Welcome to Chautauqua

Originally named after a nearby lake, Chautauqua is a cozy New York suburb with plenty of unique attractions and a one-of-a-kind small-town feel. Here, you'll discover tree-lined streets flanked by ample shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. And to top it all off, the big-city excitement of Erie is under an hour away.

Ready to live every day like you're on a lakefront vacation? Here's everything you should know about Chautauqua.

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Spotlights of Chautauqua

Downtown Chautauqua

Enjoy a lakeside meal or explore local businesses in Chautauqua's picturesque commercial district! This resort community boasts a bustling downtown that's busy all year round—highlights include the Chautauqua Bookstore, 2 Ames Restaurant, aand quite a few art galleries. This part of town is also golf cart-friendly.

The Chautauqua Institution

As the area's largest attraction, the Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit education center and summer resort with weekly programming for all ages. During peak months, the Institution attracts thousands of visitors to its Athenaeum Hotel, nearby parks, a cinema, and 4,500-seat amphitheater. 

Chautauqua Amphitheater

Also known as "the Amp," the Chautauqua Amphitheater is a 4,500-seat venue that serves as the town's main gathering space. There's always something going on at the Amp, whether it's a concert from the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, a lecture from a guest speaker, or a ballet dance program.

Chautauqua at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: I-86, I-90, NY-394 
Airport: Erie International Airport
Distance to Erie: 49 minutes
Distance to Buffalo: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Population: 4,324 (or more, depending on the season)
County: Chautauqua
Zip Codes: 14722
Median Home Value: $436,900

Chautauqua Attractions

Live Like a Chautauqua Local


Because it's such a popular resort town, Chautauqua offers a diverse variety of homes, condos, and studio apartments for year-round lakeside living. Many of the area's larger historic homes have been converted into more affordable multi-unit dwellings. However, it's still possible to find a waterfront cottage or a sprawling estate. Chautauqua also has a number of timeshares and rentable homes.


Chautauqua's bustling tourism industry makes it an ideal spot for anyone looking to expand their career in service or hospitality. However, the area also has plenty of larger employment opportunities nearby. Many residents commute to Erie, PA (which is just 50 minutes away) or work for the Institution in town.


Children living in Chautauqua attend the Chautauqua Lake Central School District, which educates just under 1,000 students across two schools. CLCSD boasts an astonishingly low student-teacher ratio of 9:1, so your child will receive the one-one-one attention they need to succeed. Some graduates go on to attend SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Jamestown Community College, or The University at Buffalo, SUNY.


There's always something going on in Chautauqua! Whether you're enjoying a performance at the Amp, visiting Palestine Park, or celebrating local culture at the Chautauqua County Fair, you'll never run out of exciting things to do. And if you really want to live like a local, be sure to attend the annual Old First Night or check out some of the area's many ski resorts and golf courses.

Ready to Find Home in Chautauqua?

If Chautauqua sounds like the perfect community for you, we'd love to help you track down your dream home! Contact Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services to schedule a showing or learn more about this cheery resort town. We look forward to working with you soon.

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