ROANOKE, Va. -

More people are moving to downtown Roanoke.

In just five years, the city has more than doubled the number of residential units and at least three new apartment buildings are under construction right now.

Moving can be stressful and expensive, but Kayln Carter said her decision to move downtown will be well worth it.

"It takes me three minutes to get to school and to get to work,” said Carter. “There's tons of stuff to do down here."

Carter is moving into Ponce De Leon, which is one of downtown Roanoke's newest apartment buildings.

"The fact that it was brand new and very affordable had a lot to do with it,” she said.

Carter said she had quite a selection to choose from when deciding where to live in the downtown district.

In addition to the residential buildings that are well established downtown, a number of companies are investing money into old, abandoned buildings with the goal of turning them into new city living spaces.

"Where once there was only 12 persons living, now we have the downtown population to over 1500,” said Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers.

In 2010, there were only 441 residential units.

Four years later, that number has more than doubled. Downtown Roanoke Incorporated expects that number to grow to more than 1,100 in 2015.

Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce President Joyce Waugh said the more, the merrier.

"It's kinda like when you see in many communities, our community is no exception, you see a cluster of several businesses whether it's a Home Depot and Lowes right across the street from each other or a bunch of fast food places altogether in one area,” said Waugh. “I think competition is really good."

Carter admitted downtown city living isn't for everyone, but she said the demand for it is there, at least for right now.

"Everyone wants to find an apartment downtown cause it’s right here,” said Carter. “It’s close to everything. Everyone I talk to I hear they want to live downtown."

Right now, there are 30 apartment buildings in downtown Roanoke.