Downtown Dallas Apartments for Rent
Downtown Dallas apartments are in high demand and that interest has been growing since revitalization of the area started in the late 1990s. Back then, forward-thinking developers realized more people would want to be moving to the urban core of Dallas and began the process of transformation that continues to this day. It turned a sleepy downtown area that practically rolled up the sidewalks at 5 p.m. into the vibrant, walkable metropolitan hub you see today.
According to Downtown Dallas Inc., we have just surpassed the 10,000 resident mark in downtown Dallas, an area bounded by Woodall Rogers to the north, Interstate 30 to the south, Interstate 75 to the east, and Interstate 35 to the west. Several exciting neighborhoods lay outside those boundaries, like the Cedars and Deep Ellum, which make for an even larger footprint of “greater downtown.”
There are lots of different options for living in a downtown Dallas apartment, from privately owned condos and lofts, to rented lofts and downtown apartments. The majority of buildings are renovated commercial highrises-turned-lofts with a true urban feel. Think exposed ductwork, polished concrete floors, brick accent walls, vintage tile or hardwoods, walls of windows with great views, and open floor plans that create a spacious feel inside your home. Many of these renovations have incorporated desirable amenities, like granite countertops in the kitchens, stainless steel appliances, garden tubs, walk-in closets and marble in the bathrooms. Prices for renting lofts vary from around $800 per month for a smaller space that’s more like a studio to over $3,000 a month for a large penthouse to rent.
If you’re looking to buy a property in downtown Dallas, you’ve got lots of options, many of which are quite affordable with lower HOA dues. Lofts and condos start in the $200K range and go all the way up to millions of dollars in some exclusive buildings. Many people work, live and play in downtown Dallas, so it’s no surprise real estate is getting snapped up there. As Dallas continues to grow our city center, you’ll see more and more downtown apartments and lofts being built and renovated. This is an area where property values are rising, which makes it a promising location to buy.
Transportation in downtown is easy, with the DART Light Rail system and busses. There are stops all over the greater downtown Dallas area. With these options, you can easily get around downtown Dallas and quickly arrive in locations like Uptown, Midtown, Mockingbird Station, the Dallas suburbs, or DFW International Airport. Downtown is a highly walkable area, with everything residents need close to home, from grocery stores and shopping, to restaurants and entertainment.
There are almost a dozen historic buildings in downtown Dallas converted for residential living and rentals. These places have a real sense of the history of the city, many of them built at the turn of the last century and renovated to be modern and cool with a vintage vibe. We only represent the best apartment communities, and some of our favorites include:
DP&L Flats — Dallas, Power & Light Building
This Art Deco downtown Dallas building is 18 stories tall, built in 1931 with a black marble base, and a brick-and-terra cotta trim façade. It claims the distinction of being the first electrically welded building west of the Mississippi River, and housed the Dallas Power & Light Company, later Texas Utilities, for years, before being vacated. The property was renovated and opened again for residential tenants in 2005, located at the corner of Commerce and Browder streets in the Main Street District.
Today, there are 158 DP&L Flats and residents enjoy amenities like 12,000-square-foot roof garden with awesome city skyline views, a resort-style pool and hot tub, and 24-hour fitness center. Inside the apartments, you’ll find polished concrete or Terrazzo floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and full-size washer-dryer hookups.
The Kirby Residences on Main
This is one of the prettiest buildings in downtown Dallas, built in 1913 by beer magnate Adolphus Busch to partner with his nearby Adolphus Hotel. It has a Late Gothic-Style tower and was known for many years as the Busch Building. This 17-story skyscraper in the Main Street District of downtown Dallas is located at the corner of Main and N. Akard streets. The building was abandoned in the 1980s and sat vacant for many years before being renovated and reopened in 2011.
Today, apartments at the Kirby offer nine-foot ceilings, oversized windows with killer views, and a full-size washer and dryer in all apartments. Building amenities include a clubhouse, resident concierge, rooftop pool and spa with seating, a fitness center, and a coffee bar with free Wi-Fi.
South Side on Lamar
South Side on Lamar is located in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown Dallas. The building was originally a Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue Merchandise Center. It sat vacant for many years before being bought and redeveloped; it opened for tenants in 2001.
South Side on Lamar is large, with 457 loft apartments and retail on the ground floor. Renters can choose from more than 100 floor plans and building amenities include a rooftop pool with deck and grill areas, a large movie theater room with comfy seats, a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, party room, billiards room, and concierge services for residents.
The Wilson Building
The iconic Wilson Building was built in 1904 to house the Titche-Goettinger Department Store in the basement and on the first two levels; the upper levels had offices for local businesses. This 12-story building is modeled after the Palais Garnier in Paris, France, and was remodeled in 2008 for downtown apartment living. It is located at the corner of Main and S. Ervay streets in the Main Street District.
Today, the Wilson Building is home to 135 downtown lofts with exposed ductwork and ceilings, high ceilings, oversized windows, and walk-in closets. Residents love the original features still in their lofts, like vintage doors, many still with their glass panels, and original wood, concrete, and mosaic flooring. The Wilson has a ton of character and charms. Building amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, front desk concierge, and a rooftop deck with fabulous views and misting fans, and access to the Mercantile Place pool deck and amenities nearby.
The buildings above are all in the Main Street District. Another hot spot to consider is the Dallas Arts District, which is the largest walkable art district in the United States. Here, you’ll find Museum Tower on one end and One Arts Plaza on the other. Museum Tower is a luxury residential building with 115 units and a stunning contemporary look. At One Arts Plaza, you’ll find residential living, as well as retail and restaurants on the ground floor, and commercial space above. There are also multiple mid-rises for rent in the area. Living in the Dallas Arts District means walking to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Winspear Opera House, and more.
No mention of the Dallas Arts District would be complete without talking about Klyde Warren Park. With four or five activities every weekday and even more weekend activities, anytime is a good one to visit. This 5.2-acre deck urban oasis is built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. It’s a true wonder that has created green space “out of thin air,” connecting Uptown with the Dallas Arts District and downtown. With sustainable landscaping and a design that creates different “rooms” throughout, Klyde Warren is a vibrant and active space. They’re open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and even have free public Wi-Fi.
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