No Vacancy Downtown
Some people say the search for downtown housing in Columbia is nearly impossible because there aren't many vacancies. The supply for downtown housing isn't able to meet the demand for it, so finding a place to live means moving fast.
"I called, I believe, 18 different realtors that all have downtown apartments at various levels and nothing was available," Sean Spence, downtown tenant, said.
"In any city, about one to two percent of the population wants to live in the downtown area. We simply don't have enough apartments to cover that number of people," Carrie Gartner, Columbia Business District Director, explains.
Not meeting the demand isn't the only downfall to downtown living,
"Parking, definitely parking, you have to worry about meters and we sometimes park in the bank and you have to worry about being towed," Mike Cernuto downtown tenant, explains.
Still, parking won't keep dedicated tenants from shopping, eating, living and playing downtown. Landlords and tenants say they know the demand is high, and the waiting lists are long. They say the best option of finding downtown housing is to snatch it up after someone you know decides to leave.