Downtown El Paso continues to blossom and fulfill its potential as a fun destination to enjoy a night out on the town, a convenient place to conduct business, and an ideal place to live. Chief Urban Living Evangelists, the Downtown Management District, recently organized a ‘Downtown Living Tour’ comprised of 8 different apartment living solutions spread throughout the heart of the city.
Each apartment complex has its own personality, pros, and cons. Overall, urban living is geared towards young professionals or retirees that are ready for simplified living. Families with multiple children or pets typically can’t find a place with enough space to accommodate their needs in an urban center, but some developers have included 3-bedroom configurations in their projects.
After reading our following breakdown, we invite you to go a visit a few of your favorite choices to experience them firsthand.
Campbell Street Apartments – 501 S. Campbell Street
Construction on the Campbell Street Apartments began in November 2016 and will be completely move-in ready on April 10th. 1, 2, and 3-bedroom floor plans available and each apartment includes its own balcony, a well-equipped kitchen and a stacked washer and dryer. Bathrooms are roomy and floors are laminate wood throughout.
Rent varies by the amount of space you need, and the floor you choose to live on. The uppermost floors have the most desirable views of El Paso’s downtown architecture. Regardless of the configuration you choose, the cost of rent includes water and trash. Amenities include covered parking, trash chutes, and elevators.
Franklin Avenue Apartments – 617 W. Franklin Ave.
The Franklin Street Apartments are a 12-unit complex located in the Historic San Francisco Neighborhood, about a block away from Southwest University Stadium. The apartments are currently under construction as of publishing, but should be available towards the end of May. The most attractive amenity is that the apartments are walking distance from a wealth of entertainment choices, such as baseball games at Southwest University Stadium, live music at ‘Later, Later’ Bar, drinks at Blackbird Cantina Deluxe, and fine arts museums and performance venues.
The apartments will be fully tiled throughout, with granite counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms, sound buffered walls, recessed lighting, and double-paned windows.
Rent prices aren’t fully established, but will run approximately $1.40 per square foot, and apartments range between 647 sq. ft. for a 1-bedroom unit and 1,064 sq. ft. for a 3-bedroom unit. The cost of rent will include one dedicated parking space per unit.
The Mix –518 W. San Antonio Ave.
The Mix is a two story, mixed-use building in the Union Plaza Entertainment District. The building was completely renovated in 2012, at a cost of $1.5 million dollars. There is a total of 15 apartments in the second floor, and at the time of publication, there’s only one available for rent: a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit, costing $1200 a month.
The apartments are sleek and artsy, with a minimalist design aesthetic and wood floors throughout the living spaces. Each tenant is provided with one parking space in a gated parking area with the cost of rent. The trendy living quarters are directly above several retailers and office spaces. Noise levels should be considered, as The Mix is located within the Union Plaza Entertainment District.
Essex Alley – 513 W. San Antonio
Essex Alley is located directly across the street from The Mix, and is slightly closer to the nightlife options within the Union Plaza District. The 100-year-old building was constructed 1917 and was recently fully renovated; the electrical, plumbing, structural features are all completely new. Essex Alley has 13 apartments, most of which are rented out.
At the time of publication, one studio unit is available for $595. The cost of rent includes a 24/7 access card, water utility bill and parking access.
The Savoy – 120 S. Stanton Street
The Savoy Lofts, named after the Hotel Savoy that the 104-year-old building once housed, is nestled in El Centro Shopping District, and celebrated its grand opening on April 7th, 2017. There are 9 lofts available, each with a unique floor plan, highly attractive features like fully equipped kitchens, original hard wood flooring, spacious closets, and a rooftop patio boasting an enviable view of the city. Lofts do not include washers and dryers, however each floor includes a communal washer and dryer.
The Savoy is an affordable housing project professionally managed by TVO Management. There is an income cap of $41,900 for potential tenants, and rents range between $679 and $774 for 542 sq. feet to 760 sq. feet of living space. Tenant pays for their own electric, water, and cable bills.
The Abdou – 115 N. Mesa Street
The historic Abdou Building was built by Trost & Trost Architects in 1909 – 1910, and was originally known as the Rio Grande Valley Bank and Trust Building. The edifice is a unique part of El Paso’s skyline, as it is the only building with an irregular quadrilateral plan with no parallel sides. It was recently acquired by a group of young investors with deep ties in the El Paso Commercial Real Estate market and they are in the process of reinvigorating the building.
Despite the impressive size of this building, there are only 9 units, as the developers chose to convert each floor into its own apartment home. Each 2000 sq. ft. floor will rent for $2500 a month, which will include the cost of water, gas, and internet. Tenant will pay their own electricity bill. Rent also includes one covered parking spot in the Cortez Building located a block away.
The building is pet friendly and will feature an rooftop Astro Turf terrace and a small garden for pets and the community to enjoy once completed.
The Martin Lofts – 217 N. Stanton
The Martin Lofts are impossible to ignore, especially when the sun goes down each evening. The seven-story building is topped by a massive ‘ElectriCity’ LED marquee that continually alternates colors. The sign, an ode to the previous tenants of the building, El Paso Electric Company, is also the sign of things to come; the Martin Lofts are only Phase I to a larger vision of creating a more vibrant Downtown community with more working, retail and entertainment choices.
The Martin Lofts offer one and two bedroom configurations with rents starting at $695. Pets are not allowed. Amenities include keyless entry to the building, elevators, and apartments, fully-equipped kitchens with custom-designed appliances, and an adjacent boutique hotel for friends and family.
Roderick Artspace Lofts – 601 N. Oregon Street
Those living at the Roderick Artspace Lofts are guaranteed to have talented neighbors surrounding them! This unique project is part of a national non-profit organization that creates living and working spaces for artists from all disciplines. Artspace El Paso has 51 units ranging between one bedroom (874 sq. ft.) and three bedrooms (1805 sq. ft.) and rents range between $239 and $722 per month.
There is a considerable application process in place to ensure that each potential tenant meets income guidelines and demonstrates a commitment to the arts. Once a resident, amenities include community spaces for events and exhibitions, refrigerated air, and dehumidifiers in each unit to help preserve artwork and musical instruments.
All units are leased at the time of publication, and there is a one-year wait list. Potential tenants should start the application process now to secure a spot on the ever-growing wait list.
The options for living Downtown are flourishing and will only continue to grow as the energy of our city core continues to develop! As the years go by, more amenities are added to the district that make living, working, and relaxing in Downtown an easy choice. Make sure to stop by one of these fantastic apartment options soon, and see for yourself how making the move to an urban lifestyle can add loads of variety to your life!
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