One of my goals is to live in a modern, downtown apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, for a few years at least. Another housing-related goal? An industrial-style loft. Alright, Craigslist, show me what you’ve got.

$2098 / 1br - 755ft2 - Corner Unit

Numero uno, above. Some ugly laminate flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, bur oh man. That window wall makes me forget the flaws. Corner unit ftw. I’m also a fan of random interior pillars.

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$2475 / 1br - 850ft2 - Loft - Exposed brick - NYC style

Number two is this old apartment. I’d kill for this much character in my home, the brick, the molding, the doors, the windows.... Gaaaah. Definitely out of budget though. Especially with that $200/month garage parking (3 blocks away no less). Oh, and open kitchen cabinets look great in staging photos, but terrible when actually used.

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$2800 / 1br - 716ft2 - Corner One Bedroom Home

This one’s even further out of budget, but again... I’m a sucker for nice windows, and this one has significantly better windows than the first apartment. Plus an awesome view. I’d set up a telescope ASAP and find someone to play chess with, which—yes—is a thing.

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$2000 / 2br - 800ft2 - 2BR/1BA Downtown Kirkland

So this one is neither a high rise or a loft, but... It’s close to the water in the downtown section of the city I already live in. I love this area. I already know all of the traffic patterns! The price is pretty good, likely because.... Shares laundry. Mmmm.... I normally consider that a deal-breaker but maybe that wouldn’t be the end of the world. Fantastic location, ample parking, lots of storage space, uninspired architecture/design.

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$1925 / 1br - 444ft2 - Modern industrial apartments

Real floor-to-ceiling windows, although unfortunately we’re back down into the vinyl window price bracket. An open studio-style layout that I really like. Small, but massive windows go a long way towards making tight spaces work.

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$1865 / 1br - 729ft2 - Apply for This Stunning Apartment & Get The 1st Month FREE! (REDMOND) 

Aaaaand our first loft! Cement floor, high ceilings, ladder, barn door, super easy street-level access, and on the lower end of the price spectrum for this style of home. Something about the overall design looks... Off. This is new building,and on the Eastside, so maybe it just doesn’t have the soul of Seattle’s 50's lofts. Still cool.

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$1950 / 560ft2 - Studio with loft - Brand New Building

And even Bellevue has a few. I like privacy so those lower windows would have blinds covering them, but even so..... That’s a lot of natural light from the tops. Have I mentioned I like lofts?

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$1786 / 1br - 782ft2 - N2252 Awesome Urban 1 Bed Loft Style with Lots of Windows! (Bellevue, WA) 

1 bedroom/2 bath + den + loft could make this the best deal here. By an absolute landslide. Unfortunately the photos don’t really do a good job showing off the upper level, and honestly I can’t make heads or tails of the floor plan. Is the unlabeled top right section the 2nd floor? Where is this second bathroom.

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This would probably be my top choice if I was making a purely logical decision. Close to work. Has a carport and guest parking included in price. Actual rent is a good deal for the area. I just don’t like that window style at all.... The design in general is pretty bland. Why are most of the cool apartments all in Seattle, and $3000+/month?

Oh, bonus floor plan. This is a super common layout in new buildings, and is used predominantly for studios and “open bedroom” studios. I realize that makes it sound like a bad thing, but I actually really like the floor plan!

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Rectangle with an entryway on one of the short sides, and a solid wall of windows on the other. In the above example the kitchen is part of the living room, but just as often you’ll see it alongside the hallway on the right. Bed and bath are on the left of the hallway. So you open the front door and have a clear shot to the end of the apartment!

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Man. If I could do it all over again, I’d have gone to school for something architecture or design related. None of that medical stuff that I ended up disliking. Ah well, maybe someday.

Okay, that was my late-night Oppo contribution. Sharing my internal struggle between hardcore lazyness, and a desire for nice things. Post cool apartments! “loft”, “industrial”, “penthouse”, “floor to ceiling” are all good search terms.