Essex Homes of WNY Celebrating 30th Anniversary in 2022

February 1, 2022

Essex Homes of WNY is now celebrating its 30th anniversary as a leading custom home builder headquartered in Clarence, New York. Founded in 1992, Essex has consistently ranked among the top five, premier homebuilders in Western New York and is the recipient of multiple local, state, and national awards for building excellence. The firm has built over 2,000 upscale and moderately priced, single-family homes, patio homes, and one and two-story villas ranging from approximately 1,600-5,000+ sq.ft. in communities across the Erie and Niagara regions, including Amherst, Clarence, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lancaster, Lewiston, Lockport, and Orchard Park, among others. The announcement was made by Essex Homes president & CEO, Philip J. Nanula. 

To mark the firm’s 30th anniversary, Essex Homes recently launched a new website aimed at improving communication and responsiveness with existing and potential customers while increasing brand awareness. The firm will also be working on production of a new brochure detailing its many achievements in homebuilding over the last 30 years. 

“There are many exciting things going on with our firm as we enter 2022,” says Nanula. “These include the final phases of development in select communities such as Essex Greens at Waterford in Clarence, and Knoche Farm Estates in Orchard Park, as well as the grand opening of three new communities across the region. Our new communities include The Preserve at Glen Meadow in Amherst, NY, a patio home development located just off Dodge Rd., and Fairwood Estates, a single-family home community located just off Heim Rd.; as well as The Patios at Essex Ridge, a second, exclusive patio home community with a model home, located just off Upper Mountain Rd. and Bronson Drive in Lewiston, NY, which opened in January.” 

According to Nanula, the achievements of Essex Homes are due in large part to its approach in collaborating with customers who build with the firm, engaging them in the process from start to finish, and continuing to serve their needs long after their home has been built. 

“We are always looking at new ways to improve operations, adapt with the times and be a leader in the industry as well as with our customers,” says Nanula. “Those who build with Essex Homes are provided with the opportunity to customize the home of their dreams, while enjoying the flexibility of making their own selections and choosing those amenities and options most important to them when building a home. We believe in giving our customers the opportunity to be involved throughout the building process, beginning with their initial plan review through to contract closing. We want them to get exactly what they want from the quality of a well-built home in a great neighborhood, along with great resale value in the years ahead,” says Nanula. 

Essex Homes is locally owned and operated by the Nanula family. Originally hailing from Lewiston, NY and headed by patriarch, Savino P. Nanula, a long-time resident and former Chairman/CEO of Tops Markets, LLC, all four Nanula sons, Phil, Paul, Steven and former NYS Senator, Anthony Nanula, reside and work within Western New York. The family shares in numerous business holdings and interests, including Essex Homes of WNY. According to Nanula, the longevity and success of Essex Homes can be attributed to an unwavering commitment to its mission statement. 

“We pledge to you: commitment, quality, service, value and a pleasant home building experience, is not just a mantra – it is a way of life for all those who work for our firm,” says Nanula. “The continued growth and longevity of this firm is a testament to our dedicated team of associates, to the many people who have entrusted their home building needs to us over the last 30 years, and the many word-of-mouth referrals from those we have built for in the past. Essex is not just a business – it is a family. We always have and will continue to appreciate the confidence and loyalty the community has shown to us these many years and we look forward to serving our many existing and new customers in the years to come.” 

Over the last 30 years, Essex Homes has been honored with numerous awards and honors for excellence as a luxury, custom home builder by various professional organizations, as well as by many charitable organizations. These include recognition by Builder Magazine as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the home builder category; NYSERDA’s Energy Star® Labeled Homes Outstanding Achievement Award and Excellence in Energy Performance Award; and recognition by numerous charities including the American Cancer Society, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Kids Escaping Drugs, Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, among others. 

Essex Homes has six, fully furnished and decorated models open for public viewing in various communities across Western New York including those in Northwoods and Essex Greens at Waterford (Clarence); Cross Creek Estates (Lancaster); Knoche Farm Estates (Orchard Park); The Villas at Essex Woods (Amherst), and more recently, The Patios at Essex Ridge (Lewiston), which opened in January. More information on Essex Homes, model hours, and community properties available for sale or lease may be found at 

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