Linda Bridges at Texas Pro Real Estate

News > Relive History in One of these Houston Lofts

published on 2016-05-23

Houston has more historic lofts than any city in Texas. By taking a page from the SOHO playbook in New York City, Houston's authentic loft movement in the late twentieth century not only preserved the city's deep-rooted historic culture; it likewise added a cool lifestyle to the emerging urban mix. Historic lofts are nothing short of smart planning. Between fusing the façade and interior elements of landmark buildings with luxurious new finishes, you can purchase a storied piece of Houston history along with a loft filled with elegance and style. Franklin Lofts and Bayou Lofts are great examples of historic lofts in Houston. Both are located near Buffalo Bayou in the Historic District downtown, which is also an eclectic blend of old and new. In addition to period architecture, the area is an urban tapestry of live music and events at Market Square Park as well as a plethora of sidewalk eateries, bars, coffee shops and boutiques that capture the neighborhood vibe.

Franklin Lofts

When the eight-story Franklin Loft building was constructed in 1904, it was touted as the first skyscraper in Houston and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Known as the Lomas and Nettleton Building, it underwent an addition in 1925, and in 1995, the building converted to 62 luxury lofts on the top six floors and retail on the two lower levels. Loft interiors here morph original brick walls, hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings, exposed ductwork and mammoth windows with sweeping open space and contemporary finishes including chic bathrooms and gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Bayou Lofts

Imagine living in a historic loft in Houston where major transportation decisions were made during The Great Depression, World War I and World War II. That’s what you get at Bayou Lofts. The building was developed in 1910 and housed the headquarters for Southern Pacific Railroad for 85 years. In late 1997, new owners reconfigured the locomotive nerve center into 108 lavish lofts that integrate 11-to-18-foot ceilings, exposed exterior brick walls and original hardwood floors with drywall, tile hallways, granite slab kitchen counters and lush finishes galore.

Promenade Place Lofts

One of the things that loft buyers may miss is a place to step outdoors.  That's where Promenade Place Lofts step in.  Originally a 1920's warehouse, these historic lofts have the added bonus of a patio or balcony.  Depending upon the unit you'll still get the concrete flooring/ceiling and some of the beautiful brick that make historic lofts great.  Residents can also enjoy a pool and workout room.

Check out what other Historic Lofts are for sale and contact us early because inventory is varied and may come and go quickly.


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