Tips for buying an Atlanta loft
Before you invest too much time looking at Intown Atlanta lofts for sale, it’s important to delve into the factors that make the space work with your needs.
For example, when buying an Atlanta loft consider location, ceiling height, natural light, noise and the exterior condition of the building. And whether you want a true loft or a soft loft.
We’ll examine each factors in more detail.
Exposed beams and concrete floors in this industrial Intown Atlanta loft space.
The best location
As with everything real estate, it’s all about location first. A loft building with a great location that works for you is the first priority.
Public transportation, highway access, parking, restaurants and shops, parks and safety are a few important considerations.
But the importance of location doesn’t stop at the doorstep.
It’s important to also look at the loft apartment location within the building. Is it close to an elevator? A long journey to the lobby? Where is your parking spot in relation to the unit? Day-to-day, these things really matter.
A good building
The physical condition of the loft building itself is often overlooked but in fact is just as critical or even more so than the condition of the unit itself.
Older true loft conversions and cheaply built new construction soft lofts can both be high maintenance. And you’ll want to learn about any pending special assessments and building issues early in the process.
To avoid bad buildings, work with an agent that knows the neighborhood and the loft buildings well.
The financial health of the association is just as important as the condition of the building.
Make sure to review the association’s financial statement, declaration, bylaws and minutes of the board before you buy.
Plenty of light
Many of Atlanta’s old warehouses are massive square industrial structures.
For this reason, some Atlanta true loft apartments can be long and narrow stretching out to a set of windows at the end. Thus creating the feeling of living in a tunnel. Not a good feeling.
So when buying an Atlanta loft, end units with windows on two sides are preferred.
Plus, look for “protected” view corridors. Those overlooking a garden where new construction will have a minimal impact.
And a nice view is always a bonus. That said, don’t pay more for it as views in Atlanta can quickly disappear with new construction!
Room for improvement
Finally, it’s always good to buy a loft that has some room for improvement.
For example, can a bedroom be added to better utilize an oversize true loft space?