ABOUT THE Oak School Lofts

One-bedroom units combine the best of old and new. The original chalk-boards remain -albeit painted over to blend with the rest of the decor – complete with chalk rails. The original maple floors have been refinished and buffed to shine. Also intact – two original glass-doored bookshelves in each unit. The aprtment’s layouts were actually designed around the bookshelves, so that one functions as bathroom storage, while another provides storage in the bedroom’s huge walk-in closet.

Aside from the massive windows that span from the ceiling to the floor – originally designed to light the classrooms in lieu of electricity – the remaining features in each unit are totally contemporary. Kitchens have clean, modern maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances including dishwashers, and islands with granite countertops. Each of the open-concept living rooms contains a gas fireplace and – get this – a 32-inch plasma screen TV. And the bedroom is separated from the rest of the unit by giant, floor-to-ceiling green glass pocket doors – which help maintain the units’ bright, open and airy feel. Most of the building consists of one-bedroom units – each of which rent for $795 – but there are also some two-bedroom units available for $895. And if you’re looking for something a little different, the third floor units offer two-story living, with wrought-iron spiral staircases connecting kitchen, bedroom and living space on the first floor to an additional bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. These two-bedroom, two-bathroom units rent for $975.

*content by Jennifer Rung originally published in Buffalo Rising Magazine