In recent years, downtown Detroit has turned into a high-energy, high-density hub for city living.

The Lowdown

Housing downtown is mostly high-rise apartments mixed in to the city center, which is filled with office space, bars, restaurants, and retail. Living downtown puts you within walking distance of the city’s top sports and entertainment venues like Ford Field (home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions), Comerica Park (home of MLB’s Detroit Tigers), the Detroit Opera House, the Fox Theatre, the Fillmore Theatre, Greektown Casino and more. In summer months, you can find Detroiters from all over enjoying live music at Campus Martius Park or strolling the Riverfront.

The Nitty Gritty

Downtown apartments are some of the city’s most expensive, and with few units for sale and rental occupancy rates hovering around 100%, they can be tough to find. Leave plenty of time for your apartment search in case you have to wait for the perfect unit to become available. Lower-priced studios and one-bedrooms, in particular, are in high demand, so plan accordingly. Consider taking on a roommate or looking outside the central business district if budget is an issue. Some rental buildings with more expensive units offer a few lower-priced ones, so if you want one of those, be prepared to wait. Some older rental properties downtown offer lower rates in exchange for older, not-recently-renovated properties and fewer amenities.

Check It Out

  • Experience a Friday night at D’mongo’s.
  • Have a great night at events like Jazzfest, Downtown Detroit Days, and Motown Winter Blast.
  • Go to a Tigers game – but visit the Park Bar before, and Bucharest Grill after.
  • Spend a night at Steve’s Place, an old downtown stalwart with cheap beer.


Downtown Detroit Partnership 
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