Pay to play: The cost of living in Old Town

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Living in a vibrant neighborhood means having cultural and fun events right in your back yard, but it also means paying more for living in a prime location. Old Town Lansing is one of those locations where the residents understand the reality of paying for the environment they live in. “I love this area,” Old Town resident Sarah Christiansen said. “I fell in love with it before I lived here, or bought a shop here.”

Christiansen is also a business owner and part of the board of the Old Town Commercial Association — she rents the second floor of her store for residential purposes. But living in Old Town includes amenities that are hard to find somewhere else.