinos.  It has a number of first-class golf courses and has hosted the LPGA and the Ryder Cup.  A small, manageable city, Rochester has a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, music venues, and activities along the shores of Lake Ontario. It is home to the renowned Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and Highland Park’s world-famous collection of lilacs, which are celebrated in a festival each year.  And, FLCH professionals can call on the world-class expertise of the University of Rochester Medical Center, which is the city’s largest employer.