Where some see ugly warehouses and blighted spaces left behind by long-forgotten industries, creative builders and developers see open spaces with plenty of room for cool modern residences.
Industrial lofts came into fashion in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood during the 1960s and ’70s, when a glut of deserted factories and a lack of affordable housing converged, giving birth to a new way of living—the loft apartment.
The industrial loft tradition is still alive and well today in cities across the country. We took a look and found seven wonderful warehouse lofts outfitted to impress on the market right now.
Today’s loft living is chic, upscale, and doesn’t skimp on a single creature comfort. These condos feature elements of the building’s original structure married with sleek contemporary finishes, and provide a blank canvas to create something new and personal on a large scale.
Have a look at these seven warehouse lofts for sale right now…
TriBeCa landmark: This over 4,000-square-foot loft is a light-filled contemporary space. Built in 1896 as a bonded warehouse, today the space is expertly laid out. Original cast-iron columns, wood beams, and reclaimed wood walls are just a few of the reminders of the building’s past. Nods to the 21st century, on the other hand, include a media room enclosed in glass and a billiard-room elevated on a raised platform with a custom catwalk.
Monique Lofts: Built in 1913 as an industrial warehouse, this building has been divided into desirable dwellings. This 700-square-foot unit features old-growth timber, exposed beams, brick, wood floors and modern design throughout. A custom bookcase and California Closets are included in the purchase price.
Marshall Wells: This historic warehouse was built over a century ago, and was converted from a warehouse to lofts in the early 2000s. The open floor plan in this one-bedroom unit includes old-growth timber trusses and ductwork, 18-foot high ceilings, and cork flooring, all in a prime location on the streetcar line.
Stand-alone conversion: This 1910 warehouse was converted into a loft with retail space, a rental unit, and separate event and studio space. The building also includes a sky deck with city views, a gated parking lot, two garages, and has been used as a filming location by Tyler Perry, HBO, and “The Vampire Diaries.”
918 Lofts: Owners in this building can walk to Target Field, light rail, and restaurants. This two-bedroom loft was carved from a warehouse built in 1923 and converted into lofts in 2004. Its 1,225 square feet are filled with sleek surfaces, light wood, and reminders—visible in the exposed ducts and concrete—of the building’s less elegant past.
Prairie District Lofts: This beautiful brick building was once a Kodak warehouse, and was converted to lofts in 2007. This unit features west-facing, oversized windows for plenty of natural light, 30-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, and exposed brick. The pet-friendly building also offers an atrium with party space available for rent, a common rooftop deck with grills, and a fitness center.
Barn Lofts: This incredible four-story live-work loft was carved out of a 1906 sugar beet warehouse by the architect Rocky Rockefeller. It features original brick walls, high ceilings, skylights, wide-plank floors, and a private patio on the top floor. The space, which covers 2,500 square feet, was designed for entertaining and sits close to some of the coolest museums and restaurants in the city.
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