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Top 5 Reasons to Live in North Tonawanda, New York

  • Tucked along the Niagara River between Lakes Erie and Ontario, the city of North Tonawanda boasts an impressive 31,568 residents within its 10.1 square miles, as of the 2010 census. Once known as the Lumber Capital of the World due to the advantageous environment for harvesting, drying, and shipping timber, North Tonawanda is now better known for its outstanding waterfront and thriving tourism industry. Incorporated in 1897, the city retains a lot of its historical feel and manufacturing base, but has plenty to offer to the modern urbanite.

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  • Dine along the waterfront! Crazy Jakes located along Tonawanda Creek is a local favorite, with live music on the weekends, outdoor dining in season, a boating club and a fantastic setting. The Remington Tavern, located in what once was a trolley barn along the Erie Canal, offers a spectacular raw bar and expertly cooked Angus strip steaks.
  • Affordable housing! The median price for a home in North Tonawanda is about a third of the New York state average. With vacancy rates hovering around 12 percent, finding a house for sale or rent in the city isn't going to be too challenging for the average buyer.
  • Recreational activities indoors and out! During summer months, residents of North Tonawanda enjoy boating along the Erie Canal with free docking facilities at Gateway Harbor. The harbor also offers hydro bike and kayak rentals. Not into water sports? Hit the links at Deerwood Golf Course. Indoor-yet-active types will love the soccer and tennis at Sportsplex on Ridge Road and the arcade, skating, and roller derby at Rainbow Rink.
  • Variety of housing options! Whether in the market for small apartments or family-sized rent to own houses, North Tonawanda offers something for everyone. Gateway Park Apartments right on the canal offers inexpensive studios with utilities included, and single family homes as large as six bedrooms are available to buy or rent all over town.
  • Enjoy a little history! Visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum to enjoy antique merry-go-rounds in the original factory, and hear one of North Tonawanda's famous Wurlitzer organs at the landmark Riviera Theatre. Residents can even enjoy a little historic mail, as the U.S. Post Office serving the city still operates out of the nationally registered 1912 building located on Goundry Street. The original rail station built in 1836 now operates as a railroad museum. Visitors can view antique engines and ride a handcar down the rail line.