One of the hottest trends in Kansas City apartments is the loft. Lofts are uniquely urban residences, rarely seen outside a big city. In Kansas City, they are scattered throughout many parts of the downtown area, including the Garment District and the Crossroads/Freight District.
Loft apartments here are unique because many are located in renovated warehouse or factory buildings rather than in brand-new high-rises. This reflects the origin of loft living, when struggling artists moved into abandoned New York City warehouses and created combination living/working spaces.
Whether a refurbished or new space, a loft usually has several distinctive features: high ceilings, large windows, columns, brick walls, concrete floors, and open spaces.
The advantages of loft living center around location: lively neighborhoods with easy access to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, as well as a strong sense of community. Up-and-coming historic neighborhoods usually serve this purpose quite nicely and tend to draw the type of residents that prefer loft living.
Kansas City lofts vary in size from studios to two-bedroom units and can be more expensive than traditional apartments.