Located just minutes from Lake Erie, one of the seven wonders of the world, Niagara Falls and the Canadian border, Buffalo was selected as an "All America City" in 1996 and is known the world over for its winter time snow fall, sports teams and chicken wings.

Living

Big city hip with a hometown feel.It's Buffalo Niagara's variety that's the spice of living. A full range of options - all minus the crazy commute and eye-popping mortgages. Living downtown. The largest city in the region, Buffalo is the unofficial capital of Buffalo Niagara, and it's where you'll find urban dynamism. Apartments. Condos. Lofts. Single homes. Multi-family homes. In the City of Buffalo, we have all the urban options going for us.

Living suburban. Buffalo Niagara has strong, affordable suburban communities that are wonderfully unsprawled, and that offer a delightfully brief commute - an average of only 20 minutes. So you'll be home in plenty of time to hear the neighborhood kids playing hide-and-seek on those long summer nights.

Living small town. Charming, Victorian-era towns and villages dot Buffalo Niagara's eight county map. Walk downtown for a cup of coffee and a conversation about the weather. Walk into a community with traditions that go back generations - and are an ever-more-welcome respite from the 21st century fast-and-furious pace.

Thinking about living in Buffalo Niagara? You'll by living with great people; honest, friendly, help you shovel your sidewalk people. People with character. Great character. Roll up your sleeves, work hard, and get things done character. And, we can promise you this... you'll never spend a lot of time commuting. Buffalo is called the "20-minute city." Why? Because most points of interest in the region are only about 20 minutes apart. A federal study showed that the average commuter in Buffalo spends 19 minutes a day getting to work, lowest among 50 major United States markets.

Culture

Play inside. For those who like to play critic, the Buffalo Niagara region is home to a thriving arts and cultural scene. The City of Buffalo alone is home to over a dozen professional theaters. The Washington Post wrote recently, "Buffalo – yes, Buffalo- is now walking proud as a hip center of arts and performances." Regional, college and university theatre abound throughout Buffalo Niagara.

For music lovers. Buffalo Niagara is home to everything from symphony and chamber music, to folk and bluegrass, to jazz and experimental and there are many music festivals that take place weekly all summer long. In addition to it's fine local music scene, Buffalo Niagara has numerous venues that attract national acts touring the States.

Buffalo Niagara is artful, too. It's been said that Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery is second only to MOMA in terms of its modern and contemporary collections. Artists and artisans make their home throughout the eight county region, drawn by the region's beauty, charm, affordability, and tourist economy.

Play tourist. Whether you're planning on moving, just coming for a visit, or you're already home, Buffalo Niagara is a great place to "play tourist". Get out your guidebook, and you'll quickly discover why our region is "Where Life Works." Plenty of history. Unique cuisine. World-class architecture. Four season recreation. Big-league sports. Buffalo Niagara offers an abundance of things to see and do. And eat.

Here's just a bit of what the region has to offer

Where LIFE is historic. Part of our history is told by our buildings, and the City of Buffalo in particular is a major destination for architectural buffs who come to marvel at buildings designed Louis Sullivan, H. H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and D. H. Burnham.

The Indian nations. Colonial times. The Erie Canal. The Underground Railroad. American history runs throughout Buffalo Niagara, and many of the towns and villages in our region celebrate that history with festivals and re-enactments.

Where LIFE is celebrated. There's no such thing as a Buffalo Niagara season that goes by without something to celebrate. You'll know that Spring has sprung at the Hellenic Festival in May, or the Allentown Art Festival and Juneteenth in June and the festival lasts pretty much all summer long at the Chautauqua Institute. With our agricultural past and present, we celebrate autumn with harvest festivals throughout the region (and with all of our pumpkins, we really like Halloween). Winter brings December's Angel Station Postage Cancellation in Angelica and January's Winter Carnival. Whatever the time of year, Buffalo Niagara loves to celebrate its diversity, history, and culture.

Where LIFE is fun. Whether you're an avid outdoors fan who can't wait to jump in the water or off the ski lift, or just an armchair quarterback, sports and recreational opportunities are in plentiful supply in Buffalo Niagara. So are cultural opportunities at our many museums, theaters, and concert halls.

Where LIFE is appetizing. Haute cuisine. Ethnic. Fish that just leapt out of the lake. Meat (and lots of it.) Buffalo Niagara isn't afraid to put a real meal on the table. With all of our farm country, you can count on a lot of what's cooking to be fresh. And, yes, the Buffalo wings are really, really good.

Attractions

Buffalo Niagara is an explorer's delight. People exploring our region find an ideal balance of sports and recreational opportunities, cultural venues, historic sights, and natural wonders.

Play ball. The Buffalo Niagara region offers year-round sports and recreational opportunities. Buffalo Niagara is home to the NFL's Buffalo Bills and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. And when it comes to our teams, we're fanatics. The Bills regularly score at or near the top of the NFL in attendance at Ralph Wilson Stadium, while the Sabres draw fans from both sides of the U.S - Canadian border to the state-of-the-art HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.

One of the nation's most successful Triple-A baseball franchises, the Buffalo Bisons (part of the Cleveland Indians organization) let you catch tomorrow's major leaguers today at Coca Cola Park. For today's major leaguers, Toronto and the Blue Jays – are a short drive away. The professional sports landscape also includes the Buffalo Bandits, the 2008 National Lacrosse League Champions.

Basketball fans can choose from top-flight NCAA Division One programs at Canisius College, Niagara University, St. Bonaventure and the University at Buffalo.

Play outside. Buffalo Niagara's terrain and seasonal changes let its residents enjoy a full spectrum of recreational sports and activities - from skiing, sledding, skating and snowboarding in the winter to camping, hiking, sailing, swimming, water skiing, golf, tennis, softball and much more during spring and summer.

Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Niagara River, all offer great opportunities for experiencing the outdoors, it's one of the area's greatest secrets: Buffalo Niagara is an angler's paradise, with some of the best smallmouth bass, musky, king salmon, steelhead, walleye and lake trout fishing in the world.

Is golf your game? Buffalo Niagara has 35 public courses, over half of them municipal facilities. That translates to low-cost golf, with unlimited-play season passes to be had for as little as $150.

Like the snow? Come winter, the hills of Southern Erie County are filled with skiers, sledders, skaters and snowboarders. The region's list of winter sports venues range from the sledding and tobogganing hills of Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park to world class skiing at resorts such as Holiday Valley near picturesque Ellicottville, Kissing Bridge and Peek'n Peak.

Credits: The Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

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