Concrete floors, exposed brick walls, pipes and ducts on view around the high ceilings, and steel frame, floor-to-ceiling windows. Is this something someone would actually look for in a home? Well, very much so! If you follow interior design news, there’s one trend that never seems to go out of style and that’s industrial, loft-style design. If anything, it’s only gaining more traction – and we’re not just talking about artsy homes in NYC, San Francisco, and L.A.
Authentic, loft-style design feels quite at home in Atlanta, in historic neighborhoods such as Castleberry Hill and Cabbagetown, and not only there. Former high-schools, clothing stores, old mills, and warehouses all across the ATL have been transformed and given new life as chic urban pads.
Here at RENTCafe, we wanted to see what Atlanta’s rental apartments bring to the table when it comes to industrial design, and we declare ourselves impressed. There is indeed a certain cachet associated with living in spaces where exposed ductwork and apparently unfinished walls add an undeniable uniqueness. And it’s surprising how comfortable and inviting this can make an apartment feel, in a thinking-outside-the-box way. But let us say no more – you can see for yourself.
These 10 Atlanta conversions speak the language of hip urban design; but more than that, they encourage a relaxed lifestyle in Georgia’s loft mecca.
1. Telephone Factory Lofts – Check Availability
Address: 828 Ralph McGill Blvd Atlanta, GA 30306
Former Use: This 1930s deco factory was constructed by Western Electric and converted in 1996 into 68 unique, authentic and incomparable loft units suitable for live, work and play.
Notables: Located in Poncey-Highland, close to both downtown as well as many other popular Atlanta areas. Exposed pipes, open-concept floorplans, beautiful metal staircases, plus energy-efficient appliances and stunning views.
Pricing: $2,137 – $3,870
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2. Bass Lofts Apartments – Check Availability
Address: 1080 Euclid Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Former Use: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bass Lofts was built into and around the structure of an existing school that dates back to the 1920’s.
Notables: Situated in Atlanta’s lively Little 5 Points, each loft apartment embraces architectural details respecting the integrity of the former two school buildings, the Classroom Building and the Gymnasium. The complex incorporates one-of-a-kind floor plans with conveniences found at larger properties including a fitness facility, garden plots, a dog walk, and a business center.
Pricing: $1,850 – $2,850
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3. Flats at Ponce City Market
Address: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE STE W209, Atlanta, GA 30308
Former Use: Built in 1925, the building served as a massive store and warehouse for Sears, Roebuck $ Co. Sears closed operations in 1989. In 2014, Ponce City Market begins to reopen the fully renovated Sears, Roebuck & Company building, restoring its prominence as a vital landmark in Atlanta’s burgeoning Old Fourth Ward.
Notables: The flats come with tall, steel-frame windows, Euro-style fittings, and treetop views.
Pricing: $1,700 – $3,700
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4. 1016 Lofts
Address: 1016 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30318
Former Use: This building was built on a piece of land that originally housed a dairy distribution center for rurally located dairy farms built in the 1940s. Simultaneously Redfern Foods, a specialty meat company, operated from the building taking advantage of the strategic location in the heart of the Miller-Union Stock Yards. After this, a steak specialty company operated from here and in the 1990’s the building was deserted. In 1999, it was purchased by architect Robert Cain.
Notables: Specifically tailored for Georgia Tech students and young professionals in general, this community consists of four buildings connected with open breezeways. Ideally located minutes from downtown and Bucktown, these unique residences offer expansive 10 ft. ceilings, concrete floors, extra storage, and inspiring views of the Atlanta skyline.
Pricing: $1,199 – $1,937
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5. Canton Mill Lofts – Check Availability
Address: 550 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, GA 30114
Former Use: What started as a denim factory in 1924 has been transformed into a beautiful, modern building complete with large living spaces, fresh amenities, and a museum that highlights the tradition of the property.
Notables: Downtown Canton and its trendy restaurants, bars, and shops are just a short walk away, and easy interstate access gives residents a straight shot to the heart of Atlanta in one direction and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia in the other. Interior finishes include 12-foot tall windows, 18-20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, sealed concrete floors, and spiral staircases.
Pricing: $680 – $825
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6. Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts / Stacks Lofts
Address: 170 Boulevard SE B107, Atlanta, GA 30312
Former Use: Plant of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills.
Notables: 18-20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, fantastic view of the city skyline.
Pricing: $950 – $1,950
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7. Ford Factory Lofts
Address: 699 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308
Former Use: Automobile assembly plant for Ford Motor Company.
Notables: Ford Factory apartments features 15-foot ceilings, 13-foot factory windows and fully appointed kitchens. Residents also have access to the community’s open air atrium.
Pricing: On request
Images via Ford Factory Lofts
8. The Roosevelt
Address: 745 Hansell St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Former Use: 1920’s school.
Notables: The Roosevelt is set in the Grant Park Historic District, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and Turner Field. The fancy new apartments occupy space in two buildings that once served as the Roosevelt High School.The former Gymnasium building was transfomed into one-of-a-kind, loft-style apartments. All units have a contemporary look with exposed pipes and brick walls, not to mention the extremely high ceilings and concrete floors. Some units have the original rubber floors that were used for the basketball court!
Pricing: $900 – $2,800
Images via The Roosevelt
9. Mattress Factory Lofts
Address: 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Former Use: Formerly the home of the Southern Spring Bedding Company, the Mattress Factory Lofts are located at the northern end of Grant Park, next to Oakland Cemetery, adjacent to the King Memorial MARTA station and blocks to downtown and the Capitol.
Notables: Comprised of buildings dating back to 1864, The Mattress Factory is a unique and fascinating mixed-use complex, with approximately 125,000 square feet of creative commercial space and 218 loft residences. Units come with steel frame industrial windows, maple finish cabinetry, pine flooring, cast iron enamel bath fixtures, and Italian tile. All lofts offer fully appointed kitchens and baths, stainless gas appliances and washer-dryer connections.
Pricing: $845 – $1,850
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10. Lofts at the Muses
Address: 50 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303
Former Use: The Lofts at the Muses is a historical loft renovation development in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. This revitalization project restored an entire city block, which consists of seven adjoining buildings built in the mid 1870s housing several notable businesses including the Muses Clothing Company. The building facades have been restored to reveal their unique historic characteristics.
Notables: The 65 lofts range in size from 600 to 1, 500 sq. ft. and come with hardwood floors and large windows. Interior features include distinct maple-paneled walls, 12 ft. ceilings, bedroom skylights, private decks, and stunning views of Woodruff Park and Downtown Atlanta.
Pricing: $925 – $2,500
Images via Mattress Factory Lofts