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Ten of Atlanta's top loft conversions, mapped

Old factories and schools across the metro have made for some inimitably cool residences

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In the last few years, the adaptive reuse of buildings across Atlanta has brought character-rich old spaces back to life. All sorts of aging buildings, from factories to schools and churches, have been transformed into places for people to live.

The rental pros at RentCafe combed through a range of residences in repurposed buildings across the city to cull their favorites. We tend to agree with their findings, and 10 of the best are mapped (in alphabetical order) below. Some are rather famous, while others are more obscure.

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1. 1016 Lofts

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1016 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-8877
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This structure was originally constructed as a dairy distribution center (for rural dairy farms) in the 1940s. Redfern Foods, a specialty meat company, operated from the building, taking advantage of the strategic location in the heart of the Miller-Union Stock Yards. After operation ceased in the 1990s, it was purchased by architect Robert Cain who transformed the building into residences. Units feature 10-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and skyline views.

2. Bass Lofts

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1080 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(866) 791-0887
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bass Lofts are creatively crafted apartment homes carved into a 1920's high school. Situated in lively Little Five Points, each loft apartment embraces architectural details respecting the integrity of the former two school buildings, the Classroom Building and the Gymnasium. It incorporates one-of-a-kind floorplans with conveniences found at larger properties including a fitness facility, garden plots, a dog walk, and business center.

3. Canton Mill Lofts

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Located out in Canton, the lofts are far outside the city, but feature amenities and design good enough to make any Atlantan envious. Built as a denim factory in 1924, the building has been transformed into beautiful, contemporary residences complete with expansive living spaces, fresh amenities, and a museum that highlights the property's backstory. Units feature 12-foot tall windows, 18 to 20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, sealed concrete floors, and even spiral staircases.

4. Flats at Ponce City Market

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Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE w209
Atlanta, GA 30308

Built in the 1920s, the building served as a massive store and warehouse for Sears, Roebuck & Co. Sears closed operations in 1989 and the building became City Hall East. After years of work, the mixed-use behemoth Ponce City Market has opened, asserting its prominence as a vital landmark along the Beltline. Units in the building highlight the historic industrial vibe of the former warehouse.

5. Ford Factory Lofts

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Located in what is now the parking lot of 725 Ponce, snuggled up against the Beltline at Ponce de Leon Avenue, the building was originally constructed as an automobile assembly plant for Ford Motor Company. Units feature original details including 13-foot windows and 15-foot ceilings. But with a location just across the Beltline from Ponce City Market, there's really not much reason to even spend much time at home.

6. Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts

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170 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Originally built as the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, this building was one of the first residential adaptive reuses in Atlanta. Located adjacent to Oakland Cemetery, the complex also houses the Stacks Lofts. Units feature massive windows, 18 to 20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, sealed concrete floors, and nifty views of the Atlanta skyline.

7. Lofts at the Muses

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50 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

In the heart of downtown, just north of Five Points, the Lofts at the Muses is a fusion of seven adjoining buildings from the mid-1870s that housed several notable businesses including the Muses Clothing Company. The building facades have been restored to reveal their unique historic characteristics, while inside, the 65 units feature tall ceilings and large windows offering views of Woodruff Park.

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8. Mattress Factory Lofts

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300 M.L.K. Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Formerly the home of the Southern Spring Bedding Company, the Mattress Factory Lofts at the northern end of Grant Park, next to Oakland Cemetery, are a little slice of Atlanta history. Comprised of buildings dating back to 1864, The Mattress Factory not only houses 218 loft residences, but features approximately 125,000 square feet of creative commercial space. Units come with steel frame industrial windows, maple finish cabinetry, pine flooring, cast-iron enamel bath fixtures, and Italian tile.

9. Telephone Factory Lofts

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828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

This former 1930s deco factory constructed by Western Electric was converted in 1996 into 68 unique, authentic, and incomparable loft units suitable for live, work and play. Located in Poncey-Highland, the exposed pipes, open-concept floorplans, and beautiful metal staircases, lend a sense of the space's industrial past.

10. The Roosevelt

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745 Hansell St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

The ornate 1920s school building in the Grant Park Historic District houses apartments in two buildings that originally served as Girls High School and later Roosevelt High School, until 1985.

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1. 1016 Lofts

1016 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This structure was originally constructed as a dairy distribution center (for rural dairy farms) in the 1940s. Redfern Foods, a specialty meat company, operated from the building, taking advantage of the strategic location in the heart of the Miller-Union Stock Yards. After operation ceased in the 1990s, it was purchased by architect Robert Cain who transformed the building into residences. Units feature 10-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and skyline views.

1016 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Bass Lofts

1080 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bass Lofts are creatively crafted apartment homes carved into a 1920's high school. Situated in lively Little Five Points, each loft apartment embraces architectural details respecting the integrity of the former two school buildings, the Classroom Building and the Gymnasium. It incorporates one-of-a-kind floorplans with conveniences found at larger properties including a fitness facility, garden plots, a dog walk, and business center.

1080 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Canton Mill Lofts

Canton, GA 30114

Located out in Canton, the lofts are far outside the city, but feature amenities and design good enough to make any Atlantan envious. Built as a denim factory in 1924, the building has been transformed into beautiful, contemporary residences complete with expansive living spaces, fresh amenities, and a museum that highlights the property's backstory. Units feature 12-foot tall windows, 18 to 20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, sealed concrete floors, and even spiral staircases.

4. Flats at Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE w209, Atlanta, GA 30308

Built in the 1920s, the building served as a massive store and warehouse for Sears, Roebuck & Co. Sears closed operations in 1989 and the building became City Hall East. After years of work, the mixed-use behemoth Ponce City Market has opened, asserting its prominence as a vital landmark along the Beltline. Units in the building highlight the historic industrial vibe of the former warehouse.

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE w209
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. Ford Factory Lofts

Atlanta, GA 30306

Located in what is now the parking lot of 725 Ponce, snuggled up against the Beltline at Ponce de Leon Avenue, the building was originally constructed as an automobile assembly plant for Ford Motor Company. Units feature original details including 13-foot windows and 15-foot ceilings. But with a location just across the Beltline from Ponce City Market, there's really not much reason to even spend much time at home.

6. Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts

170 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Originally built as the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, this building was one of the first residential adaptive reuses in Atlanta. Located adjacent to Oakland Cemetery, the complex also houses the Stacks Lofts. Units feature massive windows, 18 to 20 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, sealed concrete floors, and nifty views of the Atlanta skyline.

170 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Lofts at the Muses

50 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
An advertisement for Lofts at the Muses in Atlanta. There is an interior space and text over it describing the lofts with a welcome message. Live at the Muses

In the heart of downtown, just north of Five Points, the Lofts at the Muses is a fusion of seven adjoining buildings from the mid-1870s that housed several notable businesses including the Muses Clothing Company. The building facades have been restored to reveal their unique historic characteristics, while inside, the 65 units feature tall ceilings and large windows offering views of Woodruff Park.

50 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Mattress Factory Lofts

300 M.L.K. Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Formerly the home of the Southern Spring Bedding Company, the Mattress Factory Lofts at the northern end of Grant Park, next to Oakland Cemetery, are a little slice of Atlanta history. Comprised of buildings dating back to 1864, The Mattress Factory not only houses 218 loft residences, but features approximately 125,000 square feet of creative commercial space. Units come with steel frame industrial windows, maple finish cabinetry, pine flooring, cast-iron enamel bath fixtures, and Italian tile.

300 M.L.K. Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Telephone Factory Lofts

828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This former 1930s deco factory constructed by Western Electric was converted in 1996 into 68 unique, authentic, and incomparable loft units suitable for live, work and play. Located in Poncey-Highland, the exposed pipes, open-concept floorplans, and beautiful metal staircases, lend a sense of the space's industrial past.

828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

10. The Roosevelt

745 Hansell St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The ornate 1920s school building in the Grant Park Historic District houses apartments in two buildings that originally served as Girls High School and later Roosevelt High School, until 1985.

745 Hansell St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312