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With so many Atlanta properties dating back to over a century ago, this city is a dream home for many fans of history and architecture. It is no surprise that ATL loft apartments are a popular choice for many residents, with many constructed in restored warehouses, factories and office buildings from as far back as the 1870s. Finding a loft for rent in the city of Atlanta is not easy, however. You are actually more likely to find a loft for sale rather than for rent, as loft rentals are not as common across the city as other housing options. Both difficult to find and highly sought after, it is important to know where to look and what prices to expect.

Loft-style apartments tend to be more expensive than other multi-family housing types, due to their style and renovations, as well as the high demand. Prices often vary depending on the square footage, amenities and the age and prestige of the building. Some luxury lofts reach as high as $5,000 per month for multiple bedrooms with upscale amenities like pool access, stainless steel appliances or panoramic views of the city. In general, you can expect rent to fall within the following ranges:

  • Studio loft: $1,000 – $1,600
  • One bedroom loft: $1,200 – $2,000
  • Two bedroom loft: $1,800 – $2,500

If you crave the eclectic feel of industrial-style lofts, the neighborhoods located east of Downtown and Midtown are your best bet. In the East region, you will find many of the historic districts of Atlanta, which offer a variety of unique housing opportunities. This includes authentic industrial lofts, complete with exposed brick and pipework, open floorplans, wide windows and polished concrete floors.

Renovated apartments are common in this area, because of the abundance of local retail factories and warehouses that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Certain neighborhoods have more of these historic buildings than others, so check out these during your search:

  • Sweet Auburn
  • Inman Park
  • Edgewood
  • Oakland
  • Cabbagetown

Apartments in these neighborhoods are considered some of the best in the city, combining the metropolitan vibe with less of the chaos associated with the city center. The area is generally quieter and experiences lower crime rates than Downtown, and walking to the nearby BeltLine or to a local café is a great way to experience the Atlanta sunshine. Check out some of the most popular complexes for loft apartments in this part of the city, including:

    • Flats at Ponce City Market. This Old Fourth Ward residence is located in the old Sears building, right above what is now a mixed-use development, which houses shops, restaurants and offices.
    • Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts. Located in Oakland, this community was built in what used to be the local cotton mill, complete with smoke stacks and an inner industrial courtyard.

You might find a more modern-style loft for rent in Atlanta around the Midtown and Downtown districts. Modern lofts are offered in newer buildings, usually with updated appliances and hardwood or tile floors. Some loft apartments in these neighborhoods also come with an actual loft area, a small room overlooking the open space of the living room. Here are a most likely neighborhoods to consider:

  • SoNo
  • Castleberry Hill
  • Tech Square
  • Atlantic Station
  • West End

A benefit of living in one of these neighborhoods is that locals have full access to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transport Authority (MARTA). Residents also live within walking distance of the main city attractions, like the World of Coca Cola museum in Downtown. For renters who still prefer the urban feel, there are occasionally some loft rentals available in the city center with the same industrial feel as the authentic warehouses.

  • MC Kiser Lofts. Formerly a shoe manufacturing plant, this renovated residence is located in Midtown, within walking distance of the art district.
  • Lofts at the Muses. Right at the heart of Downtown stands a series of buildings from the late 1800s that used to house Muses Clothing Company and now offer quaint housing.

It is unlikely that you will find an Atlanta loft for rent north of Midtown. Though there are occasionally lofts for sale here, the Buckhead region of the city is generally more tailored to larger and more upscale housing options. If you are interested in living in one of the many Buckhead neighborhoods, consider renting a luxury apartment or single family home in the area. Benefits include plenty of fine dining restaurants and boutique shops in Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza near the business districts, and pleasant forest views in the more suburban neighborhoods.

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