I don’t live in downtown. I’ve considered it. But my one bedroom rental house in K-town, with it’s yard and open space, has kept me from making the move. But I have decided that if I move again, either rent or buy, it will be east into downtown. I got my Los Angeles Magazine in the mail yesterday, and in it is this multipage advertisement about Downtown Living 2007 on March 10th and 11th. It’s a great way to tour what’s going on in downtown and see multiple locations, whether you’re looking to rent or buy. Over 16 locations are featured in the tour.
This from their advertisement:
Since the end of 1998, when the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (allowing conversion of office and other commercial buildings to residential space) was passed, the number of housing units Downtown has nearly doubled, from over 11,000 to close to 20,000. Another 25,000 units are in various stages of development, from those which have already broken ground to those two or more years away.
The flyer is a little deceiving, as it talks about all the art, museums, restaurants and new development. It doesn’t cover the crime and homelessness problems bordering every newly gentrified neighborhood. Nor can you expect it to. Before buying or renting I would make sure you feel comfortable in the neighborhood, long after the tour end time of 5pm. Go back and 10, 11, or midnight. Certain streets in downtown can drastically change when the sun goes down. Because the freaks definitely do come out at night. Or at least you just notice them more.