Houston Lofts For Sale | Compare Every Loft For Sale in Houston
Out of Houston’s 100+ residential buildings, more than 30 feature lofts and loft-style units. Houston loft buildings can range from converted historic buildings to newer luxury condos.
Nestled within the city’s most exciting districts, Houston lofts offer easy access to business and retail, vibrant street scenes, and outdoor entertainment spots. Other factors also contribute to loft living’s rising popularity, including the lock-and-leave lifestyle, additional security, and building amenities.
There are two types of lofts in Houston: converted historic lofts and new construction luxury lofts.
Exposed brick walls and ductwork, high ceilings, and open floor plans are common features.
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There are two types of loft buildings in Houston: converted historic buildings and newer construction luxury loft buildings.
Converted Historic Loft Buildings
The Southern Pacific Railroad Building, M.E. Foster building, First National Bank, and Byrd’s Department Store are just some of Houston’s historic buildings that were converted into lofts. These buildings previously housed offices, retail spaces, and warehouses.
Built as far back as the early 1900s, converted buildings typically feature exposed brick walls and ductwork and preserved architecture (in exteriors and common areas).
Converted historic Houston lofts include:
- Bayou Lofts (1910)
- Byrd’s Lofts (1934)
- Capitol Lofts (1900s)
- Franklin Lofts (1904)
- Hermann Lofts (1977)
- Herrin Lofts (1929)
- Keystone Lofts (1920)
- Kirby Lofts (1920)
- San Jacinto Lofts (1914)
- St Germain Lofts (1921)
- Beaconsfield Lofts (1909)
New Construction Houston Loft Buildings
Newer construction loft buildings have also become popular over the past decade. These often feature “loft-style” units with soaring ceilings and open spaces. Modern features meet old styles in these luxury Houston lofts.
Insulated windows, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and exposed ductwork and brick are common features in these units.
- The Empire Lofts
- Gotham Lofts
- Kirby Lofts
- Lofts At Post Oak
- Manhattan Lofts
- Metropolis Lofts
- Renoir Lofts
- Rise Lofts
- Stanford Lofts
- The Tanglewood
- Washington Lofts
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Lofts vs Townhomes or Single-Family Homes
When you buy a single-family home or a townhome, you own the land (from the center of the earth to infinity above) plus the structure.
When you buy a loft, you get airspace and shared ownership of the building’s common areas.
That’s why the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) issues a different contract for condos and lofts because they are a different entity.
As such, it’s imperative to use a mortgage broker and Realtor who is familiar with the loft transactions to help you navigate the different buildings, association rules, restrictions, and covenants, potential deferred maintenance issues, historical real estate trends, resale potential, financing requirements, and closing processes for lofts and condos.
Primary Benefits of Living in a Houston Loft
- Lock-and-leave lifestyle. The lock-and-leave lifestyle has become popular over the years, especially for people who don’t want the extra yard work, roof repair, building or grounds maintenance.
- Easy accessibility. Loft buildings in Houston are commonly situated at the heart of the city’s business and retail centers, like the Galleria and Downtown areas. Residents are usually minutes away from key business, retail, and entertainment centers, as well as plenty of dining options. Main roads and freeways are also typically nearby.
- Security. Many residential buildings offer 24-hour staff and security, controlled (some gated) entrances, secure parking, and security cameras.
- Building amenities. Newer loft buildings often offer a number of amenities, including tennis courts, swimming pools, saunas, theater rooms, fitness centers, rooftop decks, and more.
- Full-service amenities. Houston’s most expensive condos and lofts can offer white-glove service: concierge, porter, and valet services; trash and dry cleaning pick-up, shuttle services, and others. Older loft buildings tend to offer fewer amenities than their luxury condo counterparts.
- Like-minded neighbors. Living in a Houston loft offers great opportunities to meet like-minded people. A number of loft buildings and luxury condos have resident committees and social groups that arrange events and gatherings.
Primary Drawbacks (compared to Houston Townhomes or Houston Single Family Homes)
- Monthly maintenance fees. Staff and amenities are great but come with a fee. Monthly maintenance fees pay for shared expenses like common area maintenance and such. Be sure to weigh costs vs the benefits before you buy a loft and be wary of certain buildings that have large deferred maintenance issues.
- Neighbors. As you can’t choose your neighbors (some of whom may not be good neighborhoods) it’s important to look for lofts in buildings with good soundproofing (and/or limited units per floor).
- Converted units. Be wary of buildings that were originally built as apartments as the quality of construction can be inferior. Older loft buildings can have their unique issues as well, including drafty windows.
- Associations. Residents elect a Board of Directors to manage the building’s business and to establish and enforce building policies. Loft residents are part of a community, subject to community guidelines and restrictions. Knowing the guidelines before buying is imperative (especially if you have pets).
A great Houston Realtor can help guide you with reviewing maintenance fees and building policies.
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