A Renter's Guide to Buffalo, New York

When you think of Buffalo, New York harsh winter months and great food may come to mind. If you’re a renter in Buffalo, NY you’ve hit the jackpot with endless welcoming and somewhat affordable neighborhood options surrounding the city. So how do you choose the best neighborhood for you?

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020

  Ashley Orlowski

  Renter Guides   Renter   New York   Buffalo   


When you think of Buffalo, New York harsh winter months and great food may come to mind. If you’re a renter in Buffalo, NY you’ve hit the jackpot with endless welcoming and somewhat affordable neighborhood options surrounding the city. So how do you choose the best neighborhood for you?


Buffalo just happens to be known as “The City of Good Neighbors”. Whether you were born in Buffalo, lived in Buffalo as a college student, or just visiting, this small blue collar city will leave its mark. People are kind. They stick together through the tough times. Just minutes away from the Canadian border, Buffalo NY is a wonderful place to live whether you’re a college student or a young family looking for a growing city to call home. With so many affordable and diverse neighborhoods surrounding the City of Buffalo, a great affordable neighborhood is just minutes away.


Let’s take a look at a few great neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY:


Elmwood Village

Home to some of the city’s most popular bars, restaurants, and shops, the Elmwood Village is a favorite for both locals and visitors. During the summer you’ll find the streets packed with people enjoying the beautiful Buffalo weather, listening to the local musicians who line the sidewalks and park areas, or grabbing bite from their favorite local coffee shop or pub. From art to healthy food to yoga, the Elmwood Village is the perfect spot for renters of all ages.


Best Places to Live in Elmwood Village


Elmwood Village Apartments


Elmwood Village Apartments offer perhaps the best location imaginable for city neighborhood life in Buffalo. Anyone who has been there knows that Elmwood village rental apartments are always sought after. Located at 715-721 Elmwood Ave, these buildings are literally steps from Spot Coffee, arguably Buffalo's best coffeehouse and street-side people gallery. Hungry for more? Step across the street for sushi, two steps further for gelato, two steps back for a sundae. You'll have all you need on the block, but a great place inside, too. These restored 1890's Elmwood Avenue apartments are loaded with oak woodwork, and some units feature private yards and veranda-sized porches on top of it all. Now is your chance to land in that 1 bedroom apartment on Elmwood that you've been thinking about.



770 Elmwood Apartments


Discover more vibrant living at 770 Elmwood Apartments. Our Luxury apartments in the Elmwood Village area of Buffalo, NY, allow you to live the lifestyle you have always wanted. Choose from 1 & 2 bedroom apartments for rent close to several local colleges and universities, beautiful parks, and plentiful shopping and dining opportunities.


Elmwood-Anderson Place Apartments


If you love Elmwood Village but don’t like regular house-style apartments, Anderson Place is the place for you! This mid-rise building is on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Anderson place, directly across from popular restaurants and shops on Elmwood Avenue. Residing at Anderson place puts you in the heart of it all, right on Elmwood Avenue, but allows you a private retreat when you want some peace and quiet. These spacious, newly remodeled apartments feature carpet and hardwood surfaces throughout, with many updated appliances and kitchens. All appliances included–and pet friendly!


Lafayette Lofts in Elmwood Village


Lafayette Lofts features twenty-one (21) residential rental units that are some of the most unique and distinctive in Buffalo.  They have incorporated the property’s elegant architectural features into the new units – stained glass, original wood trim and floors, high vaulted ceilings, and much more.  They have beautiful lofts in the former gymnasium and unique units built over the former bowling alley. They even have a beautiful unit located in historic church office space that features an original safe. Ten (10) of the units feature one bedroom, ten (10) units have two bedrooms and we have one (1) three-bedroom unit.  Onsite parking and storage is available for each unit. 

Each residential unit features the best in modern living – elegant kitchens with granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.  All baths feature period tile work. Also, each unit has its own washer and dryer, instant hot water, high efficiency heating and air conditioning, plenty of closets, and much more.  The building has a full security and building access system for your safety. Lafayette Lofts is pet friendly as well as a smoke-free campus.



Best Restaurants in Elmwood Village


Caffe Aroma

Buffalo's longest running independently owned coffee shop. Serving great coffee and espresso, beer, wine and signature cocktails (yep, a coffee shop with a liquor license!), lite fare including panini, wraps, frittata, pizza and cheese plates, pastries and gourmet desserts baked from scratch daily at Trattoria Aroma. A local staple at the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell since 1995.



Ashker's Juice Bar and Cafe


Ashker's Juice Bar and Cafe opened on Elmwood Avenue in 2008, and started expanding only a year afterwards. Ashker's is a unique spot located right in the heart of the Elmwood Village and is known for incredible fresh juices, smoothies, and healthy food options. This juice bar and cafe has quickly made a name for itself, owner Angelo Ashker is very pleased with the restaurant's success so far.




Since 1996, Kuni's has been proud to serve traditional sushi and Japanese cuisine to our Buffalo friends. We use the freshest ingredients to bring you an authentic taste of Japan. The menu includes a wide variety of offerings to suit every palate; from Chef's Choice Sushi and Sashimi Combo Platters, contemporary sashimi plates like Sashimi 21, traditional house specialties like Kuni's Fried Chicken and seasonal, chef created daily specials.

Kuni's offers a wide selection of Japanese sake and liquor, wine, and beer. Choose from over 20 varieties of sake to enjoy with your meal or let the knowledgeable staff guide you. Beer offerings range from local WNY breweries to Japanese micro breweries including Hitachino Nest, Ginga Kogen and Echigo Beer. One can also explore the great single malt whisky coming out of Japan, currently ranked as having some of the best whisky distilleries in the world, while seated at the beautiful, hand-built bar. Discover the subtle nuances of shochu with a selection of 15 different kinds.


Hertel Avenue


Just a short drive away from Elmwood Village, Hertel Avenue boasts a very similar vibe and offerings for renters. With more duplex homes offered as spacious apartments, Hertel Avenue offers more space for your money as well as more of a family-friendly atmosphere. Hertel Avenue could also be considered a great place for young adults who want to be near it all without being directly in the center of the busiest areas.


With this area of North Buffalo primarily being homes, you’ll want to check local ads for duplex properties for rent.


Best Restaurants on Hertel Ave.


Bob & John’s La Hacienda


Known for some of the best pizza in Buffalo, Bob & John’s La Hacienda is conveniently located on Hertel Avenue with both indoor and outdoor seating options. The menu at Bob & John's La Hacienda features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Bob & John's La Hacienda has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.



SPOT Coffee


SPOT Coffee is a coffee shop staple in Buffalo, NY. Their coffee menu offers something for everyone and their food menu features fresh-grilled paninis, flavorful salads, stone-fired pizzas and sumptuous desserts. The food is delicious restaurant quality served up fresh from one of the friendly employees. The Hertel Avenue location is one of the best with plenty of street parking, and a wide selection of both indoor and outdoor seating.



Joe’s Deli


Another iconic staple of Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY Joe’s Deli feels like a delicatessen taken right on the street of New York City. Their sandwiches are delicious and fresh. Joe’s Deli is a classic deli featuring award-winning, specialty sandwiches, homemade soups, salads and healthy wraps. Give it a try if you’re renting in the North Buffalo area!



Downtown Buffalo


We can’t talk about living in Buffalo, NY without mentioning the huge explosion of downtown apartments over the past decade. Over the past 10 years, downtown living has gone from non-existent to countless old buildings completely renovated into gorgeous and spacious lofts. To see downtown Buffalo come to life with new apartments, breweries, and restaurants has been a great thing for the city.


Best Places to Live in Downtown Buffalo


Ellicott Commons


The Ellicott Commons were built in 2004 and have fantastic access to Seabar, The Washington Market, Fix Hair Salon, Market Arcade Movie Cinemas, Shea's Buffalo and The Lafayette Hotel. It is also adjacent to the 33, the light rail and medical corridor. The 1,100 to 2,400 square foot apartments feature blonde bamboo flooring, kitchens with black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Each two-bedroom loft has exposed brick walls, 10 oversized doors, fireplace and air conditioning, as well as access to a laundry room and small gym.



AM & A’s Warehouse Lofts


If you’re looking to live in one of Buffalo’s most exciting reuse projects, look no further. The AM&A’s Warehouse Lofts are a great addition to the downtown loft scene, don’t miss your chance to live in this historic building. The building features 12 two-bedroom units and 36 one-bedroom units, each with plenty of living space for you and ample room for entertaining your guests. Exposed ductwork and an original load-bearing column can compliment almost any modern day furnishings. Large windows provide ample light. Original to the building, the wood floors provide a beautiful aesthetic to the entire loft, even the bathroom. Other features include granite countertops, stainless appliances, brick walls, 11 foot ceilings, an oversize tub and shower, on-demand hot water, dishwashers and tenant storage.



Apartments at the Buffalo Lafayette


When you mention The Lafayette, you truly think of New York City. It’s a combination of turn of the century charm with modern day conveniences. The Lafayette has 92 apartments covering 4 floors with 23 completely unique floor plans on each floor! You’ll also be able to enjoy sophisticated appointments such as granite countertops, hardwood floors, oversized windows, central heat and air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, on-demand hot water, gas stoves, dishwashers, access to affordable and covered downtown parking and killer views.


Best Restaurants in Downtown Buffalo


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que


Located in the heart of Buffalo’s Theater District, the Buffalo Dinosaur Bar-B-Que occupies a former vault that stored movies for Universal International Pictures, 301 Franklin Street. They’ve been slinging delicious Dinosaur BBQ in Buffalo since February 2014 and customers from all over New York and Canada are traveling to dig in at this local BBQ joint in downtown Buffalo.



Pearl Street Grill & Brewery


A staple for sports fans and locals, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery is a must-stop when visiting downtown Buffalo. You’ll find this multi-level restaurant and brewery packed almost every evening and especially on the weekends and they offer great event space for weddings and parties. The multilevel and New Orleans style wrap around copper-roofed patios, visible from the I-190, have hundreds of blooming hanging baskets, Lake Erie sunsets, city-scapes and waterfront vistas.





Tappo is an Italian restaurant downtown with delicious food, excellent wine bottles selections, rooftop patio with views of famous Buffalo buildings. Tappo uses the finest and freshest ingredients to make guests feel like they’re eating homemade Italian dishes straight from their mothers kitchen.



Best Nightlife in Downtown Buffalo


The Underground Niteclub


Best known for the friendly atmosphere and great dancing music, The Underground Niteclub is a popular gay bar offering drinks, dancing & a variety of entertainment, including karaoke.



Rec Room


Conveniently located in Downtown Buffalo, The Rec Room offers live music and event space in the featuring Buffalo’s only Live Band Karaoke! They offer concerts on weekdays, Karaoke every Friday, club night w/ DJ Biacco every Saturday and the Sunday Ticket all football season for Bills Fans.



Lucky Day Whiskey Bar


Lucky Day Whiskey Bar is located in the heart of Downtown Buffalo in the Historic Ancient Landmarks Masonic Lodge built in 1904. Their dinner menu is made up of all house made features including specialty handmade pies. Weekly specials highlight fresh seafood options, house made pastas, and other modern American hearty dishes from Chef Mitchell Fannin. The ambiance is unforgettable, along with their Library wall of 500+ Whiskey choices.



Whether you’re a born and raised Buffalonian, a college student at one of the many amazing schools in the area, or someone just looking for a new place to call home, Buffalo, NY has something to offer every renter. They are a city that will always welcome you with open arms, delicious food, and mediocre sports teams. Who knows- Maybe you’ll jump on the Buffalo Bills of Buffalo Sabres bandwagon. Happy renting!



About the author

Ashley Orlowski is the Digital Marketing Analyst for VerticalRent. She has a passion for writing with both landlords and renters in mind. She strongly believes enrolling and utilizing VerticalRent and VerticalRent Community can greatly benefit all parties involed and help encourgage better landlord/renter dynamics and stronger roommate relationships.

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