Serene City Living
The Cobbs Hill Neighborhood
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. Also in Cobbs Hill is the striking Unitarian Universalist Church on Winton Road is an internationally significant building designed by Louis Kahn.
Houses throughout the Cobbs Hill neighborhood exhibit a wide variety of styles and house types, 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. Two distinguished Arts and Crafts style houses are located on Nunda Boulevard. The houses are complemented by many attractive gardens. A number of dedicated gardeners have nearly eliminated their front lawns to create perennial gardens.
In addition to Washington Grove, the neighborhood is convenient to recreation facilities on the west side of Cobbs Hill Park, including basketball, tennis, and baseball and a playground. Atop the hill, the reservoir is a popular place for running, bicycling and walking, and offers views of the city skyline to the northwest, excellent for watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. The columned pavilion on the west side of this reservoir is a gathering place for musicians and performers.
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, Park Avenue, and first-ring suburb Brighton's Twelve Corners are minutes away – within walking distance in nice weather.