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18th City Living Sundays set

Mayor Robert J. Duffy speaks during a City Hall press conference Monday morning to announce dates for the 18th Annual City Living Sundays. Vasiliy Baziuk.

Mayor Robert J. Duffy speaks during a City Hall press conference Monday morning to announce dates for the 18th Annual City Living Sundays. Vasiliy Baziuk.

Rochester area real estate officials joined city leaders Monday to kick off the spring’s 18th annual City Living Sundays open house program.

City Living Sundays is a consortium of area lenders, neighborhood associations, private businesses, the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, the Landmark Society of Western New York, Rochester City School District and the city itself, which jointly market Rochester homes while promoting the apparent advantages of city living.

GRAR has worked with the program since its inception in 1992, and a group of members will participate at each Sunday event to answer attendees’ questions.

“Last year, 50 percent — or 71 out of the 142 homes open for City Living Sundays — sold,” Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada said Monday.

At City Living Sundays events, potential homebuyers can attend a “neighborhood city living expo,” participate in informational seminars and view more than 100 open houses for sale each week in the area of the event.

This year’s events will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. March 21 at East High School, 1801 E. Main St. to highlight the city’s east side, and from 12 to 4 p.m. March 28 at Theodore Roosevelt School 43, 1305 Lyell Ave., to showcase the the city’s west.

At the home buying seminars, bankers, Realtors and attorneys will discuss the entire home buying process and visitors can find out about city housing grants.

Fact sheets, pictures and tour maps of the properties will be provided at the information sessions for the open houses.

Prospective buyers can preview the neighborhoods to be featured each Sunday by taking free tours of city neighborhoods, offered by the Landmark Society. The tours highlight neighborhood amenities and resources, ranging from schools and shopping to historic sites and places of worship. A tour of the city’s east neighborhoods will be offered March 20. A bus tour of the city’s west neighborhoods will be offered March 27. Call (585) 546-7029, ext. 10, for more information and to make a reservation.

For more details about City Living Sundays call (585) 428-2489 or visit www.rochestercityliving.com.