Neighborhood Spotlight: Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park Overview

This design hotbed offers a mix of housing styles and open space at a strong value, within walking distance or a short drive of downtown.

The Lowdown

Lafayette Townhomes

In architecturally significant Lafayette Park, you can buy a townhouse or rent an apartment designed by famed architect, Mies van der Rohe, just outside of downtown. Built in the late 1950s, Lafayette Park’s high-rises and townhomes surround the green space of the actual Lafayette Park. For being in the heart of the city, this area still has a great neighborhood feel and lots of wide-open spaces and trees. There’s not much retail, but there’s a small grocery store, laundromat, and Thai restaurant in the neighborhood’s small strip mall and you’re a quick trip from all that the downtown and Eastern Market neighborhoods have to offer. The Dequindre Cut, a cool urban trail, also offers direct walking or biking access to Eastern Market and the RiverWalk.

The Nitty Gritty

With multiple high rise towers and a mix of co-operative developments and condominiums, Lafayette Park offers great options for a wide variety of renters and buyers, in a wide variety of price points. The high rise towers such as Lafayette Towers, 1300 Lafayette, and The Pavilion offer spectacular city and water views, and modern living, at price points much lower than properties in neighboring downtown. For those looking for more space , there are several townhouse developments throughout the neighborhood with great features like community pools, gated parking, fitness facilities, and more. Challenges in financing have kept purchase prices at some of the neighborhood’s co-op properties low, so check out these units if you’re looking for a lower-priced property near all that downtown has to offer.

Check It Out

Here are some great ways to get yourself familiar with Lafayette Park:

  • Jump on the Dequindre Cut on foot or on bike, and follow the converted rail trail to Eastern Market or the RiverWalk—A great way to zip around town without dealing with car traffic.
  • Keep an eye out the neighborhood’s local historic tours and events to get a glimpse inside some of these architecturally significant properties.
  • Pack a picnic and some lawn games and hang out in the park for a quick green getaway, just steps from downtown.

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