Best Downtown Neighborhood to Invest in Now

John S. Park and the Huntridge Tract


If you’re looking to buy a house Downtown, the “conjoined” neighborhoods of John S. Park and the Huntridge Tract—bordered by Las Vegas Boulevard, Charleston, 15th Street and Oakey—are your best bet. “They’re the only ’hoods so far along in the redevelopment stage that are also bike-friendly and easily walkable to Fremont East, the Arts District, Zappos headquarters and various restaurants,” Realtor “Downtown Steve” Franklin says. The houses range from 1940s-era cottages to mid-century modern ranch homes, and there are still a few gems to be mined. But if you’re wondering which area will be the next to rise, Downtown Steve advises you to keep an eye on the “up-and-coming” neighborhood of Mayfair, bordered by Fremont, Bruce, Charleston and Maryland. “It’s closer to all the things I mentioned, but it’s a little dog-eared,” he says. “It just needs a little love before it becomes a cute boutique neighborhood.”

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.