Loft Living

By Lauren St. John
Photography by Anne Matheis


Downtown St. Louis has developed into one of the most vibrant, trendy neighborhoods in the region, and for good reason. Delicious grub is found at restaurants on nearly every corner. Soaking up the action and cheering on local sports teams is easy, as they are practically playing in your backyard. A postcard view of the Arch and city skyline can be seen for miles. Award-winning architecture and exciting attractions are only a short bike ride or walk away.

The demand for living in the cultural and economic hub of the city has been steadily rising, and so has the number of masterfully designed loft and apartment buildings. The innovative start-up scene and bustling nightlife has captivated the attention of young professionals and creative entrepreneurs, while empty-nesters and families are flocking to the area to experience the non-stop activity and diversity firsthand. This booming housing trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, as local retail shops, restaurants and the lively entertainment scene are all quickly expanding to keep up. Whether you’re rooting on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, finding the best barbeque spot or checking out the recent revitalization of the Arch Grounds, the lively area offers something for everyone.   

The list of loft and apartment options is extensive. Each space boasting unique character that stems from the history and architecture of the building, and amenities to seamlessly fit with any personal style, budget and wish list. Some lofts have been transformed from longstanding structures into luxurious living spaces with rustic, industrial vibes like the P.W. Shoe Loft Apartments and Alexander Lofts on Locust Street, and Linen Lofts and Arcade Apartments on Olive. Washington Avenue, a busy street full of quaint restaurants and live street music, is a prominent location for imaginative spaces like the GW Loft Apartments, Bogen & Ventana Lofts and Merchandise Mart. Park East Towers Condos on Laclede Avenue and West End Lofts on Forest Park Avenue are also popular among those making the move downtown.

Other buildings have been built from the ground up, captivating residents with contemporary charm. The Central West End, known for its high-end shopping and divine dining experiences, has numerous upscale lofts and apartments that exude a modern ambiance like 4545 Lindell and the Chase Park Plaza.

You have the world at your doorstep when you live in a loft or apartment in the heart of St. Louis. Check out for more information on spots to visit, events being hosted and places to live in downtown St. Louis.