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It wasn’t that long ago when the terms “Buffalo” and “downtown living” were as compatible as Sabres and Maple Leafs fans. Today, those three words describe the most sought-after accommodations in the resurgent local real estate market. Warehouses have been transformed into luxury lofts. Former utility company towers have been turned into high-rise rentals. An anomaly fi…

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The Allentown of today barely resembles the neighborhood Noel Sutton knew 16 years ago when he launched Sutton Development Group. The 37-year-old, who specializes in historic redevelopment, takes long-neglected homes and restores them back to the masterworks their architects intended, with all the modern conveniences required by today's homeowners. “The pinnacle of a…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

To some, “estate sale” is a verb, as in, “I’ve been ‘estate-saling’ since 1982.” It’s a unique way of shopping: part treasure hunt, part peek into someone’s home and history. For most estate sale aficionados, both are part of the appeal. Estate sales — typically staged as multiple-day shopping events, offering an entire household of items inside the home where it all…

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Since 1981, the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News have teamed up with local decorators, artisans and businesses to transform one of Buffalo’s grand old mansions to its former glory. For three weeks every other spring, visitors tour the completed historic house and all proceeds go to a local cause. This year’s Show House — the Edward H. Webster home at 164 Li…

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While driving down Jewett Parkway, Crescent Avenue or Woodward Avenue at dusk, even the most proper passenger has been known to crane her neck, peeking through the windows of stately homes whose curtains have not yet been drawn, to catch a glimpse of an ornately carved staircase…a chandelier dripping with crystals…or a wall of paintings befitting a gallery. But in the h…

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Urban farming is an idea that's been gaining momentum across Buffalo neighborhoods — and it's helping to clean up vacant lots, unite city blocks and promote healthier eating. It's also about creating more self-sustainable urban environments. For the past two years, the University at Buffalo has been taking this self-sustainability initiative one step further. To date, m…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

While some seniors view moving to smaller, simpler living quarters as a loss — of possessions, a lifestyle or a family home — more and more see it as pure freedom. After all, without a sprawling house and yard to maintain, they can spend more time on experiences: pursuing hobbies, traveling, entertaining or visiting family. Isabel Robitaille, owner of Robitaille Real…

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Whether it’s fashion, food or kitchen design, in Western New York we tend to be a little behind when it comes to trends. Stephen Schreiner, co-owner and president of Bison Bath & Kitchen Design in Amherst, agrees. “What’s popular in New York City or California takes a year or two to get to Buffalo,” Schreiner said. But sometimes not being totally on-trend can be its…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Louise Carr has lived in Western New York her entire life, but she’s rarely spent summer in Buffalo. Or in the United States, for that matter. For decades, Carr, 63, has spent summer at her cottage in Canada — Crystal Beach, to be exact. It was her parents’, and now it’s hers. Carr remembers getting jolted on The Comet rollercoaster and soaring high on the Ferris wheel …

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Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a lot more than nutritious daily meals to the elderly and disabled of Western New York — they also deliver much-needed companionship. In some cases — especially when family members live far away — deliveries can serve as the only social time clients have all day. “It’s a deep and abiding relationship that you see between the volunteer…

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For nine years, I cheated on Buffalo. My paramour? New York City. Eventually I realized that my love affair with the Big Apple was fleeting, and that Buffalo was the one city for me. My story is not unlike the dozens of other “repats” who sought life elsewhere, only to be pulled back to their beloved hometown. The allure of affordable homes, Lake Erie sunsets, four seasons…

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In 1981, one of the earliest advocates for Buffalo’s re-birth, Jake Schneider, recruited five fellow businessmen to form the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, an organization whose sole purpose was to help revitalize Buffalo and Western New York. In the decades that followed, Schneider has been called “Buffalo’s Renaissance Man” for the work he’s done as a developer and arch…

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When it comes to finding unique and interesting places to stay in Buffalo, “everything old is new again.” Repurposing the city’s robust collection of industrial and residential structures into boutique hotels is giving travelers an alternative to the familiar chain names. Inn Buffalo, a nine-suite inn on Lafayette Avenue, welcomed its first guests in March. While the se…

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Marilyn Cappellino is neither a chef nor a teacher. But she is an enthusiast of food and all things family. Plus she has an excellent way with words. “I’m a writer and have been since the 1980s,” said Cappellino of East Amherst. “But I put my career on hold to take care of family. During that period, my grandson, Jonathan, who loved to cook and was turning 6, asked me f…

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We collect. Tastes evolve. Families morph. In time, even once-stylish rooms need an update. Done right, a new look will convey effortless style without a hint of the process that produced it. Although it’s difficult for most of us, hiding that process is a talent shared by good interior designers. During the height of Buffalo’s November blizzard, Jonathan Casey scramble…