Cities with Unique Urban Designs

During the mid to latter part of the 20th century, a substantial portion of homebuyers were focusing their search in the growing number of suburbs. Crime rates, congestion, and urban decay were largely responsible for the massive exodus from urban areas to suburban alternatives. The overall consensus was the farther a homebuyer could get from an urban center the better. At the end of the 20th century, however, movements across the country in many metropolitan areas were underway to revitalize dilapidated downtowns. Cities that had suffered from urban blight for decades began to come back to life which, in turn, started to attract potential home buyers back. By the turn of the 21st century, efforts to transform once forgotten urban centers had taken on monumental proportions in some cities, rising to an art form.  Today, these efforts to revive the old can be seen all throughout the nation.  As a result, potential home buyers conducting a home search in urban areas across the country will find some truly unique urban designs.

Klyde Warren Park

Located in downtown Dallas, Texas, Klyde Warren Park provides a green oasis in the middle of one of the country’s top ten largest metropolitan areas. Covering just over five acres and built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway located between Pearl Street and St. Paul Street, the $100 million investment has breathed new life into downtown Dallas. The park connects the Dallas Arts District and the area known as “Uptown” with downtown Dallas. Residents, who live or work near the park can enjoy plenty of green space, jogging trails, a dog park, a children’s park, and an outdoor stage. A buyer who wishes to find a home near Klyde Warren Park should expect to pay an average of $500,000 for a two bedroom, two bathroom condominium. Larger condos and/or converted loft spaces can easily run over $1 million. Single family homes are not common in a home search around the park.

High Line of New York

Another display of unique urban design features can be found on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Known as the High Line, this public park is a result of the determination of local residents who fought to prevent the destruction of the historic High Line. Inspired by the Promenade plantée in Paris, this linear park currently runs from Gansevoort Street through the Meatpacking District up to 30th Street though there are plan to extend the park in the coming years. Along with providing an unexpected green space in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities, the High Line also includes innovative architectural design, over 200 species of plants, and numerous seating areas for residents and visitors alike to rest and enjoy the peace. Not surprisingly, the High Line has had an impact on housing in the immediate vicinity of the park, driving already high real estate prices even higher. A home buyer who hopes to find a home near the park will be limited to condominiums and apartments with square footage going for a premium price as is the case in most of New York City’s boroughs.

Embarcadero Promenade of San Francisco

When taking a stroll through San Francisco’s financial district, you might end up find yourself walking along the Embarcadero Promenade. Built on top of a freeway that was damaged beyond repair after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Embarcadero Promenade is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You are now able to walk out towards the water along the Port and enjoy beautiful views of the Bay Bridge.  The Promenade begins at Third Street at the AT&T Ballpark at its south end and will eventually end at the entry of Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf at its north end once the upcoming addition of the Pier 43 Promenade project is completed. Though designed as a multi-use space, the Promenade has become a very popular outdoor space for pedestrians, cyclists, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The space has also drawn both residents and businesses to the area. A home search in the Promenade area will typically yield condominiums and converted industrial space with average prices nearing $1 million.

If an unusual use of space appeals to you, and you are looking for more of an urban setting, you may find a home among one of these locations.