'Our community's front porch': First-ever downtown home tour set for Saturday

FARGO -- Thousands of people visit downtown Fargo every year for shopping, dining and entertainment. But a local group wants to help make others realize it's also a great place to live.
Living space in the renovated Ford Building in downtown Fargo. Special to The Forum

FARGO - Thousands of people visit downtown Fargo every year for shopping, dining and entertainment. But a local group wants to help make others realize it's also a great place to live.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association is sponsoring its first-ever home tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Tour participants will get the chance to visit seven homes, including apartments, condos and houses. Addresses include: The Ford Building, 505 Broadway N.; The Fargoan, 319 Broadway N.; Woodrow Apartments, 1222 Fourth Ave. N.; Roberts Commons, 625 Second Ave. N.; 23 1⁄2 Eighth St. S.; 723 Third Ave N.; and 300 Broadway N.

The association says the goal is to engage neighbors and show the community what urban Fargo living is like.

"Once you've lived downtown, it's hard to imagine living in any other part of town," says board member Josie Danz. "Downtown is one of the few parts of town that is built around people, not cars.

"You're always within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, shops and services our community has to offer," she adds. "Why wouldn't you want to live in the area that everyone else brings their families and out-of-town guests to show them true Fargo character?"

The home tour is a fundraiser for the association, which will use the proceeds to make improvements to downtown blocks, hold more events and support operational needs. Parking is free in the Roberts Common garage, and tour participants will also receive discounts, incentives and promotions when they show their wristbands to participating businesses.

Northern Home Furniture will serve refreshments to event attendees and offer a place where people can regroup and rest if need be. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online on Eventbrite through Friday, Sept. 14, or in-person at downtown businesses Nichole's Fine Pastry, Northern Home Furniture and Zandbroz.

Danz says the tour is for everyone, including those who currently live downtown, those interested in the historic buildings as well as new projects and those just curious about living in the heart of the city.

"Downtown is our community's front porch," says Danz. "We want to show people how safe, welcoming and diverse the downtown neighborhood is. Downtown is rich in culture, community and opportunity, and we hope this home tour shows people downtown is a place anyone can call home."