Suite 200 Living

Are you a self-employed creative? Then live/work space might be right for you says Chase Heckendorn. (Photos: Chase Heckendorn)

By Chase Heckendorn
Special Contributor

The growing culture of self-employed folks, creatives/freelancers and start-up businesses in Dallas has spurred quite a bit of demand for live/work space. Pioneered by some early loft developers in Deep Ellum, we’re now seeing a widespread trend of property owners and developers following in their footsteps. The idea of having an eclectic mix of commercial and residential tenants is appealing to both the tenant and property owner alike.

So what exactly is a live/work space, and why is it so appealing?


2220 Canton 309 Living 1

I have met the loft of my dreams and it is inside 2220 Canton, the Farmers Market lofts that have some incredible amenities. I love slick, open floorplans with tons of windows, especially those cool industrial vintage crankcase steel ones. Just fabulous. This unit, which is perfect for someone relocating from another urban area like, say, Chicago or New York, and wants a walkable, fun location that is close to pretty much everything, but isn’t sandwiched between the copious $30K millionaires in Uptown (nothing against Uptown!).



Mitchell Historic Lofts building in Exposition Park

We don’t showcase enough loft properties here on, 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.