The Interurban building is a classic industrial loft building in downtown Dallas.

Some of the hottest apartments currently on the market are lofts, with plenty of luxury lofts for rent in Dallas. Loft apartments are often converted from former industrial buildings, but now many brand new “loft-style” apartments are being built in the Dallas, usually located near downtown. Loft-style buildings are open-concept spaces with high ceilings and large windows, and often include more industrial decor such as exposed brickwork. This week we’re highlighting our favorite residential loft rentals in Dallas.

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The exterior of the Kirby Building on main. This converted Gothic building has fantastic apartments with great views.

The Kirby Building on Main is a converted Gothic historic property full of apartments with great views. Photo: Kirby Residences on Main

Ashley D. Stanley has positioned herself to be the go-to expert locator for downtown Dallas apartment rentals. She’s a real estate broker and owner of Ashley’s Apartments, an apartment locator service specializing in downtown and nearby areas.

Stanley lives, works, and plays in downtown, and considers herself one of its biggest fans.

“I live at 1900 Elm historical lofts next to Main Street Garden and have an office space out of the Pacific Place building next door, where my commute is through the skywalk, but with the birth of my son this past year I moved everything to my home office,” she said. “I moved my office from Park Cities in July 2013 right after I found out I was pregnant. I knew the downtown market was on the rise.”

Stanley was right: apartments in downtown can hardly get built fast enough to satisfy demand.

“The market is hot, hot, super hot,” she said. “New buildings are popping up and units are being pre-leased, meaning you might go to a showroom, see a spread of photos for their unique finish out, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, flooring, etc. and you are offered a great move in rate with maybe a few free weeks if you sign within 24 to 48 hours.”

But with high demand comes higher rents, and many people feel challenged by the task of finding affordable lease in downtown. So we sat down with Stanley and got her recommendations for the top five least expensive studio apartment rentals in downtown Dallas. Jump to read about these five fantastic places and her tips for snagging a lease!

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Mitchell Historic Lofts building in Exposition Park

We don’t showcase enough loft properties here on CandysDirt.com, which is sad because Dallas has some incredible loft apartments in some of its most popular close-in neighborhoods. Thankfully Chase Heckendorn of The Urban Avenue has some wonderful properties to share, including this fantastic historic loft in the John E. Mitchell Building.

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