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Browncroft Neighborhood - Rochester, NY


The Browncroft neighborhood is in southeast Rochester and has a suburban feel. That’s easy to understand, because the neighborhood borders the town of Brighton and was annexed by the city of Rochester from Brighton in 1914. The area has large, elegant homes and tree-lined streets, with 400 homes on the city’s Browncroft Historic District and many on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood’s original developer, Charles J. Brown, owned a nursery and gave the area its name.

Who Lives Here

This neighborhood has included many top-ranking city and Monroe County officials over the years, as well as younger families and other professionals.


Although the Browncroft area is mostly residential, residents here are close to North Winton Road and several stores, restaurants and bars there. A Tops grocery store is at Winton and Blossom roads, and a Wegmans grocery store is nearby on East Avenue near Winton. The Winton Branch Library is at 611 N. Winton Road, and a post office is at 130 N. Winton.

Recreation & Entertainment

There are plenty of outdoor-activity options at nearby Ellison Park, such as tennis courts, hiking trails and softball fields. North Winton Road offers a variety of restaurants and bars and stores. There’s a neighborhood rose garden at Browncroft Boulevard and Merchants Road, and the neighborhood association plans an annual picnic and a bi-annual neighborhood garage sale. Sledding is very popular in winter from North Landing Road, atop Ellison Park.

Transportation & Traffic

Route 590, which heads north-south, is accessible by Winton Road and Blossom Road. North Winton Road is well-traveled and is busy during rush hour.

Pros & Cons

This is an upscale neighborhood suited to the fairly well-to-do and popular with families. The immediate area is quiet with few nightlife options, but North Winton Road and other nearby areas offer a plethora of choices.

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