Cool Off with a Quick Trip to the Beach

When looking for the right location to move to in Western New York, it’s important to keep one thing in mind, especially during the summer: How far is it from the beach? If you move to the Grand Island area, you’ll be in close proximity to several of the best beaches in the region! There are plenty of places to cool off during the summer in both Erie and Niagara counties, and Town Hall Terrace on Grand Island is just a short drive away from them all.

Erie County Beaches

The closest beach to Grand Island is Beaver Island State Park. It’s actually located right on Grand Island! It’s more than your average beach, however, as it provides canoe and kayak launches, bike trails and access to fishing, boating and picnic areas – and, of course, the sandy beach. No matter what you want to do, just remember you’re closer than ever to fun in the sun!

Right outside the city of Buffalo in Hamburg is the hidden gem of Woodlawn Beach State Park. All you have to do is follow the wooden pathway among trees and nature, and you’ll reach the secret spot! Cool off in Lake Erie, play some volleyball, or just enjoy the gorgeous view.

Going a bit further south, Evangola Beach is the third state park beach for residents to visit. This park offers plenty of campsites plus convenient amenities, including snacks and treats from the snack bar, a camp store for campers to stock up and a natural sandy beach that offers great swimming. It may be the furthest park from Grand Island, but it’s definitely worth the drive!

Krull ParkNiagara County Beaches

Olcott Beach and Krull Park provide endless fun for the whole family on Lake Ontario. Krull Park offers picnic areas and covered pavilions available to rent for special events, plus two playgrounds and even a splash park. It’s a park you can enjoy year round, too, with events planned all throughout the year! Come summertime, you can enjoy the waterfront and beach, not to mention the beautiful views that Olcott Beach has to offer.

Residents of WNY can also enjoy Wilson-Tuscarora State Park all year long, even in the winter! Cool off by taking a dip in the water and relaxing under the sizzling sun, or stay active and go on a hike on the four-mile nature trail. In the winter, the trail is open for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

You now know how close Town Hall Terrace apartments are located to the beaches and state parks in Erie and Niagara counties – and that doesn’t even count the private beaches and town and village parks available! If you’d like to learn more about our available apartments, townhouses or patio homes, give us a call today at 716-773-2788.

Stay Fit Right at Home with Our Fitness Facility

With a wealth of fitness centers scattered across every town, there’s usually no shortage of options for those looking for a new place to exercise. However, with gym memberships costing monthly fees – fees that continue to rise or may only stay low for a promotional period – it can be difficult to justify maintaining a membership. Plus, not many people like having to get up and go someplace else when they can do similar exercises and get the same results in their own living rooms.

Some might say that the enthusiasm to work out at home is less than if you were heading to the gym, but that is not necessarily true. There are many benefits working out at home or within your close community. At Town Hall Terrace, our residents have access to our fitness center, offering a range of cardio and strength training machines to work out without straining the wallet. Here are a few of the benefits of having convenient access right in your community.

Fitness CenterTime and Money

The most obvious and immediate benefit is that you save time and money. Not having to make time to drive to a gym and pay a monthly fee is great, and it means that you can exercise when you want to. If you have a spare 15 minutes while dinner is cooking or you’re waiting for the laundry to buzz, that’s a great amount of time for squats, lunges or arm exercises.

Quick Access

With a small, private facility, there are a limited number of people who will be using the gym. Unlike private membership facilities, there’s not dozens of people all trying to use the same pieces of equipment which means that with our fitness center there’s no waiting around for machines. It is not uncommon to have a disruption of exercise regimen when machines are being occupied, but at Town Hall Terrace, you have access to 10 different machines that each offer dozens of exercise routines – plus a full line of free wrights and lifting machines for upper body workouts – to ensure you can get the workout you want without waiting.

No Egos

The threat of being intimidated by the egos of others is eliminated, too. There is no pressure to be perfect at home. Those working out with you are your friends and neighbors from the community, meaning that you’ll often be surrounded by friendly and familiar faces during your workout. Plus, if you make friends with your fellow gym attendees, you may find the perfect workout buddy or spotter you need to help you take your training to the next level.

At Town Hall Terrace, our facility offers all the machines and equipment you expect from a gym as part of your residency. Beyond the equipment, our fitness facility offers plenty of space for floor exercises, as well, and offers air conditioning, mounted TVs and a beautiful view to keep you comfortable and entertained while you work out.

Not much of a gym person? No problem! Our professional-grade tennis courts and heated pool are perfect for a day of exercise and fun outdoors. We keep the tennis courts in top shape and provide you will all of the equipment you need to play, while our pool is cleaned frequently for safe swimming. There is also a dog exercise park where you and your four-legged friends can run and spend quality time together. This is an expansive area with beautiful scenery.

When it comes right down to it, what better place to exercise and explore than right in your community? Stay active and healthy and save on the gym when you rent at Town Hall Terrace. To learn more about any of our amenities or to find out about our currently available units, call us today at 716-773-2788 or email us at townhallterrace@verizon.net.

Higher Education Convenient to Get to from Grand Island

CollegeHigher education is important, especially when pursuing a successful and long career. Choosing the right path for education is based upon not only the degree you wish to obtain, but also the college you wish to attend.

For prospective or current students in Western New York, Grand Island is a wonderful place to live during the college years because it is in the middle of the major universities that serve the greater Buffalo-Niagara region.

It can be difficult to live in a dorm situation, and off-campus living is more suited to those who are seeking a more normal lifestyle. Commuting to and from Grand Island to surrounding universities is a quick trip, with most finding an average driving time of only 10 to 20 minutes.

Some of the best colleges in Western New York that are close to Grand Island include:

Niagara University – 14 minutes away. This college has a fantastic program for engineering, nursing, accounting, management, communications and education.

Buffalo State – 12 minutes. Buffalo State has an excellent education program as well as other degrees in the arts, economics and communications.

Canisius College – 17 minutes. At this college, you can graduate with a degree in education, accounting, human services and biology.

University at Buffalo – 15 minutes. University at Buffalo is a top-rated school nationally and the flagship of the SUNY system. The university offers more degree programs than any other college in New York state, from undergraduate to graduate and doctoral programs.

Niagara County Community College – 23 minutes. NCCC offers many two-year programs for students to pursue degrees in a variety of programs, including education, communication, nursing and other health services fields.

Erie Community College – 22 minutes. At ECC, students can obtain a two-year degree in physical therapy assistantship, education, computer science and criminal justice.

The degree programs listed for the above universities are an overview, and there are many, many more programs available at each college.

If you plan on attending any of the above colleges or others in Western New York, Town Hall Terrace on Grand Island offers easy living in beautiful homes that are maintenance free and come complete with amazing amenities and an affordable price. To learn more, give us a call at 716-773-2788 and find out more about our available apartments today.

 

Patio Homes Are a Great Choice for Retirees, Empty Nesters

After you retire from your fulfilling career, you deserve to sit back and enjoy life. Maybe it’s by taking that luxurious cruise or buying a mobile home to travel across the country, or maybe it’s downsizing from your large and demanding home to something a bit more manageable. As we age, it is all about doing things the convenient way.

Patio HomesOwning a large home is a lot of work – almost more work than an actual 9 to 5 job. You have the interior and exterior to keep clean, not to mention the structural components of your home to constantly worry about and pay for. Home ownership can be very taxing on the body. Are you finding it difficult to get up and down stairs, move from one room to the next when there are so many? No worries! There’s a convenient solution for you.

Move from your larger home to one of the convenient patio home rentals at Town Hall Terrace. Our upscale patio homes are smaller, yet still spacious, featuring an open layout and – of course, as the name implies – a beautifully crafted attached patio.

Our patio homes are designed for independent living. Situated in a community atmosphere on Grand Island, you have easy access to an abundance of amenities. Each patio home gives you the peace of mind that you can still take care of yourself in a home while being surrounded by a close-knit community of your peers and maintaining convenient access to destinations throughout Western New York, including quick access to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the highways to points beyond.

For those with limited mobility, a patio home is also ideal because the home is one floor, making all rooms accessible within just a few steps. Our patio homes are situated in a relaxed, peaceful and fully accessible community where you can enjoy living without the hassle of caring for yourself alone.

Each patio home includes a master suite with a large, handicapped-accessible bath and walk-in closet as well as a guest bedroom with a separate walk-in closet. Each home also boasts a spacious, open kitchen design with hardwood flooring, a breakfast bar and all major appliances. These patio homes also have new washers and dryers, and an attached garage to protect your car from piles of snow during the cold winter months. In nicer weather, sliding glass doors lead out to the patio to relax with your four-legged companion – yes, we’re pet friendly! With an on-site security patrol, too, you’ll never feel uneasy at home.

For more information about the patio homes available at Town Hall Terrace, give us a call today at 716-773-2788.

Summer Concerts – Get to them Fast from Town Hall Terrace!

Live MusicThe summer is the perfect time to kick back on a lawn chair with cocktails and watch some incredible live music, and here on Grand Island, we know how to summer the right way. With plenty of exciting things to do all throughout the year, plus a whole host of awesome summer activities, your next dream home in Town Hall Terrace on Grand Island is waiting for you.

Outdoor concerts are the epitome of summer, and this season, Art Park, located in nearby Lewiston, will be hosting a slew of outdoor concerts this summer that you and your friends can enjoy. Lewiston is located a short 17 minute drive from Grand Island, so it’s quick and easy to get to.

Located even closer to Grand Island is downtown Buffalo – only a 15-minute drive. Downtown Buffalo has a ton to offer throughout the entire year, but during the summer, Canalside offers free music each Thursday night with their summer concert series. All kinds of bands, including local and national acts, will come out for the concerts, so you and your friends can listen to a ton of new music. Bring your lawn chairs out, and enjoy the summer weather.

Town Hall Terrace is located just a few short minutes from all of the best summer concert venues that you could imagine. You still have access to the culture of downtown Buffalo and the scenic concert venues of Art Park, without all of the hustle and bustle that can make living within the city limits or in the bustling suburbs a little stressful. Town Hall Terrace not only has an incredible location to boast, but has all of the amenities you could need in your next dream home. If you’re interested in learning more about our available listings, call us today at 716-773-2788 or learn more about our apartments and townhomes online now.

 

History of Grand Island

Grand Island HistoryFor Western New Yorkers and outside travelers who are looking or who have looked for a great place to set roots, Grand Island has always been a sought-after location. Friendly folks, great schools, close community and plenty of recreational activities are just a few of what makes Grand Island so desirable. These are just a few of the amenities of the Grand Island we are familiar with today, but have you ever looked into the history of how Grand Island became what it is today?

Grand Island has a very unique history. It starts nearly four centuries ago in 1651, when the war against the peaceful Neutre Nation, which occupied Grand Island, lost its battle against the fiery Seneca of the Iroquois. The remaining Neutre became part of the Iroquois League, which by 1655 dominated most of Western New York, including Grand Island, says IsledeGrande.com.

The island was mainly used as a hunting preserve, and no permanent villages were posted on the island. Later, an Indian burying ground was placed where Beaver Island State Park sits. This landmark spot served as the final resting place for deceased members of the Indian tribes.

Almost immediately following the French and Indian war, control of Grand Island changed again, as British forced gained control of the island. Following the Revolutionary War, Britain maintained control of Fort Niagara until 1796, after which the Iroquois again claimed their rights to the islands in the Niagara River. In an effort to make peace and gain control of the islands, the state of New York negotiated the purchase of Grand Island along with the other islands in the river from the Iroquois Nation for $1,000 in 1815. The treaty signed at the time also specified that the Iroquois were to receive $500 every year in perpetuity, a payment still upheld to this and to this day in June, according to Buffalo Architecture and History.

A group known as the Squatters then moved onto the island in 1817, occupying and building upon the land. These settlers quickly became branded as nuisances by the people of Buffalo due to their cutting, logging and shipping of white oak wood from Grand Island. A prominent Buffalo doctor wrote the governor asking for his help in evicting the Squatters out of fear of their disrupting the “peace of this vicinity.” Though legislative action, the governor moved quickly, and a bill passed in April 1819 gave permission to the Niagara County Sheriff to remove them by his discretion. The Squatters were all driven from the island in December of that year, with all families moving to Canada except one – the Pendleton Clarkes, who moved to current-day Pendleton.

A generation later, starting in 1849, farmers moved onto the land and began developing it for crop planting. Due to the water source, natural soil and the weather conditions, the island saw an abundance of crop growth. While the island was growing, no bridge had been built. Bridge discussions trace back as far as 1819, and advocates came close to securing one in 1894 when legislation was introduced to permit the building of a bridge. These efforts eventually fell flat, and it took more than a century for Grand Island to get connected to the mainland, with the completion of the first two bridges at the north and south of the island in 1935.

To this day, Grand Island continues to grow and flourish, offering its residents a unique place to live. Grand Island offers so much more than just a rich history, however, and at Town Hall Terrace, you’ll find plenty of conveniences and amenities that make your life comfortable and relaxing. If you are looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle on Western New York’s wonderful island community of Grand Island, call Town Hall Terrace today at 716-773-2788.

Get So Much More With a Home at Town Hall Terrace

Town Hall TerraceWhen moving into a new place, whether it’s an apartment or house, many of us want more than just a home. At Town Hall Terrace, our residents have a full array of amenities to provide them with many additional conveniences and luxuries to make their experience all the more rewarding. Let’s take a look at a few of the additional amenities that gives renters at Town Hall Terrace so much more than just a home.

Business Center

If you are looking to get some work or studying done, then our business center is where you want to go. This quiet and private area is fully equipped with wireless internet access, a central shared computer and a printer. With an almost library-like setting, you can head to the business center and focus on making sure you get all of your work done.

Clubhouse Lounge

Looking to unwind after all that work? Head on over to the Clubhouse Lounge! This fully furnished area is a great place to not only relax, but to meet other residents as well, especially if you’re new to Town Hall Terrace. It can also be reserved for hosting tenant parties if you and your neighbors would like to hold a little celebration.

Fitness Center

You want to keep your body as strong as your mind, and there’s where our fitness center comes in. Equipped with a full range of cardio equipment and strength machines, the fitness center is the ideal option if you are looking to get a quick workout in or want to avoid crowded gyms.

Heated Pool

After your workout, relax your muscles – or give them a second push – by taking a few laps in our heated pool. Open as long as the weather allows, the pool is a great place to relax or cool down in the summer months. Plus, with an on-duty lifeguard, you can be assured that your children or grandchildren will be safe while swimming.

Tennis and Basketball Courts

Do you prefer to get your exercise through a bit of friendly competition? With convenient tennis and basketball courts, you can game or two with a few of your friends or even meet other residents with a passion for play. The courts are regularly cleaned and maintained as well, so you’ll always have a place to swing the racket or shoot some hoops.

Conveniently located on Grand Island in Western New York, Town Hall Terrace has a great selection of apartments, townhouses and patio homes for rent. Our great location makes it easy to get to downtown Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport or even across the border to Canada. For more information or to learn more about our available rentals, call us today at 716-773-2788!

 

Get the Best of Both Worlds at Town Hall Terrace

Get the Best of Both Worlds at Town Hall TerraceGreetings, and welcome to the first entry of the Town Hall Terrace blog. Here in our little neighborhood on Grand Island, we have plenty of things to be thankful for. Perhaps the thing we love most about our home, though, is its location. From here, it seems like you can drive fifteen minutes in any direction and find something new to do. Best of all, once you’re done with the day’s activities, you can return home to the peaceful, pastoral landscape of Grand Island. So what are a few of our favorite local attractions?

Beaver Island State Park

Located right in our back yard on Grand Island, this 950 acre park is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the region. Featuring a number of attractions and amenities including a golf course, boat launches, a swimming beach and snowmobile trails, Beaver Island State Park is the perfect place to spend a Saturday with the family. No matter what time of year it is, you can always find something new to do at this gorgeous state park.

Niagara Falls

Travel just north of the Island and find yourself at one of the nation’s most beloved natural landmarks. Take a boat tour down the Niagara River and get an up-close look at some of the largest waterfalls in the world. If you brought your passport, you can even hop across the border and spend an afternoon on the Canadian side of the falls.

Downtown Buffalo

Ready to spend an afternoon in the big city? Take a drive just 15 minutes south of Town Hall Terrace and find yourself in the heart of the largest city in the region. Buffalo is currently in the midst of an economic renaissance that has afforded its citizens a host of colorful new attractions to enjoy. See an off-Broadway play at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, catch a Sabres game at First Niagara Center, or just take an afternoon stroll down the colorful streets of Elmwood Village.

By virtue of our unique location, Town Hall Terrace is able to strike a delicate balance between urban and rural landscapes. These are just a few of our favorite attractions in the area. Give us a call today to learn more about all there is to see and do in our area!