Located about 35 miles from both Rochester and Buffalo, Batavia has a small town vibe with many renowned and charming shops and restaurants throughout the city. Unlike Rust Belt Buffalo, however, new development in Batavia has made life for residents more pleasant and convenient, with new large box stores and chains springing up in the more suburban parts of town.
Much of this new development and revitalized economy is due to the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, located just north of the city center. This state-of-the-art compound and immigration detention center has housed some of your most famous former neighbors, including terrorism suspect Nabil Ahmed Farag Soliman.
Terrorism and deportation aside, Batavia also has tons of great family friendly activities. The city is located close to both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, so summer water sports are just a short jaunt away. Additionally, there are several parks that offer playgrounds, picnic facilities and recreational sports.
While Batavia may not have a thriving cultural scene, there is a small arts community, and residents enjoy proximity to large movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars and restaurants.
By far the best part of about living in Batavia is the low cost of living and a pretty decent safety record, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding tons of cheap apartments throughout many of Batavia’s best neighborhoods.
Because Batavia is kind of an up-and-coming city, many of the apartment rentals you find will be older constructions. If you’re looking for new townhomes, condominiums and apartments for rent, you’ll find a small smattering of them to the northeast of downtown. These new residential developments offer everything from studio apartments to four bedrooms in quiet, well-mannered communities. The northeastern neighborhoods of Batavia also have the best safety reputation. Two bedrooms here range from $650 to $850.
Just east of downtown you’ll find a few older apartment complexes as well as duplexes and rental homes. Many of these rental properties will have great historic charm. Two bedrooms here range from $600 to $800.
There are a few apartment rentals and rental homes located west of downtown. The area to the northwest has the best safety reputation, and you can find some of the better rental properties in this area. Two bedrooms here range from $550 to $700.
If you’re relocating to Batavia with a four-legged friend, don’t sweat! Many of the city’s most desirable rentals are both cat and dog friendly. Though some apartments and rental homes may have size or breed restrictions, you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating a pet friendly place to call home.
So welcome to Batavia! Enjoy all that your new thriving western New York city has to offer.