New Opportunities with New Jamestown Office Location

 

ERA Team VP and Lynn Development's new office location in the Spain Building downtown Jamestown
ERA Team VP and Lynn Development’s new office location in the Spain Building downtown Jamestown

ERA Team VP Opens New Office in Downtown Jamestown

Jamestown, NY – On Friday, September 7, ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals held an open house for its new office location in downtown Jamestown.

The Spain Building on 3rd Street in Jamestown recently underwent renovations, creating several new commercial spaces. As a result of this revitalization, ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses took residency.

ERA Team VP and Lynn Development formulated a strategic alliance over the past few years.  ERA Team VP and Lynn Development specialize in residential and commercial real estate respectively. Both companies embraced the benefits that a working relationship would bring. When Lynn Development decided to open an office space in the Spain Building, they invited ERA Team VP to join them in this endeavor.

Right to left: business development/broker for Lynn Real Estate Solutions, Michael McVinney; Mayor Sam Teresi (Jamestown, NY); broker/owner of ERA Team VP, Bill Soffel
Right to left: business development/broker for Lynn Real Estate Solutions, Michael McVinney; Mayor Sam Teresi (Jamestown, NY); broker/owner of ERA Team VP, Bill Soffel

Progressive Revitalization

Furthermore, this is an opportune time for ERA Team VP to have a physical presence in downtown Jamestown. Jamestown’s noteworthy development is due to existing businesses and organizations renovating, and new ones opening. The opening of the National Comedy Center this past summer has certainly added to this growth.

“Jamestown is going through a sort of renaissance right now. ERA Team VP sees the growth and positive things that are happening, and to be a part of that is really awesome,” says broker/owner of ERA Team VP Bill Soffel.

ERA Team VP cutting the ribbon for the new office location in Jamestown, NY
ERA Team VP cutting the ribbon for the new office location in Jamestown, NY

Consequently, this growth has encouraged individuals to stay or move back to the Jamestown and Chautauqua County area.  The real estate market is very good nationally, and likewise Chautauqua County is starting to feel the effects of this change. Homes are selling for closer to the asking price and are on the market for shorter periods of time. ERA Team VP is certainly prepared for this progressive shift. As a result of having a presence in 11 different locations, ERA Team VP is equipped to represent clients on a local and personalized basis.

Visit www.ERATeamVP.com or call 716-413-0200 for more information about real estate and vacation rentals in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses cutting the ribbon for the opening of the revitalized Spain Building
ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses cutting the ribbon for the opening of the revitalized Spain Building

Just a Walk from NorthShore!

The NorthShore condos are located in the perfect location on the beautiful grounds of Chautauqua Institution.  Just steps from the Chautauqua Lake shoreline, the condos are a great spot for peace and quiet, while also being walking distance from all of the fun filled activities that the Institution has to offer!

The first thing that you will love about these condos is the beautiful lake view! Pack your kayaks or canoes and head on down to the lake for a leisurely ride with friends and family or grab your fishing polls and do some fishing off the dock.  You can also take a nice walk down to the beach or the shore to enjoy some of the most breathtaking sunsets you have ever seen!

If you want to workout while you are here, the Institution is one of the best places for a jog by the lake or around the grounds.  The Turner Fitness Center is also just walking distance from the condos and it is a great place for working out, shooting hoops, or even swimming laps in the pool!  There are also top of the line clay tennis courts for you to use as well.  Grab your racquet and walk up to the courts for a fun round of tennis day or night.  If that’s not enough, the Chautauqua Golf Club is right across the street from the condos!  Play a quick nine holes, or make a tee time at one of the two eighteen hole courses.

Sports aren’t your thing? That’s not a problem, because our condos are walking distance from fun activities for everyone!  The Bestor Plaza is located in the middle of the grounds, and it’s just a short walk from the condos.  Walk over to the library or the bookstore, or grab some delicious food at the Brick Walk CaféThere are also concerts and lectures throughout the entire summer season at the historic Amphitheater.  Grab an ice cream cone and take an evening stroll around the plaza because there will be something for the whole family to enjoy!

Whether its outdoor sports, sightseeing, food, or entertainment, the NorthShore condos are located in the best place for you to enjoy all of the activities that Chautauqua Institution has to offer! Contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals to book your 2018 NorthShore getaway today!

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Booking Your Vacation Rental

Looking for an easy way to book your next vacation? Booking your vacation rental is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals! The ERA Team VP website is a fast, easy, and effective way to browse all 200+ rental properties located throughout Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Lake, and Ellicottville.

Book your next vacation with confidence

Each property has a wide array of high-quality photos, so you know exactly what to expect before you arrive! Whether it’s a historical home on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, a Chautauqua Lake lakeside home, or a cozy chalet in Ellicottville, NY, we have what you’re looking for!
1. Go to www.myteamvp.com
2. Select Vacation Rentals – All Properties
3. Browse All Rental Properties -or- Perform an Advanced Search
4. Review Property Details, Amenities, and Photos
5. Request More Information; Add to Your Favorites; Perform a Quote; Utilize the Split Cost Calculator; and More!
6. Book Now!

It’s that simple! Of course we have an experienced staff of seasoned Reservationists who are available for further insight or questions.

Head over to www.myteamvp.com today to book your stay! Your dream vacation awaits!

Our Website has Launched!

rocket-312767_640We’ve just made it easier to plan the perfect getaway with the launch of our brand new state-of-the-art website! Guests can browse through some of the most exclusive rental properties in Chautauqua Institution, around Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie, and in Ellicottville, NY.

Delivering a seamless user experience, visitors to the site can browse the collection of properties at www.myteamvp.com through customized searches based on region and amenities. Users can further target their search based on the number of guests, rooms, and price to find the ideal home to meet their needs – whether it be a luxury residence in Chautauqua Institution, a lake property in Bemus Point, NY, or a chalet nestled in ski country in Ellicottville, NY.

This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential real estate and rental information as well as a more comprehensive understanding of ERA Team VP.

“We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information and ease-of-use it provides for all our customers to find their perfect home, whether renting, selling, or buying their home,” said Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rentals at ERA Team VP. “We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence.”

ERA Team VP is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and innovative technology to their owners, renters, clients, and customers. Their new website will be updated on a regular basis with special offers on rental accommodations, local event information, company activities and corporate milestones. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website at www.myteamvp.com.

Looking to Explore Outside the Gates by Foot? Check out these 3 unique shops within walking distance of Chautauqua Institution!

Although Chautauqua Institution provides numerous opportunities to shop inside the gates, don’t forget about the ‘hidden gems’ within a mile or less of the Chautauqua grounds! We’ve chosen three “Must-Visit” shops for your stay this summer:

 

196894_10150121864942840_2357299_nChautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe

5031 West Lake Rd, Mayville

1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Owned and operated by Sandra Duffee and Heather Johnson, this gallery and boutique shop specializes in “extraordinary” home décor, boutique clothing and jewelry, candle, cards, family games, antiques and so much more!

“They have the largest inventory of miniatures on the East Coast along with unique jewelry, clothing and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else!” says ERA Team VP Reservationist, Amelia Duffee, “They offer antiques, toys, miniatures, jewelry, knick knacks, dollhouses, clothes, scarves, just to name a few things. You can find the perfect gift for any occasion, under one roof!”

During the summer, make sure to sign up for one of their Miniature Classes, where they will assist you in making your very own miniature to take home and put in your dollhouse. Whether stopping by just to browse the gallery, pick up something special for your home, or a unique gift for a friend, Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe is truly a one stop shop!

For more information on Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe call 716-753-3100 or follow them on Facebook.

 

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Timeless Treasures

4475 West Lake Rd, Mayville

Less than 1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Timeless Treasures is a specialty boutique shop that sells unique and colorful home and fashion accessories. The owner, Laura Miele, specifically stocks the shop with merchandise that is either Fair Trade, Made in the USA, eco-friendly, or made by local artists.

“I actually live near Timeless Treasures and hadn’t been there until my sisters were visiting last year, and I’m so glad we decided to check it out! What a great place with so many unique gifts!” says ERA Team VP Sales Team Member, Anne Walters, “Since then I’ve stopped numerous times for various gifts and even Christmas presents. I would recommend that anyone who visits this area should stop in. I love visiting Timeless Treasures and I don’t even like to shop!”

New items are added to the store monthly and seasonally, so there is always a reason to stop in! “I take great care to make sure that Timeless Treasures’ merchandise is unique and not sold at other local shops,” said Miele. “Our shop is a great place to find a gift for yourself or someone else.”

For more information on Timeless Treasures call (716) 789-2073 or follow them on Facebook.

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The Art Loft

4994 West Lake Road, Mayville

¼ mile from Chautauqua Institution

Visit this one-of-a-kind, seasonal art gallery and gift shop owned and operated by independent artist, Bonnie Beyer. Even if you have visited The Art Loft before, it is worth the trip back, as the gallery is an ever-changing, malleable space that represents over 100 artists.

“My neighbor is a photographer, and The Art Loft had an exhibit where they displayed his photography as well as other local artist’s photos. They have a really great way of displaying the art, capturing each piece’s unique traits,” says ERA Team VP Associate Broker, Jane Grice, “It was fun to see all of the different forms of art on display, including pottery, paintings, and tapestries.”

The Art Loft is a must see-for all art lovers!

For more information on The Art Loft call (716) 753-5638 of follow them on Facebook.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Chautauqua Institution? Give one of our reservationists a call to find your perfect accommodations on or off the grounds! (716) 413-0201.

Or make the Institution your home! Visit our 1 Morris office to speak with a seasoned real estate agent or call (716) 413-0200.

Whether you are buying, selling or planning for a well-deserved vacation at Chautauqua, our Team is here to help you through the whole process!

 

Meet Our New Reservationists!

If you’ve stopped in or called our Chautauqua or Ellicottville offices during the 2015 season, you might have been greeted by some new faces/voices! We were happy to welcome three new Reservationists to our Vacation Rental Management team this year.

kaysie2Kaysie Griffith
Full-Time Reservationist, Ellicottville Office

Kaysie was born and raised locally, and graduated from Ellicottville Central in 2012. She has two small children, and enjoys spending time with them, her husband and their family. She has an interest in photography and likes to play around with it on the side. “Joining the team at ERA Team VP has allowed me to grow on a professional level and build relationships with those I work with,’ said Kaysie, ‘It’s great to say that I love coming to work every day!”
 

Amelia2Amelia Duffee
Full-Time Reservationist, Chautauqua Office

Amelia attended the Bemus Point School district from K-11 grades and graduated from Chautauqua Lake. She attended Hiram College for two years, finished her Associates through the University of Phoenix in Healthcare Administration, and is still working on finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting. She worked for Food is Good/Chautauqua Regional Properties for the past 11 years before making the move to ERA Team VP. She has two children: her son, Arley, is eight, and her daughter, Ani, is twelve. She has been a homeowner for the last five years and states that she is humbled with the upkeep of being a home owner. She coaches indoor soccer during the winter and also enjoys being active with her family. Amelia notes that she is “thrilled to be a part of a growing, successful company!!”

 

BrennenWebb2Brennan Webb
Part-Time Reservationist, Chautauqua Office

Brennan graduated from Maple Grove High School in 2015 and is currently a freshman at Jamestown Community College where he is working on degrees in Adolescence Education and History. In his free time, he enjoy playing drums for the praise bands at Bemus Point United Methodist Church where he also delights in mentoring a few up and coming youth bands. When he is not helping with music at the church on a Sunday afternoon, there is only one place he can be found; in his lucky chair, in front of the television, rooting on his beloved Buffalo Bills. He tries to fill the other 6 days of his week with more family, friends, and, of course, working at ERA Team VP. “I am extremely glad to have joined ERA Team VP as I have found that the people and experiences here have prepared me for my future and enriched my life in a way that I’m sure no other job could.’ says Brennan, ‘There’s definitely a reason that we call ourselves a “Team” here at ERA Team VP.”

 

2015 Vacation Rental Management Association- New Orleans, LA

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Reviews are in and the Vacation Rental Management Association’s (VRMA) 2015 Annual Conference was a hit! With over 1,300 attendees, this year’s event, held October 25-28 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana, marked another success for the vacation rental industry. The staff at ERA Team VP Vacation Rentals enjoyed networking with colleagues and business partners, discussing both opportunities and challenges facing vacation rental managers.

“The Annual Conference provides tangible takeaways and resources for operations staff, marketing professionals and vacation rental executives,’ notes VRMA, ‘With more than 56 educational sessions offered and a Vendor Showcase boasting more than 70 industry-leading vendors, the Annual Conference dives deeper into the ‘why’ of vacation rental management, providing in-depth insight on business strategy, industry trends and sales/marketing.”

The theme of “Celebrating the past. Looking to the future,” was integrated over three general sessions featuring noted speakers including Rory Vaden, cofounder of the multi-million dollar international training company Southwestern Consulting; Retired Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and Global Preparedness Authority; and Kristen Ulmer, voted by the outdoor industry as the most fearless woman athlete in North American.

Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Vacation Rentals with ERA Team VP said, “our team enjoyed the education, networking, best practices, and all the fun that the VRMA Conference had to offer. We walked away feeling accomplished and confident with increased knowledge complete with tangible solutions for our business today.”

For more information on ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals, please contact the Ellicottville office at (716) 699-4800. or the Chautauqua Office at (716) 789-2600.

NEED A FALL GETAWAY?

It’s that time of year to celebrate the changing leaves, crisp weather, and all the fall festivities around our area. It is truly the perfect time of year to visit Western New York for the most incredible views of the fall foliage. A fall tradition here in Ellicottville, NY is the Beer and Wine Festival on November 7. Tickets for Saturday’s festival are available online for $52.50 and at the gate for $60 (if available).

So, why not get your family and friends together and make a weekend out of it! Stay in one of ERA Team VP’s beautiful rental homes, either in the village, on the slopes, or within the surrounding countryside! Book a stay with us either online or by calling 716-699-4800.

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals to Sponsor Ellicottville Halloween 5K & Half Marathon

2014 EVL Half Marathon & 5K
ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals is proud to announce its Bronze level sponsorship of the 2nd annual EVL Halloween Half Marathon & 5K to be held on October 24, 2015 in the charming and scenic community of Ellicottville, NY.
The 2015 edition of the race is expected to attract more than 1,500 conditioned athletes, runners and walkers as well as 3,000 spectators from around the country. The proceeds from the race benefit The Ellicottville Sport Boosters- a group dedicated to getting local children involved in athletics, as well as the local food pantry. Participants are invited to run in costume and enjoy other Halloween related activities.
Both the 5K and half marathon start and finish on Monroe St. in the Village of Ellicottville, which offers great shopping and restaurants for after race entertainment. The rolling course heads north through scenic, lightly traveled, rural roads that offer fast times and a great atmosphere.
There is still time to register for this event! Visit EVLHalf.com for more information. Need last minute accommodations? We still have properties available! Stop in our office at 12 Washington Street, Ellicottville or call 716-699-4800 to speak with one of our seasoned reservationists about reserving your local home for the weekend. We offer properties right in the heart of the Village of Ellicottville, on the outskirts, or in the surrounding countryside so that you can experience all that Ellicottville has to offer and truly #LiveLikeALocal for this year’s race.

2015 Ellicottville Mardi Gras Weekend

ERA Team VP Real Estate hosts Kick Off Party!
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Ahoy Mateys! Welcome to Mardi Gras in Ellicottville New York! This weekend is sure to be a blast especially with ERA Team VP.  Mardi Gras in Ellicottville is crazy fun, the slopes at Holiday Valley and HoliMont are packed and the village is hopping busy.  The biggest attraction by far for the weekend is the Parade on Saturday night, I’ve seen everything from super heroes, to nuns, sports teams, the Blues Brothers, and if you can’t tell, this year ERA agents and our office are decked out with the pirate gear. Unfortunately Johnny Depp couldn’t make it for his surprise guest appearance… trust me I tried! At 5:00 pm we’ll be kicking off one of our company’s biggest parties of the year! We invite all of our clients,  customers, and friends to enjoy the music, dancing, and the finest pirate grub and ale. The parade starts at 6:30 and you’ll see Washington St lined up with thousands of spectators. Prizes are awarded for the best dressed team so be sure to cheer on your favorite group of pirates! Make sure you’re ready to catch some beads because this group of pirates have snuck on to Captain Hook’s pirate ship and found 10 treasure chests full of the beloved beads. Sunday is also packed full of fun: more costumes, more food and drink, and of course, more beads! One of the coolest things to be a part of is the ski parade on the Mardi Gras ski slope at Holiday Valley. You’ll see tons of people dressed up in costumes skiing down this awesome slope. So if you’re ready for a weekend of fun in Ellicottville, hop aboard the ERA Team VP Real Estate buccaneer and we’ll be sure to show you a good time. Yo Ho Ho Mateys!!

~Ciji Riley, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker