Cheyenne has a shortage of rental properties and a bunch of empty buildings downtown. It seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, decades of neglect have taken their toll and the concept of urban living hasn't taken off...yet.

On May 20th, the DDA is hosting a Downtown Housing Tour to showcase the Capital City's trendiest urban lofts. The self-guided tour begins with the historic Irwin Barn.

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Originally a horse barn for the legendary rancher and rodeo performer C.B. Irwin, the property on 410 Randall Avenue (28th Street and Pioneer) was recently repurposed into upscale living spaces.

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From there, the tour heads to the Frontier Hotel on 1901 Central. The property features studios and one bedroom apartments, along with a swanky penthouse loft on the roof.

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Next stop is the loft at 211 East 17th Street, which is perched above a restaurant and was remodeled by DDA board member Jonathan Sevelle.

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Next door at 107 E. 17th Street, the Ellis Loft occupies the top floor of the 17th & Central Executive Suites.

Down the street at 215 W. 17th Street, the second floor of the Mendocino Brothers Building features a residential space with historic significance. It lies next to the site where women were first granted the right to vote in 1869.

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The final stop on the tour is just around the corner on 1711 Carrey, which houses a boutique wine and cheese shop with an upstairs loft. Soon, they'll have company, when a bistro opens next door in the Gannett Building.