Tucked up against the east side of Cobbs Hill in the southeast section of the city, this neighborhood is distinguished by its gently sloping streets, historic street lamps, mature trees, and a picturesque variety of domestic architectural styles from the 1920s and 30s. The wide grassy mall dividing Nunda Boulevard – designed by renowned landscape architect Alling DeForest – is the centerpiece of the neighborhood and leads to the entrance of Washington Grove, a beautiful forest park full of old-growth trees. The Friends of Washington Grove is an active stewardship group working to restore and preserve the grove.
Houses throughout the Cobbs Hill neighborhood exhibit a wide variety of styles, including simple American Foursquares with welcoming front porches, stucco or wood-sided colonials, Dutch colonials, and numerous Tudor Revivals with stucco and wood half-timbering, brick, or stone facades. To compliment the homes, a number of dedicated gardeners have nearly eliminated their front lawns to create perennial gardens!
There are convenient recreation facilities on the west side of Cobbs Hill Park, near Lake Riley including basketball, tennis, baseball, and a playground and picnic pavilions. The City of Rochester R-Center’s After School in the Park is held at Lake Riley in Cobbs Hill, and many residents hold events at the Tay House Lodge near School #1 and Monroe County Water Authority. During school breaks, the Citys hosts its popular Biz Kid$ camp here.
Atop the hill, the reservoir is a popular place for running, bicycling and walking, offering spectacular, panoramic views of the city skyline to the northwest. The columned pavilion on the west side of this reservoir is a gathering place for musicians and performers, and during the winter residents enjoy the enormous sledding hill.
The area’s elementary school, Martin Anderson School #1, is located on the north side of Cobbs Hill, an easy walking distance from many streets in the neighborhood. The restaurants and shops of East Avenue, Monroe Avenue, and Park Avenue, are minutes away – all within walking distance in nice weather.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.