Anyone curious about York City living has an opportunity this week to catch a glimpse from the inside.

York Young Professionals will host the 14th annual York City Home Tour on Friday. Anyone is welcome to tag along.

"We really want to highlight city living," said Britta Schwab, a tour organizer. "We want to bring people's attention to the cool stuff going on downtown."

And, just maybe, they'll also help someone make a sale. Several of the seven homes on the tour are on the market.

Among them are loft-style condos along a momentum-gathering corridor and historic homes in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

In Newton Square, tourists will see renovated houses with hand-tiled floors and newly painted brick, Schwab said.

"They put a lot of work into it, and it's really gorgeous," she said of one home on West Princess Street.

At the Lofts on North George Street, visitors can see the best of both worlds. The condos are housed in an old indus-

trial building that's been modernized for upscale living.

In years past, as many as 250 people have taken the tour, Schwab said.

This year, tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. They can be purchased online at or, on Friday, at the Susan Byrnes Center, 515 S. George St.

The three-hour tour starts at 5 p.m., and people should start at the center to buy tickets or pick up maps.


"We really want to highlight, as well, the walkability of York City," Schwab said. "If a person wanted to, they could walk the tour." Then, from 8 to 10 p.m., tourists can return to the Susan Byrnes Center for a reception featuring live music, locally brewed beer and catered food.

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