There are opportunities for just about anyone to live in Downtown Raleigh. Whether you’re looking for high-end residential condos with views that overlook the city or a rental apartment, the attractiveness of urban living has resulted in a cavalcade of new residential opportunities for downtown living. There are currently 3,657 existing units in the downtown business improvement district and over 645 units planned through 2013.
Downtown residents cite a number of reasons for choosing to live Downtown, such as the proximity to restaurants & nightlife, a walking commute to work, and decreased automobile dependency. With over 150 bars, restaurants, and coffee shops in downtown, residents have a wide variety of options to choose from in whetting their palettes. Additionally, the influx of new residents to Downtown Raleigh is bound to boost the number of restaurants, retailers, services. Since 2006, 229 new businesses have opened and the bountiful developments occurring across downtown are producing more opportunities for new businesses. In 2010, there was a net gain of 28 new establishments.
In addition to food, culture, and nightlife, Downtown Raleigh is also within a short distance to a number of recreational amenities. In addition to Moore and Nash Squares, two of Raleigh’s most treasured parks, Pullen Park and Chavis Park, are within a mile of Downtown Raleigh and the pastoral Dorothea Dix property bounds downtown to the south. Raleigh’s heralded greenway system can be accessed on either the east or the south side of downtown. Even man’s best friend has recreational facilities at the Oakwood dog park. For those that prefer fitness clubs, Downtown Raleigh is home to two private clubs, and a YMCA is located on ½ mile west of Downtown. It’s all here, in Downtown Raleigh.