Downtown Harrisonburg offers the urban amenities of a metropolitan city with a sense of community found in small towns. One of the most attractive qualities of living downtown is its walkability. Your front door is just steps away from the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, a full scale co-op grocery store, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and neighborhood services. 

From 110 living units in 2003 to more than 550 today, people are seeking out downtown Harrisonburg to call home. Beautiful historic downtown buildings have been transformed into amenity-rich, mixed-use spaces that still preserve the charm of the original architecture. Buildings that were one warehouses or production plants have been turned into eco-friendly housing units that offer retail, restaurants, bike racks, fitness facilities, underground parking, electric car plug-in stations, and more. 


250 Metro
250 E Elizabeth St

250 Metro is a mixed-use property specializing in professional office space and luxury apartments. Amenities include hardwood floors; 10-ft. ceilings; and private, off-street parking. The Metro Building was built in 1946, and purchased by Schewel Furniture Company in 1981. It was used as a warehouse and distribution for furniture and accessories. 


Colonnade at Rocktown
351 N Main St

The Colonnade at Rocktown is conveniently located near the Friendly City Food Co-op, post office, and Local Chop & Grill House. The complex offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with access to a 24-hour fitness center and off-street parking. Select corner units provide exceptional views of downtown.  


Photo by Katie Schmid of The Pinwheel Collective

Photo by Katie Schmid of The Pinwheel Collective

Denton Center Apartments on Court Square
61 Court Square

Step outside your door, and you're right on Court Square in the heart of downtown. These one-bedroom, studio-style apartments above Larkin Arts feature hardwood floors and on-site laundry. The Denton Building offers a limited number of private parking spaces and is conveniently located close to the Water Street parking deck.


The Flats at City Exchange
56 W Gay St

The City Exchange was built in 1908 and was the largest produce production facility on the East Coast at the time. It was converted to lofts and flats in 2006.  This historic building is outfitted with bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances, 8-ft. ceilings, Italian stairs, and exposed brick and beams that remind residents of the rich history of this 100 year-old building.  


Gitchell Apartments
79 E Market St

The Gitchell Building is located just one block from Court Square, and offers three upscale, second-floor units completely renovated in 2007. For more details, contact Christa Gitchell at 540.434.5314.


Ice House Apartments
217 S Liberty St

Many Harrisonburg residents and JMU students have made the Ice House their home. The historic ice factory offers 34 residential apartments, featuring a mix of studios and one-bedrooms. The apartments boast a unique, industrial atmosphere with concrete floors, 10-ft. ceilings, and concrete columns coupled with high-end appliances and LED lighting. Venture downstairs to enjoy a brewery and coffee shop along with a clothing boutique and jewelry museum. 


The Livery Lofts
80 W Water St

The historic livery building offers 12 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments on the corner of Water and Liberty Streets. Each unit features top-of-the-line appliances and throwback 50s style refrigerators while preserving the rich architectural history of the building with exposed ceilings, wood work, and historically preserved windows. 


Sancar Flats at West Rock
28 W Rock St

Sancar Flats at West Rock offers one- and two-bedroom apartments on the north end of downtown. The Metro Sancar Building, originally built in the 1930s, has housed many textile manufacturers over the years. It was purchased in 2005 by a Harrisonburg-based investment group and converted to upscale apartments that range in size from 600 to over 1,700 square feet. 


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Urban Exchange
238 E Water St

Urban Exchange is downtown's largest, mixed-use residential community, offering 194 apartments. Choose from a studio, one-, two-, or three-bedroom layouts, and advantage of the amenities. A fitness center, book exchange lounge, underground parking, and landscaped courtyard are just a handful of the modern features available. And, just steps away, in the same building, is a brewery, coffee shop, pizza parlor, and more. 


The Walton Hotel
181 N Main St

Rent an apartment just above The Golden Pony! The Walton Hotel includes five upscale apartments located on the north end of downtown. This historic building has been converted from a hotel into spacious apartments with bamboo flooring, stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer, and custom cabinets with solid surface counters.