Five Tips for Your Season Opening Party

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Buffalo Bills will be playing in the season opener Sept. 11. Instead of just going to a bar to watch the game, if you live at Town Hall Terrace you could host a season starter party that’s sure to have everyone raving. Here are five ways you could celebrate the start of the 2016 season in one of our townhomes, patio homes or apartments.

Host at Your Place

To start, there’s no place like home! Instead of going to a party or bar, bring the party to you. Invite a bunch of friends over to your spacious apartment or townhome at Town Hall Terrace and cheer the Bills on to victory from the luxury of your own place.

Football KickoffHave a Day of Sports

Do you and your friends love to play sports as much as you like watching? Before kickoff, head outside to Town Hall Terrace’s basketball and tennis courts and play a match or two. It could also be a great way to let off some steam after the game if they lose.

Watch with Residents

Bills fans are everywhere in Western New York, including many of the neighbors at Town Hall Terrace. So this year, gather a group of friends and neighbors to root for the team together. It’s not only fun but it’s a great way to strengthen your connections in the community here.

Party at the Picnic Pavilion

Not able to tailgate? No problem! Get a group together and have a cookout before the game at our picnic pavilion! You can grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs and make sure everyone is fed and ready to cheer the Bills on come kickoff.

Watch at the Clubhouse Lounge

If you have decided to have a party at your apartment but it’s not looking like everyone is going to fit, transfer the party to the clubhouse lounge. With a ton of room and huge flat-screen television, residents can reserve the lounge to host a kickoff party or other game-day viewing celebration with all your fellow Bills fanatics.

Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island has apartments, townhomes and patio homes for rent. With a variety of great amenities and located a short drive from destinations in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and the greater region, make Town Hall Terrace your next home. For more information, feel free to call us today at 716-773-2788!

Celebrate Summer Outside with Our Great Amenities

AmenitiesAs many of you may know, summertime in Western New York is very short. That’s why it is important to get out and enjoy the summer weather while you have the opportunity. At Town Hall Terrace, we share this sentiment and offer a range of outdoor amenities here that will allow you to get out and have some fun in the sun during the summer.

If you’re looking to get out and get some exercise, then our tennis courts and basketball courts are sure to be right up your alley. You could play a one on one game of tennis with your roommate or a friend or team up and take on other competitors at the court. As for the basketball courts, you could simply shoot around, join in a game with others already playing or get a game of your own started. One benefit of being on these courts is that it also offers a chance for you to meet and get to know other residents, allowing you to make better friends with your neighbors!

As you may know, Town Hall Terrace is also pet-friendly, and we allow dogs and cats in our apartments, townhouses and patio homes. If you want to get outside with your four-legged friend, we have more than enough room for it at our dog exercise park. You can go outside and run around with your pup or play fetch. Just like with the tennis courts, you and your pup and have a chance to play with other pet owners at Town Hall Terrace as well, making new friends – both human and canine!

After all of that exercise and fun, you’re probably going to be hungry and what’s better than an outdoor barbecue? Town Hall Terrace also boats a great outdoor picnic pavilion with picnic tables and grills so you can cook up your favorite summertime meals. Kick back in the shade with a few friends and enjoy the summer breeze, the fresh smell of burgers or sausage and the casual, comfortable life of living at Town Hall Terrace.

If you’re looking for a convenient place to live with great amenities that can help you make the most of your summer, look no further than Town Hall Terrace. We’re located in Grand Island, New York, and all of our apartments, townhouses and patio homes are just a short drive to anywhere in Western New York. To learn more or for more information, call us today at 716-773-2788!

County Fair Season Is Upon Us!

County Fairs“The fair is coming to town!” These words spark indescribable excitement for residents in Erie and Niagara counties, especially as the opening days of each county fair draws near. We hope you’re ready for these county fairs to hit your part of town!

175th Niagara County Fair in Lockport

From Aug. 3-7, take in all the sights, smells and sounds that the Niagara County Fair has to offer. You and your family can have fun together and make memories as you enjoy the food, fun and entertainment that is coming to the Niagara County Fairgrounds. Enjoy family-friendly games, delicious food, 4H animals, a parrot show, comedy shows and much more.

With a parade planned Saturday, Aug. 6, meat auctions, live music, midway rides and games and so much more, you can’t miss the great fair’s 175th year! Check out the full schedule on the Niagara County Fair’s website and plan your trip.

177th Erie County Fair in Hamburg

What will you be doing Aug. 10-21? Hopefully you will be going to the Erie County Fair! As the third largest county fair in the country, there’s always something new to see, do and taste. Known for attracting thousands of both new and retuning fair-goers, the Erie County Fair always delivers a memorable and family-friendly experience.

What can you expect? Rides for both children and adults, one-of-a-kind food creations, carnival entertainments, concerts in the grandstand – including Hunter Hayes and Lee Brice – animal shows and displays and so much more. It’s one of the greatest times of the summer, and it certainly should not be missed. There are always new games to play, new rides to try, new food to taste and new sights to see!

For more information on admission prices, parking and hours, visit the Erie County Fair’s website.

Living on Grand Island makes it easy to get to the county fairs so that you can take in all the sights and activities. If you’re looking to move to Grand Island, check out the available apartments, townhouses and patio homes at Town Hall Terrace. We’re a conveniently close to both fairgrounds and many other great amenities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and all throughout Western New York. To learn more about our currently available units, call us today at 716-773-2788.

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.

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.

 

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!