The loft tour has finally come and gone and I am just thinking about my overall impressions of the event.
1. What was exciting to me is that, compared to other housing tours, we ran into more people who were actually wanting to move into the neighborhood and wanted information. My estimate was around 70% of the groups of people I spoke to had at least one person who were looking for a place to live. That's great!
2. One of the dissapointments from this year's tour was that many of the people that came to our display were irked by what they felt were excessively high prices. Higher pricing can be good too, but we just hope that people were'nt taking that away from the tour that downtown is priced too high. As in any market, that may be the case in some instances, but not in all. Living downtown is not cheap, but it is
affordable for many.
3. People from local St. Louis still look at loft living as a potentially new thing and are afraid that the "fad" will become unpopular soon. To those skeptics I would say that my childhood hero's, Ernie and Bert, have enjoyed loft living at 123 Sesame St. for 30 years!