Downtown

The Downtown neighborhood exists as a kind of microcosm for the entire city. Land uses range from low-density residential to high-density apartments and from small commercial buildings to large industrial sites. About a quarter of this region is devoted to natural open space, and Fairmount Park is a main attraction for picnicking and outdoor recreation.

Many of the downtown buildings maintain local and national historical significance and represent exemplary examples of a variety of historic architectural styles. The heart of Downtown, the Main Street pedestrian mall, presents dozens of unique shops and is anchored by the world famous Mission Inn. This hotel had humble beginnings, but has grown into a world-class vacation site and has played host to several presidents and entertainment personalities.

Neighborhood Info

About Downtown Riverside, California:

Riverside was founded in 1870 as a cooperative joint-stock venture by an abolitionist judge, John Wesley North, and a group of 25 reform-minded pioneers. After the Civil War, Southern California was figured to be the location of the next real estate boom, so North’s Colony set out to invest wisely and to establish a community that would consciously avoid many of the social ills of cities on the East Coast.

The original town site measured one square mile and is now commonly known as Downtown or Mile Square. The surveyors for the City laid out the pattern with a plaza occupying the center block, which became White Park. They also named the east to west streets in numerical order, from First to Fourteenth, and named the north south streets for trees.

The City of Riverside began in this one-mile square area and the original plan in still evident in street design and building architecture.

Nearly all of the neighborhood’s land area is developed and the design is compact. Residential neighborhoods abut commercial development in an environment that was originally designed for pedestrians and has since been modified to accommodate the automobile. Downtown is the seat of city government and was once the primary site for commerce in the City of Riverside.

The downtown neighborhood exists as a kind of microcosm for the entire city. Land uses range from low-density residential to high-density apartments and from small commercial buildings to large industrial sites. About a quarter of this region is devoted to natural open space, and Fairmount Park is a main attraction for picnicking and outdoor recreation. Lake Evans offers water recreation and its proximity to the heart of downtown makes it unusual.

Many of the downtown buildings maintain local and national historical significance and represent exemplary examples of a variety of historic architectural styles. The heart of Downtown, the Main Street pedestrian mall, presents dozens of unique shops and is anchored by the world famous Mission Inn. This hotel had humble beginnings, but has grown into a world-class vacation site and has played host to several presidents and entertainment personalities.

The Fox Theater marks the northwest corner of the Main Street mall and was once a premier movie house in the nation. The first showing of "Gone With the Wind" occurred here, and Riverside was once one of the primary test markets for Hollywood feature films.
Households
4,013
31% with children
Ownership
35% Owned
65% rented, 12% vacant
Average Home Value
$344,234
Average Year Built
1956

Communities



Downtown Riverside includes the friendly communities of Downtown Riverside. Remember, Downtown Riverside is sometimes spelled as downtown, down town, Mile Square, Main Street, White Park, Fairmount Park, Central Riverside, Mission Inn District or the University Area. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in any of these fine communities, call Brian Bean and Tim Hardin, Homeowner Advocates, Dream Big Real Estate.

 

Downtown , Riverside
  • About Downtown

About Downtown Riverside, California:

Riverside was founded in 1870 as a cooperative joint-stock venture by an abolitionist judge, John Wesley North, and a group of 25 reform-minded pioneers. After the Civil War, Southern California was figured to be the location of the next real estate boom, so North’s Colony set out to invest wisely and to establish a community that would consciously avoid many of the social ills of cities on the East Coast.

The original town site measured one square mile and is now commonly known as Downtown or Mile Square. The surveyors for the City laid out the pattern with a plaza occupying the center block, which became White Park. They also named the east to west streets in numerical order, from First to Fourteenth, and named the north south streets for trees.

The City of Riverside began in this one-mile square area and the original plan in still evident in street design and building architecture.

Nearly all of the neighborhood’s land area is developed and the design is compact. Residential neighborhoods abut commercial development in an environment that was originally designed for pedestrians and has since been modified to accommodate the automobile. Downtown is the seat of city government and was once the primary site for commerce in the City of Riverside.

The downtown neighborhood exists as a kind of microcosm for the entire city. Land uses range from low-density residential to high-density apartments and from small commercial buildings to large industrial sites. About a quarter of this region is devoted to natural open space, and Fairmount Park is a main attraction for picnicking and outdoor recreation. Lake Evans offers water recreation and its proximity to the heart of downtown makes it unusual.

Many of the downtown buildings maintain local and national historical significance and represent exemplary examples of a variety of historic architectural styles. The heart of Downtown, the Main Street pedestrian mall, presents dozens of unique shops and is anchored by the world famous Mission Inn. This hotel had humble beginnings, but has grown into a world-class vacation site and has played host to several presidents and entertainment personalities.

The Fox Theater marks the northwest corner of the Main Street mall and was once a premier movie house in the nation. The first showing of "Gone With the Wind" occurred here, and Riverside was once one of the primary test markets for Hollywood feature films.

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