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Industrial Lofts:  Industrial Lofts are usually converted from old industrial warehouses and office buildings.  Often found deep in the heart of urban downtown districts.  Very popular for Artists and musicians in Deep Ellum District located in Downtown Dallas  Ex. American Beauty Mill, Magnolia Station, Post Wilson

Loft-Type Units:  These are the next generation multi-family housing units inspired by the loft, though with interior walls/enclosed bedrooms. Interior often has high exposed ceilings, large windows, open floor plans, and typically within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, dining, night clubs, bus and rail lines, parks, hotels, commercial buildings, and other urban settings.  These type of modern lofts resemble urban condo living and range from a mid-rise three story structure to high-rise modern condo/loft style living. Ex.
Renaissance on Turtle Creek,

Traditional Loft - Traditional lofts were built from old warehouse, office, and industrial buildings. Through the course of time these buildings were often zoned for commercial use and later converted into multi-family dwellings housing buyers a home where they could both live and work.  Most traditional lofts have wide open spaces, sometimes incorporating split-level floorplans.  Artists have defined the term and lifestyle of "loft living" and enjoy an open floorplan that offers open layout, high ceilings, and a contemporary urban atmosphere  Lofts have come to be identified as an urban dwelling with minimal lines, open layout, few walls, exposed superstructure, large or numerous windows, and unique modern finishes.

Traditional or SOHO-Style Lofts:  These are the types of lofts popularized in New York’s SOHO area and so lofts built in this fashion are sometimes called “SOHO-style” or “traditional” lofts. These lofts are more concerned with open raw space without walls inside the loft unit shell. The appeal of these traditional lofts is that you have the freedom to define and design the space to suit your personal tastes.

Soft Lofts: A soft loft is an alternative style to the traditional loft and often considered a condominium. The soft loft is a newer design with a more liberal definition of what a loft is.  Soft lofts retain the open space layout of traditional lofts and may have exposed ductwork, exposed beams and columns, and high ceilings. But, soft lofts offer more room separation and walled definition than traditional lofts. They can offer separate bedroom enclaves for privacy and they can also offer special features like floor to ceiling windows that traditional lofts may not have.  The appeal of soft lofts is that the soft loft offers the look, feel, and essence of a loft. But soft lofts can offer more amenities and more predefined privacy than the traditional style

Loft Conversions vs. New Construction:  Loft conversions are often older buildings such as commercial, governmental, or industrial buildings that have been refurbished and converted into multi family residential housing units.  New construction lofts are often referred to as the Condo Loft Hybrid which incorporates both urban loft living with features a condominium may offer such as private garage, separate rooms, closets, and three and four level floorplans.  Both new and refurbished loft projects in Downtown Dallas have proved to be great investments. Ex. Bryan Street Lofts,  

Historical/Industrial Lofts:  Found in downtown urban districts.  Within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, entertainment.  Sometimes carry special tax incentives based on historical significance.  Ex. Soco Urban Lofts, Canton Lofts, Dallas Power and Lights,

Mid - Highrise Lofts:  Includes both new and refurbished construction in downtown urban districts.  Contemporary Architecture mixing elements of luxury highrise living with traditional urban condominium lifestyles.  Ex. 1 Arts Plaza, Bryan Street Lofts, The Metropolitan Club, Knox Park, Bryan Street Lofts, Southside on Lamar, Renaissance

The Manhattan loft - The central discipline of the Manhattan loft lies in the handling of space and material elements, with the common theme being based on openness and flexible spatial content - which is not about fashion, but is instead concerned with a sense of rooted settlement and the restorative values of ordered space and light within the basic structure of a personal retreat

Bi-Level/New York-Style/Artist Lofts:  These units have lofted bedrooms and no interior walls. The have very high ceilings, exposed concrete walls, open warehouse floorplan, contemporary architecture and interior/exterior finish.

 

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