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Vintage Dallas Apartments with History and Genuine Character!

We’ve told you before, but nothing compares to the character of a loft, which usually hails from older properties.  Seriously, the “character” you see in all these new apartments is actually just trying to recreate the magic of these buildings that have been standing in Dallas longer than you (and probably your grandparents) have been.  Some of these buildings on our list are over 100 years old!  Things were built so, so differently back then.  Nowadays, construction is just trying to keep up with Dallas’ booming growth.  Also, you get way more bang for your buck in these older properties!  Some of these apartments are a little more expensive compared to other properties, but our apartment locators will assure you 10 out of 10 times that the quality, unique character and square footage will always be worth your dime.

We love the beautiful Art Deco style that is still alive and well in this list and the opulent finishes that you just can’t find anywhere else.  Living in one of these buildings guarantees an apartment your friends will be impressed with because they are just downright unique.  Living in one of these apartments is like finding that awesome vintage dress on SoCo in Austin or having that sweet vintage jersey hanging on your wall, everyone’s going to ask about how you found it.  Here’s our list of properties with history that will give you a deeper sense of connection with this beautiful city and a cool antique vibe to brag about:

ICONIC BUILDING JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN

Ugh. Drool.  This iconic building was the first Sears building to be established outside of Chicago!  For two years, it was the tallest building in Texas!  Now boasting 1.2 million square feet, these spaces have been remodeled into loft apartments with almost 100 different floorplans to choose from.  Trust us when we say, just about every single one is a total knockout.  Some floorplans even offer stunning downtown views, and even if your unit doesn’t, there’s always the 10th floor rooftop pool and deck!  Original hardwood floors, concrete columns all throughout the lofts, exposed ducts, and uniquely-laid concrete ceilings give this place a feeling that makes you want to hear all of the stories these exposed brick walls have to offer.

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One bedroom lofts starting at $1350 and two bedroom lofts starting at $1625.

FEDERAL HISTORY IN A STUNNING DOWNTOWN BUILDING

These apartments have a prestigious history and a prime downtown location!  Literally the FBI used to be here, (no joke), among various other government offices and agencies.  This former U.S. Post Office has intricately carved wood wainscoting, fresco painted ceilings, marble stairways and terra cotta tile hallways this is the kind of quality we are talking about that you seriously can’t find at any brand new property.  Only two blocks away from Klyde Warren Park and walkable to plenty of bars and restaurants downtown, this location celebrates the simpler times when it was built where we didn’t Uber everywhere.  But hey, it’s 2015 so you can actually still easily Uber to plenty of popular Dallas neighborhoods from this location.

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One bedrooms starting at $1510, two bedrooms starting at $2948 and penthouses starting at $3100.  Six weeks free!

ANTIQUE BUILDING OFFERING BOTH VINTAGE STYLE AND BRAND NEW RENOVATIONS

This historic landmark was once a train station in the heart of downtown Dallas but has been refurbished into 134 lofts!  Built in 1916, plenty of the original materials still stand but they also have amazing new renovations for those of you who love lofts but also appreciate contemporary styles.  Super walkable downtown location near the DART for easy access to anywhere in DFW you could ever want to go!  Only one block away from Neimen Marcus’ flagship store and a number of popular restaurants and bars meaning you can keep your car parked all weekend while you play around the city!

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One bedrooms starting at $1100 and two bedrooms starting at $1500! 

LIVE WHERE HENRY FORD USED TO MAKE TRUCKS

Many years ago, Henry Ford bought this property and it was used as a warehouse and showroom for Ford models!  Years later, it was a hat manufacturing company, and now it stands in Deep Ellum as gorgeous lofts with more windows that you’ll even know what to do with!  These lofts will remind you of a really cool old warehouse with a modern spin on them, with tons of floorplans to choose from!  Right in the mix of all of the best Deep Ellum has to offer, these lofts offer a walkability to some of the coolest new places to grab a drink, a bite, or a late night tattoo right out your front door!

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One bedrooms starting at $1290 and split-level units that could be transformed into two bedrooms starting at $1400. 

LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK…THAT YOU CALL YOUR HOME

What was once an esteemed national bank is now an icon of the Dallas skyline with breathtaking elegance.  This place is so beautiful, it has even been the set for a Martin Sheen movie in the 90’s!  Many great minds have spun through these doors that you can now call home.  Another super walkable downtown property with plenty to do and see right outside!  Rooftop pool with downtown views and cabanas, direct access to Dallas Tunnel System, 24 hour fitness center, and boutique lobby entrance!  65 different floor plans meaning all the more opportunities to make this place your own and so completely different from all of the new construction your friends are moving into!  Granite enclosed garden tubs and showers, historic terrazzo tile flooring, concrete ceilings and the ever-crowd-pleasing exposed ducts!

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Studios starting at $1180, one bedrooms starting at $1250 and two bedrooms starting at $1860.  $250-500 off on select units!

If you are looking for some genuine character in your humble abode, give us a call or text at 214-586-0519 or fill out one of our apartment search forms for more info and to set up a tour today!