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Raleigh Planners Hope Home Tours Will Bring Attention To Downtown Living

Posted May 19, 2006

— This weekend, several homes in the heart of downtown Raleigh are on tour and will offer a sense of style while relaying a message.

Art Of Downtown Living Home Tour

Nathan Singerman, 27, already calls downtown Raleigh home.

"I love all the windows. You walk in and it's that urban South Beach kind of vibe. It's just different from anything else I looked at in Raleigh," he said.

Singerman was the first person to buy a condominium at the Hudson on Fayetteville Street. It is one of the many housing developments in downtown Raleigh that will be on tour. The homes feature fancy sinks, rooftop patios and cool kitchens, but the purpose of the tour goes beyond a look at modern design.

"We want to make sure it's not just for one group of people. There's housing options for all types of incomes," said downtown planner Carter Pettibone.

Houses and condominiums in all price ranges are on display to let people know there is a variety downtown, and there are a lot of them. Right now, there are 1,400 units downtown. Another 800 units are under construction and 2,000 more are in the planning stages.

If the growth continues at its current rate, leaders estimate within four years, 10,000 people could be living downtown, which compares to a big subdivision in the suburbs.

Tickets for Saturday's downtown tour are $10 and are available at the Raleigh Urban Design Center at 133 Fayetteville St. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards a future educational series coordinated by the Urban Design Center highlighting emerging downtown issues.

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