about what’s happening for urban dwellers? There’s a free tour of twelve downtown residential developments ideal for those seeking a new home or those simply interested in downtown growth on Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown Living Tour offers a chance to visit downtown Omaha’s townhouses, lofts and condominiums ranging from historic developments to new construction. Tour attendees can start their journey at any of the participating properties and take a free shuttle to the other locations, learning about the unique architectural styles and features of each development. Traveling between properties, visitors will experience the vitality and charming atmosphere that draws residents to the area. There’s a downtown renaissance happening right now in Omaha. Including the new ballpark, over $2 billion will have been invested in downtown in recent years, including civic improvements such as Qwest Center Omaha, the Holland Center, renovations to the Joslyn and the like. So what is the downtown lifestyle? Those that live in walking or biking distance of these amenities have distinct, close-by and frequent options for their discretionary time and income. Taking advantage of them, eating at a new restaurant or shopping at a niche boutique, easily becomes part of one’s daily routine.
And some downtown residents dispel stereotype. “We have several residents who have a second home at The Paxton and live in rural Nebraska. They come into Omaha for the weekend for the arts, concerts sporting events, etc.,” said Mike Moylan of Shamrock Development, Inc. He continues, “Downtown living is especially attractive to those who find themselves traveling for business more often than they are home. No yard work, state-of-the-art security and video monitoring and maintenance-free living make it easy to pack up and go. Many of [our residents] mention the snowstorms this past winter as having shut down most of the city, but they were able to walk to a restaurant downtown.” These homes are also scarcer in supply every month. Every property on the tour has either nearly met half of their 2010 sales goal or is above 50 percent occupancy on completed portions of development. Some boast having 10 or less remaining units for the entire project. The bottom line: if you are interested, now is the time to go on the May 22 tour and do some – fun – downtown living research. A listing of developments on the Downtown Living Tour and event details can easily be found at www.downtownomahaliving.com.
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Published on May 13, 2010
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