Downtown Living Tour 2012!


Coming up in a few weeks is the sixth annual Downtown Living Tour. This tour is brought to you by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and is happening on Saturday, May 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s a great chance to experience some of the most upscale living downtown Syracuse has to offer. This year’s Downtown Living Tour has ten stops and showcases many great condominiums, lofts and upscale apartments. Whether you’re in the market or just curious, you should check it out!

The Downtown Living Tour is a walking tour that allows you to see the best living in downtown, Armory Square, Franklin Square and more at your leisure. It is specially crafted to emphasize the progressive attitude and revitalization taking place in one of CNY’s most desirable areas for young professionals, students, artists and more. And not only does it show off the fine real estate in downtown but also traces the connection between the area’s past and present. You’ll see ‘green’ living options, live/work spaces, mid-range habitations, luxury lofts and even stop at two downtown museums where you’ll discover the rich history of the many downtown buildings now re-purposed for luxurious urban living.

Lately when I go out in downtown ‘Cuse (constantly), I’ve been more apt to notice the interesting architecture that surrounds me in this city. Art deco, massive Ionic columns, the red bricks of manufacturing, giant windows of defunct store fronts and many more items representative of different pieces of our history and past. While the former financial, salt industry, manufacturing and retail powerhouses have left, a whisper of innovation and potential has remained. It’s simple to overlook but it’s there. We sense it in the uniqueness of our people, our aspirations and the many that have turned simple ideas into innovative businesses and organizations centered in the ‘Cuse. This is a chance to experience it and hopefully reinvigorate life in the city we call home. While I think many doubt it or have become pessimistic, I find the Syracuse of present to be more exciting than ever. So many new things are happening and downtown is truly becoming a great place to live–can’t wait till I finally grab a spot down there! Enough of my rambling.

Here’s what you need to know. The tour comprises the neighborhoods of Clinton Square, Armory Square, Franklin Square, Hanover Square and more. Some of the spaces along the way are occupied while others are available, but even if you’re not in the market you should go on the Downtown Living Tour. Maybe you’re interested in architecture, history, interior design or just want to see what downtown has to offer–there’s something for everyone. If you are looking for a place in downtown there’s absolutely no reason to pass this up.

There are a total of ten stops, here’s a teaser in no particular order:

218 West Genesse Street: renovated in 2011, 1075 sq ft, two bedroom and one bathroom.

Dey’s Plaza, 401 South Salina Street: Luxury apartments, renovated 2010, 660 – 2350 sq ft. Brazilian hardwoods, granite counter tops, Carrara marble etc. $800 – $1800+/month, up to two bedrooms/baths.

Loew’s Landmark Suites: 24 residential units on 6th and 7th floors. Hardwood floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances, unique layouts and nice views of the city. You’ll see a luxury 1500 sq ft example at unit #708, which is available.

The 319 at South Salina: In 2011 four upper floors were converted into twelve residential units. Former retail space. These are spacious lofts at 1300 – 1610 sq ft, fully equipped, rare Manhattan-style lofts in ‘Cuse.

Mission Landing, Franklin Square: Formerly Monarch Typewriter Company factory. Very large, luxurious loft spaces and more. You’ll see first floor condominium #112 at an astonishing 2100 sq ft with two stories Two bedroom/two-and-a-half bathroom, open floor plan, high ceilings, oak hardwoods. Living room features a free-standing gas stove. Custom cabinetry, soapstone counter tops. Mission Landing spaces are among the most luxurious in downtown.

You’ll get special offers from downtown restaurants, retail and museums during the tour. You can walk it but there are two free shuttles running along the tour route as well. If you buy your ticket online now it’s only $10, but you’ll be able to buy one in person for $12 the day of the tour between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be $2 parking in the lot across from Dinosaur BBQ and free on-street parking in the central business district. Ticket holders get a program guide on the day of the event via The Post Standard.

Downtown Committee presents The Sixth Annual Downtown Living Tour
Saturday, May 19th – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
More info here

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