Best Neighborhoods in the Most Convenient Western New York Locations

For people who want the right balance of serenity with urban excitement, Western New York is the place to live—specifically, on the outskirts of Buffalo. This city, with just over 1.1 million residents—is ranked among the “Best Places to Live” by U.S. News & World Report. The cost of living, healthcare, utilities, and groceries is below the national median, and Buffalo offers a great mix of cultural, entertainment, sporting, and recreational opportunities. So, if you want to get closer to this dynamic city, here’s Forbes Capretto Homes’ insight into the best neighborhoods in the most convenient Buffalo locations.


Twenty minutes from Buffalo, Orchard Park is a town with nearly 30,000 people that maintains a peaceful suburban lifestyle while also offering its own diverse experiences, like the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra and New Era Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Chestnut Ridge Park is a popular outdoor destination for Orchard Park’s residents. The 1,200-acre park features an amphitheater that is used frequently for summer concerts and outdoor productions. You can also pursue your passion for hiking, tennis, camping, and disc golf in the warmer Buffalo weather, and snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding when snow covers the ground.

Forbes Capretto Homes offers several neighborhoods of new homes in Orchard Park. Birdsong Estates, Eagle Heights, and Pleasant Acres West are each situated in locations that combine private, scenic settings with convenient access to the area’s services and major roadways.


The town of Lancaster is just 14 miles from downtown Buffalo. Within the town, there’s a quaint village, with beautifully preserved, historic buildings like the Lancaster Opera House and Lancaster Presbyterian Church. The popular Como Lake Park—named “The Best Picnic Area in Buffalo”—provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The highly acclaimed Lancaster Central School District—recognized as one of the top school districts in Erie County—presents yet another reason to move to this suburb.

If this sounds like the kind of place you want for your hometown, Forbes Capretto Homes invites you to look at our pristine communities of Hidden Meadow and Windsor Ridge.


With about 32,000 residents, Clarence presents the comfort and hospitality of a suburban lifestyle in Western New York, and it’s only 19 miles from Buffalo. Simple pleasures in Clarence include apple picking, corn mazes, tobogganing in the park, and dropping a fishing line in one of the creeks. The downtown area of Clarence features a wide array of locally-owned shops, restaurants, and services, so you never have to go far for what you need. Several streams run through Clarence, adding scenic drives and trails to the menu of things to do here.

Among the new homes in Clarence, you’ll find the Forbes Capretto Homes’ communities of Northwoods, Spaulding Green, and Waterford Estates, each with its own distinctive character.


A quiet suburb with less than 21,000 residents, Grand Island presents a desirable lifestyle that blends the region’s natural beauty with easy access to everything you need. With 28 square miles of land, it’s the largest island in the Niagara River, on the border between the U.S. and Canada. Niagara Falls is just three miles west of the northern tip of Grand Island, so you’re not just surrounded by water here, but also by picture-perfect scenery. Grand Island’s schools offer a low teacher:student ratio so children receive the personal attention they deserve. Buffalo is just 12 miles from Grand Island—a 15-minute drive via Interstate 190.

Forbes Capretto Homes invites you to explore our new homes in Grand Island at our new community, New England Estates.


Hamburg, New York, is known as “the town that friendship built”. With nearly 57,000 residents, Hamburg is hardly a small town, but living in this part of Erie County gives the sense of that lifestyle. Hamburg’s rich historic, architectural, and cultural heritage is a source of pride for the town’s residents. The fairgrounds host the annual Erie County Fair—the third largest in the country. Woodlawn Beach State Park is a popular recreational area, with a mile-long beach on the shores of Lake Erie and an adjacent wildlife habitat. The Hamburg schools have earned high praise for providing a quality education. Buffalo Niagara Airport and Buffalo are 20 minutes away from this peaceful, scenic town.

The Forbes Capretto Homes community of Pleasant Creek offers a prestigious neighborhood of new homes in Hamburg, so you can make your move to this lovely “town that friendship built”.


Named  one of the “Top Ten Best Small Towns in America”, the town of Lewiston, New York,is a peaceful community near Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, which separates Lewiston from Canada. Celebrating its bicentennial in 2018, Lewiston is rich with Native American and colonial heritage, preserved and proudly presented by the town’s active historical society.

Several parks and reservoirs in Lewiston provide the town’s residents with recreational choices, including the unique, 150-acre Artpark, which overlooks the Niagara River Gorge. The outdoor amphitheater presents live concerts and theater productions, and the park is well-known for a collection of outdoor works of art. The community is also close to a variety of other activities, including local vineyards and a wide assortment of festivals and historical and cultural attractions. Being close to Niagara Falls and 20 minutes from Buffalo, you expand your choices for things to do when you live in Lewiston.

French Landing is Forbes Capretto Homes’ community of new homes in Lewiston. This neighborhood presents a location that is convenient to everything in and around Lewiston, while also providing privacy and tranquility.

Forbes Capretto Homes invites you to experience the best neighborhoods in the Buffalo suburbs. If you have your own location in mind, talk to us about building on your lot.

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