A strong residential base is a key component of any successful downtown. Mixing housing types and sizes, in established neighborhoods and new development, provides an array of options to satisfy the varied lifestyles that make downtown vibrant.
Many assets contribute to the desirability of downtown Kalamazoo as an attractive place to live. It is the region’s principal employment center and home to major institutions, shopping, entertainment, health and personal services. Downtown Kalamazoo also offers an abundance of community facilities such as exemplary schools, parks and places of worship all within a comfortable walking distance.
Because of these benefits, an increasing number of people are calling downtown Kalamazoo home. The number of people seeking downtown residences currently exceeds the number of units available. Most of these individuals are young professionals and empty nesters. In response to this demand, the number of loft apartments and condominiums has increased.