Nothing says “you’ve made it” to a young professional like a sweeping downtown loft. And Champaign-Urbana provides plenty of housing options for Illini graduating from student digs to something a little more luxurious, though the downtown scene also appeals to empty nesters looking to downsize once the kids are gone and families hoping to instill some urban spirit in their young ones.
At One Main, the energy of downtown practically palpitates, so much that all of the units have sold.
Luckily, that excitement continues during the construction of M2 on North Neil Street, a mixed-use development.
With high-tech appliances, on-site maintenance, nearby parking and plenty of security, all newcomers need to do is enjoy the feeling of living among all the action. A former warehouse turned into loft condos, Uptown on Columbia is conveniently located within walking distance of the city’s thriving arts and entertainment district.
The development also includes a newly constructed three-story building adjacent to the lot. All residences feature individual street addresses and custom stainless steel doors unique to the unit, as well as private garden patios, high ceilings and glass block accent windows. Renters can also enjoy downtown living without the commitment of a mortgage, thanks to complexes such as The Hickory. Here, the eco-friendly mixed-use building is a green development, with exclusively Energy Star appliances, zero-VOC paint and bamboo flooring.
The skylights in the bedrooms are even equipped with light shades that run on solar energy. And with restaurants, shops and markets only a short stroll away, just think of all the money you’ll save on gassing up your car.
Of course, this is a stark contrast to the more rural environment available on the outskirts of town, which attracts people looking for peace and quiet – and a little more space. From Gothic Revival farmhouses to post-WWII Lustron houses, newcomers are sure to find a home sweet home, no matter their taste.