Downtown Knoxville may be a place where you work or shop or enjoy a meal. Many people also make downtown their home.
"It's an urban existence but we feel very connected to East Tennessee," downtown resident Linda Gay Blanc said.
She and her husband took a tour of downtown homes years ago and fell in love with the Phoenix Building.
They are close to their jobs. It's a short bus ride or bike ride away. And they really appreciate their view.
"We wake up most mornings to a great shot of House Mountain. Often the fog is rising on the river and the sun is rising and if you get really close to the window you can see the Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte," she said.
Inside, their home has modern touches within the walls of a structure built in 1899.
She lived in a loft in New York before moving to Jefferson City so she knew what to expect in an open floor plan.
"Living in a loft is kind of like living in a one room log cabin because everything is open and it creates great flow and great air and it's very easy to have parties and rearrange things but you have to keep the kitchen clean all the time. That's the only down side I would say," she said with a laugh.
Their loft is just one of the homes on City People's Downtown Home Tour set for this Sunday.
"If people had not opened their home 7 years ago we wouldn't be living here probably. It's one thing to read about it and see images and it's another thing to visit with a family or a couple or an individual who lives the downtown lifestyle," she said.
Katie Powell is a City People Board Member. She said, "The City People Tour is a tour of 9 to 10 places. Either it's new construction or renovated buildings. People who live downtown have opened up their residences for people to come down and see what living downtown is all about."
Those who live downtown embrace the walkability, abundant entertainment, and culture.
"We really hope that people will come to the tour, learn a little bit more about downtown, and maybe it will inspire them to retire or relocate to downtown themselves," Powell said.
Blanc said, "We would just love for other people to have this experience."
It's a downtown experience right here in East Tennessee.
All the proceeds from City People's Downtown Home Tour will fund downtown events.