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Lofts for Everyone

by Martha Erickson 04/07/2019

Trendy lofts evoke visions of converted warehouses filled with artists and musicians living and working in shared space, forgoing modern conveniences for Bohemian communal living. Modern lofts, however, have more to offer than exposed brick, industrial elevators, and visible pipes. In fact, the term “loft” might appear in marketing for anything from remodeled warehouses to revitalized historic apartment buildings and newly constructed high-rises in urban areas

The appeal of loft living

No one demographic has the corner on loft living. Young professionals look for proximity to work, nightlife, and recreation while empty-nesters want to reduce the requirements for upkeep, yard work, and maintenance. In both urban and smaller community downtown/uptown settings, loft-style housing offers easy access to shopping, medical care, theatres, and public transportation. When the distance from work to home to recreation and nightlife decreases, the opportunity to experience events and socialize with workmates and friends increases.

An advantage of live-work loft-style housing is the sense of camaraderie and shared interests with the other residents.

Choosing a loft style

With the growth in popularity of loft living, actual warehouse and commercial loft conversions cannot meet the demand. Industrial lofts no longer make up the bulk of loft offerings on the market. So-called “soft lofts”—new construction in the style of a converted loft—has all the modern amenities, energy-savings, and conveniences of other newly-built housing that replicates some features and atmosphere of traditional lofts. These newer buildings take advantage of lower cost utilities with energy-efficient windows, insulation, and heating and cooling systems. Many soft-lofts install surfaces made from recycled glass, wood, and plastic or use renewable resources.

Different from the completely open-concept industrial loft space, modern loft models have built-in closets and walled bedrooms but typically offer completely open living spaces, high windows, and even exposed ductwork to give the loft aesthetic.

Another type of “loft” is the revitalized historic building. Sometimes it’s a hotel past its glory days. It could be a former library or office building. Perhaps an aging residential building needed a new life. If living in a bit of history appeals to you, this type of loft should be on your list. Typically, much of the original architectural detail remains including marble columns with decorative capitals, soaring ceilings, marble or hardwood flooring, vintage elevators, leaded glass windows, and sweeping staircases. New to these buildings you’ll find upscale appliances set in gourmet kitchens, upgraded bathrooms, and secure entries. 

To learn about loft conversions or soft-loft buildings available in your area, contact a local real estate expert.

About the Author

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Martha Erickson
Long time Marco Island residents Martha & Roy joined Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty (originally Prudential Florida Realty) in 2001. Roy retired in 2016. Martha continues to be a very active realtor and has marketed condominiums, homes, and homesites throughout Marco Island and Naples. She specializes in Hideaway Beach. Martha’s knowledge of customer relations and services, after many years in retail and advertising, combine to create a positive experience for her customers buying and selling a property. The Erickson Team have been recipients of various awards including Chairman’s Circle Gold, which is awarded to the top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway Agents. BHHS National Honor Society and the President’s Leading Edge Award. Martha has also been named a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent - Best in Client Satisfaction for the past 15 years. You won’t find anyone more qualified than The Erickson Team to help you in the sale of your property. Please consider us if you or someone you know is ready to make a move. Martha is ready to assist you with your Real Estate needs. Martha Erickson, Realtor®, GRI. CRS, SRES Designations: Luxury Home Specialist, Marco Island Specialist, eCertified, Memberships: National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors,.Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Naples Area Board of Realtors Interests: Golf, boating, travel, reading Email: [email protected] Cell phone: 239-272-0912