A rare inside look at downtown living in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO -- As Marlene McCauley gets dressed in the morning, she doesn't need a clock to keep her on track. Her view from her shower is the Lincoln Financial Building's large electronic sign that has the time on it.

"We just love it. We can't imagine living anywhere else," said McCauley as she gave us a tour of her home in downtown's Southside neighborhood. "We used to live near Lake Brandt for years, but then saw this work/live space. It's perfect for us because my husband's office is here as well."

Their home/office space is one of 12 residences on the Downtown Living Tour this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"People will get a real sense of what it's like to live downtown, in the houses, lofts, apartments," said tour organizer Gary Brame, of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. "There are great restaurants, great businesses, great people here. A real community where we all support each other."

Also included on the tour is the historical Southeastern building between Friendly Avenue and Market Street. The building, built in 1919, has undergone extensive renovations and is set to open at the end of May. It is a mixed use space that will include retail shops and 51 apartments. 35 percent of the apartments are already rented.

"We have the younger people, working professionals in their 20's, 30's and 40's, but then we also have some retired people so far. It's really an interesting combination," said Amanda Williams, of BSC Holdings.

For tickets to the Downtown Living Tour, visit DowntownGreensboro.net.

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