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Hamburg’s Woods at Bayview brings city-chic to the suburbs

The Woods at Bayview apartments in Hamburg is the first project for Best Brothers Development. Entering its second phase, the city-chic rowhouse style apartments are unique in both style and construction.

The story of Best Brothers Development is unique too. Joshua Best (architect) is the middle son sandwiched between older brother Larry Best Jr. (builder) and younger brother Elliott Best (operations and property manager).

The brothers, along with Lexi Giacalone (Joshua Best’s partner, operations), father Larry Best Sr. (real estate broker), mother Mary Ann Best and sister-in-law Megan Best (interior designers), have all contributed to initial success of the apartments at 4779 South Park Avenue.

The family purchased the land in 2013 and now act as the architect, general contractor and developer.

“We had to develop the raw piece of land, including regrading the site and installing utilities. It took a few site plan designs before we decided on one plan to push forward with for approval from the Town of Hamburg,” said Joshua Best.
Best, who studied architecture at Boston Architectural College worked at the city’s ICON Architecture for 10 years, specialized in multi-family residential buildings from 30-unit to 350-unit projects before moving back to Western New York.

“I would fly home while working in Boston for planning board meetings and fly back the next morning. Once the work load became too much, I decided to leave ICON in 2015 to focus and go all in with Best Brothers Development,” he said.

His first challenge was to fit the same number of apartments originally planned for four buildings into three.

“We got a little push back from the neighbors, who thought it would be too dense of a project, so we had to figure out how to get the same number of units into three buildings,” said Best.

The ingenious design resulted in a first floor flat topped with two loft style apartments. The lower one story flat (1,200 square feet) has two bedrooms and two baths, while the upper lofts (1,300 square feet) feature two bedrooms and two and a half baths.

The first impression of the lofts is that they don’t feel like an apartment at all, but more like a real rowhouse in a city with well thought out details, starting with beautiful wood entrance doors.

Stairs lead to what is the second floor of the building, but in reality, the first floor of the loft. The first level is large with an industrial design that manages to still feel homey. On this level is a kitchen and living area in a front-to-back arrangement.

Beautiful plank flooring runs throughout the loft. The kitchen features stainless steel and gas appliances.

Quartz countertops are used throughout too. Plenty of windows let in natural light, and include views of the Buffalo skyline. The first level of the lofts have a half bath and 10 foot ceilings as well.

Stairs from the first level of the loft lead to the second level (really the third floor) where an in-unit laundry, two large bedrooms and two full baths are located.

The master bedroom includes his and her closets and a master bath with a large subway tiled walk-in shower. The second bedroom has it’s own full bath with a shower/tub arrangement and closet.

Unlike the front-to-back arrangement of the lofts, first floor flats feature a side-by-side arrangement with the entrance leading into a mudroom, and then the kitchen living area.

A short hall leads to the two bedrooms. First floor units also have a patio.

All units are wired for Wi-Fi. Wall construction was designed to make units virtually soundproof. “The building is designed as condos, as they all have individual utilities, but we are currently renting them,” said Best.

Rents are $1,500 to $1,600 per month. Each unit comes with two parking spaces and plenty of room for guest parking. Apartments are also pet-friendly (a dog park is planned). The building under current construction also features an accessible unit.

The location offers ideal access to retail and dining in the both the Village of Hamburg and the McKinley Mall area.
Erie Community College and New Era Field are minutes away, as are Tops and Wegmans. Frontier High School is just around the corner. Nearby Route 5 provides fast access to downtown Buffalo, Woodlawn Beach or the Angola beaches.

The second phase of construction is slated to be complete by the early fall. Apartments are viewed by appointment only by visiting TheWoodsAtBayview.com or email info@BestBrothersDevelopment.com.

(Cover and feature photos by Jim Lesinski)

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