In February, Dallas Farmers Market debuted its latest evolution and gave Dallas foodies the chance to live where they already eat and play. Harvest Lofts, which offers studio to three-bedroom layouts, is right in the heart of a storied downtown neighborhood and mere steps from the incredible food and shopping of the Dallas Farmers Market.
But what is it actually like to live at a Dallas landmark? Two current residents, Ellie Bond and Michael Veronese, were so taken with the DFM atmosphere that they rented an apartment sight unseen. We asked them to share their experiences of living at Harvest Lofts so far, and the perks sound pretty tasty.
Right at your doorstep
"My favorite thing has definitely been the proximity to all of the great shopping," says Bond. "We are able to do almost all of our shopping in one place, and the best part is that it's all local."
From fresh produce and hard-to-find meats to vegan cheese and gluten-free baked goods, not to mention artisan soaps, artwork, clothing, and gifts, the Market houses pretty much everything you need for day-to-day life and special one-off occasions.
"I don't think a lot of people realize that there is part of the market that's open seven days a week with tons of great places to get lunch or pick up wine," adds Bond. Grabbing groceries is no longer a hassle.
From ongoing events such as Walkabout with a Chef and First Friday to major blow-outs such as ¡Taco Libre! and Boho Market, Dallas Farmers Market has a jam-packed social calendar. Living at Harvest Lofts gives you direct and easy access for when you feel like attending, but still enough privacy and space if you'd prefer to just lay low instead.
"When we feel like getting out of the house and walking around, we can just walk out the front door," says Bond. "There's an accessibility to a social community that we love but we're not forced into. We experienced our first First Friday this past week and it was a really cool date night for us without the of pressure of driving, parking, and deciding where to go."
All that glorious food
In addition to the grab-and-go ingredients that make cooking at home so much more flavorful, there's a food hall with treats that can satisfy any craving.
"We never realized how amazing the food is, but every single restaurant has something great!" says Bond. Dumplings, tacos, macarons, pasta, popcorn, Caribbean, Cajun, locally brewed beer —there's something for every palate, any time.
"We also make a point to spend time walking through The Shed on the weekends and try every single option at least once," adds Bond. With seasons dictating what's for sale, that means there's always a new delicacy or two (or six) to sample.
"We made the decision to rent there [Harvest Lofts] without ever even seeing an apartment," says Bond. "We blindly rented our one-bedroom until our two-bedroom loft is completed, and we are so happy that we did and cannot wait to live there for years."
For more information about Harvest Lofts or to schedule a tour, call 469-445-0720 or visit www.HarvestLofts.com.