Artesan Lofts Aurora Apartments | Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you asking yourself, “What is affordable housing for artists?” We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about affordable housing and our apartments for rent, which include details about the Aurora, IL community, our unique and specialized amenities for artists, information about rental applications, and more.

Call us at 630-966-0602 or complete an online form below to learn more about Artesan Lofts’ apartments and all it has to offer.

What Are the Artesan Lofts?

Immersed in art, education, and historical landmarks with convenient access to all the Aurora community has to offer, the Artesan Lofts are 38 new artist-preference apartments adjacent to the Paramount Theatre and directly above the new Paramount School of the Arts in downtown Aurora. Designed with artists in mind, The Artesan offers high quality, contemporary loft style units with plenty of space to practice your craft. Many building amenities, exclusively available to residents, can enhance creativity for any artist.

  • Gallery
  • Movement Room
  • Collaboration Lab
  • Two Music Practice Rooms

Check out more of our amazing amenities and features.

The Artesan Lofts are surrounded by historic and relatively new arts-related organizations and businesses. Our intent is to help support the community’s continuing commitment to the arts and the artists by providing high-quality housing that fits the needs of artists. The Artesan Lofts are intentionally affordable and will remain that way for the long-term, as will its leasing preference for working artists.

Who Manages The Artesan Lofts?

The Artesan Lofts are managed by Realty and Mortgage Company (Phone – 773-989-8000)

Why do you call yourself the Artesan Lofts?

One of Aurora’s strengths is diversity. The growing arts scene in Aurora is young, vibrant and inclusive. Also home to a large Hispanic and bilingual population, we were drawn to the word “Artesano”, the Spanish word for artisan, and created the name of the lofts as a combination of both as our contribution to the inclusive environment that we are providing. The word “Artisan” means skilled craft person, and we see ourselves as architectural artisans; designers of live-work lofts that support and stabilize a variety of crafts persons with the art based community spaces within the building.

Do You Have to Be An Artists to Live at The Artesan Lofts?

No, but the Artesan Lofts do have income restrictions. Anyone who qualifies under the income restrictions may apply, but a leasing preference is provided to applicant head of households who are working artists. No income need be derived from an applicant’s art practice, as many artists also work in other fields to pay the bills. Non-artist family members are welcome. Roommates are welcome, but preferences will be given to roommates where each is a working artist. Learn more about Aurora’s art-centric community along the banks of Fox River.

How does Artesan Lofts Support the Arts Based Community?

Artesan Lofts is helping to intersect community-based arts and commerce opportunities to affordable housing. Along with the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, we help reinforce the strong, culturally diverse neighborhood in downtown Aurora by helping providing artisans with affordable live-work spaces to practice, perfect and create their crafts. Learn more about the growing arts and cultural center in Downtown Aurora.

What is a live-work space?

A space that combines your living quarters and workspace. Artesan Lofts has offers two 2-bedroom, and 36 one-bedroom apartments that allow tenants the opportunity to seamlessly transform from play to work throughout their day and collaborate with like-minded neighbors and community.

How Do You Define Artist?

We understand that artists work within a wide spectrum of creative pursuits. As a result, our definition of artist broadly includes individuals actively engaged in artistic and literary activities, including: visual arts, theater, multi-media, dance, music, writing, design, and functional art, such as furniture making. During the application process evidence of professional commitment will be requested, which can be done through:

  • A resume and/or portfolio that evidences art education, professional training, exhibitions, performances, samples of work, and any career related information that demonstrates professional intent
  • Advanced education and/or training or knowledge of art, or
  • Other evidence of the attainment of special artistic skills as a workman or craftsman.

Artesan Loft’s is now accepting pre-applications, complete a form today and find out if you qualify!

How Much is Rent?

1 Bedroom – $814
2 Bedroom – $966

* Net payable rent will be reduced by a utility allowance applicable to the unit size.

Explore our artist apartments and floor plans through a clickable map.

What Utilities are included?

Tenant is responsible for paying their own gas and electric. However, tenants will also receive a Utility allowance which is a net reduction from your rent payment. The Utility allowance for a 1 Bedroom is $64 ($750 Net Payable) and Utility allowance for a 2 Bedroom is $86 ($880 Net Payable).

Learn more about the unmatchable benefits and amenities for our live-work spaces.

How Much is the Security Deposit?

Artesan Lofts’ apartments charges the equivalent to one month’s rent. Complete your pre-application online today!

Can I Have Roommates? Or I Have Kids, is That Ok? Are There Family Size Limits?

Yes, 1-2 people can live in a one-bedroom unit, 1-4 people can live in a two-bedroom unit.

Keep in mind that income requirements are based on the combined incomes of all household members and there is strict enforcement of residents being listed on the lease. Use our clickable map to learn more about the artist apartments and floor plans.

Can I Have Pets?

Every household can have 1 dog up to 25 pounds or up to two cats. A pet security deposit will be required.

What if I Use Tools and Equipment That Makes Noise?

The property does have restrictions about noise. Quiet time is generally considered between 10pm and 7am. Amplified musical or dance practice is only allowed in the tenant common space and within the stated rules for those spaces. The project has adopted some rules about noise that adheres to the City of Aurora noise ordinance, which states that quiet time is generally designated between 10pm and 7am such that noise may not be heard seventy-five feet beyond the property line of the property from which the sounds originate. Neighbors who may have quiet art forms such as writing may ask you to keep noise down when they are working.

Are All Art Forms Allowed at Artesan Artist Lofts?

Artistic processes that are extremely noisy, require industrial zoning or involve hazardous materials will not be permitted to be conducted in or adjacent to the building. For example, welding, woodworking using power tools, or glass blowing would not be allowed. Amplified musical or dance practice is only allowed in the tenant common space and within the stated rules for those spaces.

How Do I Apply?

There are three steps to the application process for rental of units at Artesan Artist Lofts:  

  1. Initial Pre-Application Submitted Online: In addition to the pre-application, an artist questionnaire is required for each artist within the household. The primary leaseholder must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Tenant Income Verification: Upon receipt of a complete pre-application, the property manager will schedule an interview to verify your household’s financial, rental, credit, and criminal history, which will include completing a Tenant Income Certification form, and full lease application. The Property Manager will screen the information that you provide in this interview. The fee for this screening is $25.00 per adult member of your household. (Must be paid with bank check or money order – no personal checks or cash accepted). However, you will be given the opportunity to address any extenuating circumstances that you believe should be taken into account during this process.
  3. Artist Interview Committee: After your application has been preliminarily approved, you will be interviewed by the Artesan Lofts Interview Committee. You will need to present your portfolio and resume at the interview. The committee members will ask you questions about your commitment to the arts and your interest in becoming a resident of the Artesan Lofts. (A copy of the Artist Interview Questionnaire is below). To assist the committee, it also will review and use the artist questionnaire that you will have completed. The Artist Interview Committee screens applicants to determine participation in, and commitment to, the arts; the committee does not judge the content of an applicant’s artistic work. The artist preference is a permitted preference or a permitted screening criteria pursuant to HUD Handbook 4350.3 2-25, which is subject to federal, state or local preferences.
What is the Artist Interview Committee?

The Artist Interview Committee is drawn from local artists and community organizations as well as 1-2 members of the Property Management team. The process is friendly and informal, but we take it very seriously; we want residents of the Artesan Lofts to be committed artists and good neighbors, and we’re sure you’d want this too. The selection committee does not judge the content or quality of an applicant’s artistic work. 

For more details please contact Artesan Lofts online.

What Questions Will the Artist Interview Committee Ask?

The questions are based on selection criteria and asked of every artist applicant. One is a demonstrated commitment to art. The second is a desire to live in and contribute to a community, both within the building and the broader Aurora community. The following are typical questions that are asked during the interview:      

  1. Please describe your art form and what inspires you to create it.
  2. Please tell us about your educational training and/or professional experience.
  3. Please describe any recent public presentation of your art.
  4. What interests you about living in this artists’ community?
  5. What affect will living in an artists’ community have on you/(your family) and your art?
  6. How will you respond to living in a community that is comprised of people of different races, cultural backgrounds, ability, artistic disciplines, sexual orientation, and beliefs?
  7. What impact do you think you would have on the community? In what way might you contribute to the community?
  8. Please describe any volunteer work you have done or would be interested in doing.
Who Can Live at The Artesan Lofts? Are There Income Restrictions?

The Artesan Lofts are made possible with financing that encourages affordable housing. As a result, the building units are restricted to residents who must fulfill certain income limitation requirements. If you are intending to qualify for an affordable unit, you will be required to provide detailed financial information.       The gross annual income of the applicant family, adjusted for household size, must be less than or equal to 60% of area median income. Gross annual income shall be determined in accordance with Area Median Incomes as designated by the City of Aurora and HUD. The applicant must demonstrate a financial ability to pay his/her monthly rent. Property Management will verify the amount and source of the applicant’s income, assets, and expenses. The credit, criminal and eviction records of the applicant will be obtained through a credit reporting agency, (the service fees payable by the applicant).

Income Limits: The below income guidelines are set for all residents of affordable units. They reflect the current maximum amounts of household income for residents of affordable units and are updated on an annual basis. If your household income exceeds these guidelines, you are not eligible for residence in an affordable unit. It is not possible for us to modify these guidelines. The Artesan Lofts have the legal responsibility to ensure that all affordable unit residents conform to them at time of move-in. Based on your household size, your corresponding gross annual income must be below the following at the time of lease signing. The property manager will review your lease application materials and financially certify your income.

For more details please call us at 630-966-0602, or complete an application online.

Maximum Gross Income Limits

As of May 17, 2018

Household Size Income Limit
1 Person $35,580
2 Persons $40,620
3 Persons $45,720
4 Persons $50,760
Is There A Waiting List?

If an applicant is preliminarily approved and there are no available units, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Two waiting lists will be maintained for the property: one for working artist preference and artist applicants, and the other for non-preference and non-artist applicants. Applicants who complete and return the application materials but who are not contacted for an interview will receive a letter stating that they have been placed on the applicable waiting list and will be informed of their position on such list. Placement on a waiting list will be based on the order in which the completed applications are received by the property manager. If there are qualified preference applicants or qualified artist applicants on a waiting list, those persons will be given preference over any qualified non-preference or non-artist applicant. If there are no qualified preference applicants on a waiting list, applications of qualified non-artist applicants will be processed further on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants claiming a preference will be notified if they are placed on the non-preference waiting list.

Access our application online or call 630-966-0602 for more details. 

How Does My Credit Report Affect My Application?

A. Credit Standing      

  1. Eligible Artesan Lofts applicants must have a satisfactory history of meeting financial obligations, including timely payment of rent. Judgments or a history of late payment of bills or rent may be grounds for non-selection. If management rejects an application based on information in the credit report, the applicant will be provided with the reason(s) for the rejection and given the name of the credit reporting agency that performed the credit check.
  2. In certain circumstances, management’s inability to verify sufficient credit references may be grounds for rejection of an application. Consideration will be given to special circumstances in which credit has not been established for some reason (income, age, marital status, etc.).

B. Information on the Application

  1. If management is unable to verify certain information provided in the application, such as the applicant’s current address, social security number, or previous landlord information, or other qualifying information the applicant will not be approved.
  2. If the application is not fully completed or contains false information, the applicant will not be approved.

C. Personal Reputation or History

  1. Persons who have a history or reputation for disturbance of neighbors, destruction of property or living habits at prior residences which adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, or rights and comfort of other residents will not be approved for occupancy.
  2. Persons who have failed to maintain a stable rental pattern may not be approved for residency. Several moves within a short period of time may indicate a lack of rental stability on the part of the applicant.

D. Drug Abuse and Criminal Activity

  1. A household in which there is reasonable cause to believe that a member is currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs, and whose illegal use or pattern of illegal use of a drug may interfere with the health, safety, and right to peaceful enjoyment of the property by other residents will be denied admission.
  2. A household in which there is reasonable cause to believe that a member has engaged in criminal activity or has been convicted of criminal activity that will adversely affect the reputation of the development or the health, safety or welfare of other residents within the development, will be denied admission.

For more information about our application call 630-966-0602 or view our pre-application form online

Are Units at The Artesan Lofts ADA Compliant?

The Artesan Artist Lofts will not discriminate against applicants or residents because of their disability or the disability of anyone associated with them and from treating persons with disabilities less favorably than others because of their disability. Four (4) units in the building are designed for persons with mobility impairments, as defined in ICC/ANSI 117.1-2003 Section 1002 Accessible Units, and one (1) unit in the building is designed for persons with sensory impairments as defined in ICC/ANSI 117.1-203 Section 1005 Sensory Impaired Units.       Also, we will consider reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, dwellings and/or common areas when such accommodations may be necessary to afford person(s) with disabilities equal opportunity to use and fully enjoy a dwelling. Such requests will be considered on a case by case basis. Reasonable modifications made to dwellings, units and/or common areas will not be charged to the resident but will be borne by management.

Use our interactive floor plan map and check out the accommodations available in each of our units. 

What Documentation is Required to Submit as an Artist?

Each artist member of your household will complete a questionnaire as well as submit a photo of themselves to help us to better understand your needs and expectations with regard to living in an artist live/ work community. Questions are as follows:

  1. Please write an Artist Statement, briefly describing your art form, how long you have been creating, your inspiration and your goals.
  2. Why are you interested in living and participating in this artist live/ work community? What are your expectations? What do you see as your responsibilities?
  3. Have you ever lived in an artist housing situation before? If so, where and what was your main impression and/ or experience?
  4. What is your artist training?

Begin the pre-application process online or call us at 630-966-0602 if you have additional questions.

Where is the parking located for the Artesan Lofts?
  • All residents at the Artesan Lofts will be provided with one parking pass to the City’s “Gold” parking lots / garages and will have unlimited access to these lots.
  • If more than one parking pass is needed, additional passes can be purchased through the City of Aurora here.
  • Please find a map to the Gold parking lots / garages here with the garage on the corner of Downer Place and Stolp Ave. being the closest; about a 2 minute walk to the Artesan Lofts.

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