Deep Ellum is a Dallas urban neighborhood that sits east of US 75 and approximately a mile from Downtown Dallas.
The history of the neighborhood can be traced back to after the civil war when it was settled by formerly enslaved people and later many European immigrants. It was originally called “Deep Elm” as a reference to Elm Street, but over time, began being referred to as Deep Ellum.
It was one of the city’s first commercial districts with factories by Robert S. Munger (the man who invented the cotton gin) and Henry Ford, who built a plant for his model-T vehicles in 1914.
Today, the neighborhood has over 30 live music venues and many of the old factories and commercial buildings have been converted to living spaces, restaurants, and breweries.
Let’s get started on our list of the best apartments in Deep Ellum. I ranked the best apartments based on the Google reviews at the time of making this video. Let me know in the comments if you agree with the list and if you live in any of these buildings.
#5 Deep Ellum Lofts
Coming in at number 5 on our list is Deep Ellum Lofts with a 4.1 rating on Google. This is a complex comprised of 3 buildings The Murray Lofts, Continental Lofts & Ranch Lofts and are spread over 3 blocks.
The units in these buildings feature polished concrete floors and exposed brick for a truly industrial loft feel to feel authentically Deep Ellum.
One recent reviewer said “I love the historic building. The space is super open and the high ceilings make it feel even bigger. Cannot recommend enough!”
These units are all open studios and start at around $1,000 per month. The units come with a washer and dryer hook up but they do not provide a washer and dryer. Alternatively, there is a community laundry facility for residents to use if they choose to not purchase their washer and dryer.
#4 The Hamilton at the Epic
Number 4 on our list is The Hamilton at the Epic, with a 4.2 rating. This 26-story building was built in 2020 and has 310 units.
Amenities include a resort-inspired pool deck with cabanas and lounge seating, a fire pit, and views of downtown Dallas. The building also has services like dry cleaning, package lockers, and a coffee bar.
Residents of this building rave in the reviews about living in the building and the staff. Reviews about poor experiences with the leasing office bring down the overall rating of the building, which I never think is fair.
Studios and one-bedroom apartments in this building start around $1,600, two bedrooms around $2,900, and three bedrooms around $5,800.
#3 The Mitchell Lofts
Next on the list is The Mitchell Lofts located at 3800 Commerce Street.
The building was originally built for the John E. Mitchell Company, which was founded in 1900. The building was used to manufacture a variety of items including car and truck air conditioners, as well as the ICEE soda machine. It even made artillery shells and missiles for the US Navy during World War II.
The company went out of business in 1981 and the building was later renovated in 1999 into 79 loft homes.
Today, lofts in the building rent for between about $1,600 and $2,900. Each of the 5 floorplans has a loft-style layout with design elements including steel beams, exposed brick, polished concrete floors, and concrete or metal countertops, depending on your unit.
The community is pet friendly but expect to pay a $250 pet deposit and $20 monthly pet rent.
#2 The Crosby
With a 4.7 rating on Google, The Crosby comes in at number 2 on our list. One reviewer said, “The Crosby is stunning and in such an incredible location!”
And they are right, the building is nice. It was built in 2019 and has 336 units in its 5 stories.
Beyond the typical luxury features, this building has a 24-hour micro-market – which seems as though it would be super convenient.
Studios in this building start around $1,400, one-bedrooms around $1,500, and, two bedrooms around $2,000.
#1 Novel Deep Ellum
Number one on our list of the best apartments is the Novel Deep Ellum. One of the most fun things about making these videos about apartment buildings is reading the copy on the apartment websites. Everyone reads as though the apartment is going to change the course of your life. I mean, maybe it will. Who knows?
For example, The Novel’s website says: “Together, we’ve formed a vibrant oasis for the offbeat and continue to forge ahead to what’s next.” I mean, sounds amazing.
This building has a great location if you are looking for an urban lifestyle. It has a Walkscore of 83 or “Very Walkable”, a Bike Score of 74 or “Very Bikeable” and a Transit Score of 74 or “Excellent Transit.”
The building has great outdoor spaces including a sky terrace with great views of downtown Dallas.
One-bedroom apartments start at around $1,500 and two-bedroom apartments start at around $2,500 per month.
Well, here is our list of the best apartments in Deep Ellum. Let me know if you think anything should have made the list that didn’t down in the comments. Also, be sure to watch the other videos in this series. See you next time!