Houston Lofts by Neighborhood
Downtown Houston, Galleria Area and River Oaks / Montrose house the majority of Houston’s loft buildings. (Read more about Houston’s Neighborhoods.)
When the Allen brothers founded Houston in 1836, majority of the city’s buildings were on Main street in the historic district. As you’ll see in the map below, many of Houston’s lofts today are also located downtown along Main street or in close proximity to this area.
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Below are some of the most popular neighborhoods for Houston lofts and some of the most popular buildings within each area.
Downtown Houston (77002, 77010):
River Oaks (77019):
Memorial Park (77007):
Types of Houston Lofts For Sale
Lofts in Houston typically fall into two categories:
- Renovated Historic buildings (original banks, warehouses or commercial stores);
- Newer construction condos built “in a loft style.”
Converted Historic Loft Buildings
Most of Houston’s residential units are conversions of older and historical buildings into modern loft spaces. In Downtown Houston for instance, banks, warehouses, department stores and other old establishments underwent renovation to provide affordable housing.
Some of the notable historic lofts (and their original construction date) in Houston include:
Newer Constructed Loft Buildings
Over the last decade, a number of Houston’s developers erected highrises featuring “loft style” look and feel with higher ceilings, exposed ductwork, exposed brick and modern amenities. Some of the notably newer construction lofts in Houston include:
Lofts vs Townhomes or Single Family Homes
One of the biggest differences between lofts in Houston and Houston townhomes for sale or Houston single family homes for sale is the underlying asset that you’re actually purchasing.
When you buy a townhome or a single family home, you own the land (from the center of the earth to infinity above) plus the structure.
When you buy a loft, you’re buying airspace and have shared ownership of “common-use” areas.
As such the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) promulgates a separate contract for condos because they are a different entity.
It’s important to use a mortgage broker and Realtor who is familiar with condo transactions to help you navigate the buildings, association rules and restrictions, potential deferred maintenance issues at that location, historical trends in that building, resale potential, unique financing requirements and closing process for condos.
Houston Lofts Overview
Disclaimer: Due to the large number of residential highrise buildings in Houston, we separated Houston Condos into a separate section. Click here to view all Houston Condos For Sale.
Houston’s economy is booming and approximately 1400 people are moving in to the city each day. Most want to live near the main city spots (Downtown Houston, The Galleria, River Oaks) and enjoy the restaurants, shops and other establishments just outside their building.
Living in a loft in Houston offers fantastic access to many of these prime locations.
Primary Benefits of Living in a Houston Loft:
- Maintenance. No yard work, roof repair, building or grounds maintenance. Easy to “lock the door & leave.” Lofts are very popular with people who want a 2nd home in Houston.
- Location. It’s not easy to find houses within minutes of some of the hottest places in town. However, you will find some great loft buildings where you can pop downstairs and into restaurants, bars, shops & more.
- Security. Many Houston condos have 24 hour staff, guards, secure parking, cameras, gated entrance and building security.
- Service & amenities. Many lofts in Houston offer great amenities: tennis courts, pools, saunas, movie rooms, well-kept grounds, workout facilities, roof top decks, and more.
- Great Staff. You’ll get access to porters, valet, building managers, concierges, trash & dry cleaning pickup and other services in many buildings.
- Neighbors. Living in a Houston loft building offers a great way to meet like-minded people. Many highrises have “resident committees” and social groups to meet up at nearby restaurants or bars.
Primary Drawbacks (compared to Houston Townhomes or Houston Single Family Homes):
- Maintenance fees. Staff and amenities are available, but come with a monthly fee. Review the costs and the benefits before you buy. Also, be wary of buildings that have large deferred maintenance issues (this is typically common with old and renovated buildings). Get a great Houston condo realtor to help guide your purchase.
- Neighbors. Most neighbors are well-mannered people, however, there will always be some who won’t be good neighbors. Unfortunately, you can’t choose them in advance. You’re going to be living closer to other people, so look for lofts with good soundproofing.
- Associations. Loft living differs from traditional homeownership as residents elect a Board of Directors to manage the building’s business and make residential decisions. The Board of Directors establishes the policies and the building manager enforces them on behalf of the homeowners. Know what they are in advance (your Realtor should help you understand these).