Riding the Bull in Downtown Durham

Sarah rides the bronze bull in downtown durham

by Jay on September 2, 2010

Prime Downtown Durham

My friend and client Jesse Turner, a landscape architect and talented photographer, took the picture above that he calls Rodeo Sarah.  The Bull, of course, is the iconic bronze on the plaza in Downtown Durham that lets you know unequivocally that you are in the Bull City. Jesse also took the photograph of the Durham Performing Arts Center that the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has used widely and is one of the photos used in the video here. Jesse introduced me to Wil Wildon, a videographer of some local note and we teamed up to see if we could produce some really spectacular real estate marketing.

The Mangum506 Condos again.

Since I wrote the last post here several weeks ago Springtree Realty and this marketing team has taken over the marketing of the remaining three units of this conveniently placed project on Mangum Street just outside the loop near City Hall. This is an honor and a special challenge for me.  Years ago when not many people were betting on Downtown Durham (or capitalizing it) I had a small part in a group that formed Downtown Durham Inc.  I served on the founding board of directors for several years as the chairman of the Marketing Committee. But for a few years I was working in Raleigh and lost touch with the revitalization effort.

Back now for several years in Durham  most of my support of downtown has been through writing frequent posts here and on SpringtreeTerritory’s sister blog, DurhamLuxRE.com promoting Durham and especially the recognition the downtown revitalization has brought the city.  But now that architect Scott Harmon and his partners in the Mangum506 including Susana Dancy have given us this opportunity,  I’m actually quite surprised that I have totally underestimated just how profound the changes have been.

The other thing that has surprised me is that the people who choose to live downtown are not just slightly eccentric urban pioneers anymore. It turns out that our Downtown has become a terrifically convenient and interesting place to live.

Take a peek at the video tour and see if you don’t agree.

506 North Mangum Street

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