Neighborhood Snapshot

Neighborhood Snapshot: Brighton, NY

Charm, Convenience, Community & Diversity

Nestled along the southeast border of the city of Rochester, Brighton is one of the oldest towns in Monroe County; originally settled around 1790 and formally established in 1814. What started as a farming and brick-making community has evolved into a charming suburb that is convenient to everything, inhabited by a diverse and welcoming community.

Brighton NY neighborhood
Wide range of architectural styles, landscaped lawns, and tree-lined streets.

Brighton’s well-maintained, quiet, and predominantly safe neighborhoods feature homes in a wide range of architectural styles, well-cared-for lawns, tree-lined sidewalks, and old fashioned streetlights. There are a number of apartment complexes for those who prefer to rent. Brighton prides itself on its six major park sites, offering lodges, playgrounds, pools, sports facilities, walking trails and waterfalls.

Brighton is home to a culturally diverse community of young (median age 40) upscale families, young adults, seniors, medical professionals and college students. There is a large Jewish population serviced by a variety of synagogues and Kosher options. 

Brighton NY

Brighton is walkable, welcoming, kid, and pet friendly, and there’s a ton of hometown pride. In addition to the highly rated public schools, Brighton is home to a number of private schools, including Catholic, Christian, Islamic, Jesuit, Jewish, Non-Sectarian and Montessori. It is definitely “a family town, not a party town.”

Brighton is governed by an elected town board, and has its own police department and volunteer fire department. Twelve Corners, the central commercial and entertainment hub is located at the intersection of Winton Road, Monroe Avenue and Elmwood Avenue, anchored by Twelve Corners Middle School and Brighton High School. Brighton’s “small town atmosphere” is supported predominantly by locally-owned businesses and restaurants. There are no national chain retailers and only a handful of national chain restaurants. The town sponsors the Brighton Farmer’s Market, which is a popular destination on Sundays from May through October. The market features local, sustainable farm products, live music, and food trucks. 

Twelve Corners Plaza
Twelve Corners Plaza

Thanks to its proximity to I-590, I-490 and I-390, “everything in Rochester is within 20 minutes,” including museums, theaters, restaurants, the neighboring suburbs with the big box stores and even the airport.

When polled, the majority of Brighton residents had exceedingly positive things to say about living in this “idyllic” community, here are the highlights and challenges:


  • Highly Rated Public Schools – Brighton High School: US News & World Report Gold Medal 2018 (#306 Nationally; #45 in New York; #79 in STEM High Schools); National Blue Ribbon School 2018
  • Lots of Parks and Green Space
  • Strong Spirit of Community
  • Diversity of Cultures and Faiths
  • Proximity to Everything; Walkability
  • Mostly Small Local Businesses; No Chain Retailers (except food)


  • High Taxes
  • Occasional Noise from Nearby Hospitals and Airport Flight Patterns
  • Mostly Small Local Businesses; No Chain Retailers (except food)
  • Some Outdated Commercial Architecture
  • Areas Near City of Rochester Border Have Some Crossover Crime
This “Neighborhood Snapshot” series is meant to highlight the main features of a neighborhood, not provide an exhaustive exploration. The strengths and weaknesses are collected from residents of this specific neighborhood.
ROC Relocation is a relocation consulting service that helps people moving to Rochester, NY. I provide destination services, linking people with the resources, support and connections to help them acclimate and feel at home faster. If you are interested in learning more about Brighton, or scheduling a personalized tour of the area, contact me at (585) 402-1295. If you’re ready to purchase a home, I can connect you with recommended realtors who specialize in the Brighton real estate market.