How to Find a Loft for Rent

Lofts are often characterized by open, brightly lit space.
Lofts are often characterized by open, brightly lit space. (Image: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Individual loft apartments are largely restricted to downtown or warehouse districts in large metropolitan areas. In many if not most cases, the spaces they occupy have been converted from their original intended uses. The discovery of the availability of a loft apartment in such areas may require an extensive amount of research. Alternatively, if you are immovably determined to live in a loft, you might be forced to let go of your choice of geographic location. Many planned apartment communities, however, also include loft apartments.

Drive around the area in which you wish to live and note any buildings that interest you. Write down the addresses.

Read the classified ads in local newspapers and on Craigslist.

Place your own "Loft apartment wanted" ad in local newspapers' classified ads and on Craigslist.

Call a real estate company and inquire about available loft apartments or loft space that might be livable. Request that your name be placed on a waiting list for future vacancies.

Collect real estate magazines from racks in the entryways of grocery stores and scour the listings for loft apartments.

Check with businesses that occupy buildings with loft space.

Scan bulletin boards for loft rental advertisements.

Network. Use word of mouth to spread your interest in finding a loft for rent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't allow yourself to become desperate. Rent by the month until the loft rental of your dreams becomes available.
  • Make sure that your current furniture is suitable for a loft. Most lofts have a very modern design.
  • Find out if the loft you rent has a parking facility or if you will have to battle it out on the street for a parking space.

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