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Nestled in the heart of Amherst's conservation area lies The Forest Condominium, a 15-acre development for ninety-two residences which is framed by 700 acres of a nature preserve.

"Residents at The Forest enjoy a daily panorama of deer and wild birds," began developer Davis Tiburzi; "the vistas of the lake show ducks, a family of Canadian geese and giant blue heron nesting along the shoreline." These are the "special" type of neighbors one finds at The Forest.

Viewed from the 700-acre nature preserve that encircles "The Forest," the lake is a natural barrier between man's creation and uninterrupted environment.Cover Photo by JAMES LESINSKI

Located on Hopkins Road, north of Klein Road, DRT Development has taken the condominium concept and created a single-family home atmosphere. "There is a great demand in the community for condominium projects, a community that doesn't feel like an apartment," he said.

"Our buyers come from single-family homes and do not experience culture shock when making the transition to the condo lifestyle. In fact, approximately 95 percent of the current residents moved less than five miles."

Buyers typically are making the change from the large family homestead, now that the children have grown; or are young professionals searching for a maintenance-free home to accommodate their busy lifestyles, he said.

The four unit designs range in size from 1,400 to 1,700 square feet of living space. Very little space is wasted since hallways are virtually eliminated through careful interior planning. Rooms flow graciously with privacy maintained by selective doorway positioning.

Upscale amenities include ceramic tile flooring, fireplaces, elegant bathrooms, gourmet kitchens and private patios.

"Surrounded by the lake, the nature preserve and the wildlife, The Forest is visually exciting, yet only minutes from shopping and services, as well as the Village of Williamsville," he added.

Ponds, nature trails and man-made gathering points such as walking paths and a gazebo demonstrate the developer's forethought -- housing can co-exist with nature without intruding.

DRT Development is one of the major developers of condominiums in Amherst with a successful string of projects to its credit: The Boardwalk, Park Edge, Park Place, The Village Gates and now The Forest.

"Condos have a reputation for generating high density and traffic; in fact, research shows just the opposite to be true," Tiburzi said. "There is less of an impact on town services than with single-family homes. There are fewer children in condominium lifestyle, so there is less growth in the school system, too."

Priced from $114,900 to $180,000, the model unit is open daily from 1 to 4. Or prospective buyers can call sales representative Judy LaPort at 688-0081 or 689-2039 for a private showing.

The Forest is located on the east side of Hopkins Road, 1/2 -mile north of Klein Road.

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