The City People Downtown Home Tour
Retirees, college students, working professionals and others of all ages come together in one of Knoxville’s most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods — downtown.
There’s nothing typical about residential life in downtown Knoxville. You can live in spaces that are industrial, modern, classic, mid-century, traditional or urban. You can live in a studio loft or a three-bedroom townhome. You can live in the bustle of Market Square, the serenity of World’s Fair Park or the historic hum of the Old City.
But now, you don’t have to live downtown to experience what it’s like to do so. You just have to join us for City People’s Downtown Home Tour!
What We’re About
Ask many downtown residents what inspired them to move to downtown Knoxville and chances are they’ll mention the City People Downtown Home Tour, which has been showcasing urban living for more than 25 years.
Founded in 1983, City People builds connections that enrich the vibrancy of downtown Knoxville. As the organization’s only major fundraising event, the Downtown Home Tour helps make that possible. The proceeds from the event not only make it possible for the organization to operate, but also support City People’s mission by funding its Small Grants, multiple free events for anyone downtown and more.
Help us build a more vibrant downtown community (and take a peek at the urban living lifestyle) when you join us for the City People Downtown Home Tour.
“The Downtown Home Tour has been instrumental in highlighting the benefits of downtown living and our outstanding properties,” says Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Living It Up in Downtown
Whether you’re a foodie, craft beer lover, buy-local diehard, music nut, wine enthusiast or all of the above and more, downtown Knoxville has a little bit of everything for everyone.
It’s a walkable downtown with an easy-to-use free Trolley system for days when it’s too hot, cold or rainy.
We have some of the best restaurants in Knoxville and have cornered the market on the city’s craft breweries. Downtown Knoxville also offers entertainment at the famous Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theater or other bars and venues like the Mill and Mine.
You can access to the river from Billy Lush Board Shop or the Volunteer Princess and get a front-row seat on game day for the Volunteer Navy.
The city Greenway through World’s Fair Park and the park’s open lawn areas and playgrounds provide plenty of recreation space for kids and adults alike, while small pockets of parks throughout downtown offer quiet spaces to sit and watch the world go by.
Who Lives Here?
(From American FactFinder for 37902 ZIP code in 2015): 2,097 people; 30.6 median age; 89.7% high school graduate or higher; $29,601 median household income.
Parking for Residents
Designated parking provided by many residential buildings; city-owned garages starting at $40 per month; parking-lot-specific permits starting at $22.50 per month; meters are free to everyone after 10:00 pm on Gay Street and 6:00 pm in other areas and free on Sundays, and city-owned garages are free to everyone after 6:00 pm and on weekends.
Rental rates range from $1.00-$2.00 per square foot per month. Purchase options are available for studio, one, two and three bedrooms ranging from 800-3,465 square feet for a cost of $156-$418 per square foot ($192,000-$1.45 million).
PetSafe Downtown Dog Park at the corner of West Summit Hill Drive and Central Avenue with solar-powered lighting; downtown restaurants with dog–friendly patios areas; doggy waste stations located throughout town.
6 Grocery Stores Within 2.5 Miles
The Market at the corner of Gay and Union; Three Rivers Market on North Central Street; Food City on Western Avenue; Kroger on North Broadway Street; Publix at University Commons; Kroger at Chapman Highway.
Walk to the Farmers Market
Fresh produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture–raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts and more Saturdays and Wednesdays, May through November.
Schools in the Area
Elementary Schools: Sequoyah or Green Magnet Academy
Middle Schools: South Doyle or Vine Magnet
High School: Austin–East Magnet
Hotels for Your Out-Of-Town Guests
The Oliver Hotel on Union Avenue; The Tennessean Hotel; Hilton on West Church Avenue; Crown Plaza on West Summit Hill Drive; Holiday Inn on Henley Street; Four Points Sheraton on 11th Street; Knoxville Marriott on East Hill Avenue; Hyatt Place in the Farragut Building on Gay Street; Courtyard by Marriott on Church at State St.; Embassy Suites Downtown on Gay St.