A successful revitalization effort has made downtown New Bern attractive to new residents and visitors alike. The Historic District, with homes dating back to the late 1700’s still has many jewels waiting to be brought back to life. There are those that are large, almost palatial, with beautiful garden areas and others that can be best described as neat bungalows. Additionally, condos and townhomes are available in the downtown area which includes multi-zoned areas allowing residential and commercial uses. The small town charm is enhanced by the variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, historic homes and churches. The New Bern Civic Theatre, New Bern Convention Center and Tryon Palace offer many cultural diversions throughout the year.