CREATED Sep. 25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- From historical Las Vegas neighborhoods, including ranch style homes of all sizes and price ranges off Alta and Rancho Drive, to gleaming condo towers within walking distance of Fremont Street, structures aren't the only things luring folks downtown.
Jennifer Cornthwaite lives in the neighborhood known as the Scotch 80's, "We've got the Smith Center and local-owned restaurants and culture and all the stuff that. you know, you want your kids to grow up with."
Kristi Overgaard lives in the Soho Lofts, "It's our heart. It's our city. The rest is tourism, but downtown is for us."
And Jack Levine, a realtor who specializes in historic properties chimes in, "It's not just about buying a house. It's also about buying into an urban lifestyle."
An urban lifestyle not found in the suburbs of Summerlin, Aliante or Anthem.
A lifestyle that community leaders and downtown residents espoused at the Historic Fifth Street School Wednesday night.
It was the latest in a series of lectures on downtown living, focusing on the benefits and challenges of staking a claim in the heart of the Valley.
Levine said, "The worldwide trend is for the re-urbanization of our cities, of people coming back in, who want to live close; not only close to work, but to have unique homes and unique neighborhoods, and, like I say, doesn't look like every other house on the street."
The community leaders and downtown residents said Fremont Street developments, including new projects like the Downtown Container Park, the new Zappos headquarters in the old city hall and smaller ones, such as the "Work in Progress" shared work space, create a sense of community that also boosts the City of Las Vegas' economic bottom line with retail and property tax revenues.
People like former Summerlin resident Kristi Overgaard said she hopes the word gets out that the heartbeat of downtown Las Vegas, gets stronger everyday.
Overgaard said, "There's just something going on everywhere, and you start to see that, and I think it makes everybody excited."