Although they originally dated back to the 1900’s, lofts only became popular as a living space in the late 60’s.
The popularity began in the SoHo district of New York City, and since then everyone who is creative and artistic has wanted one for themselves. Exposed brick, open-spaces and high ceilings are just some of the individual qualities that make these types of properties attractive to buyers. In addition, the driving force for creating loft spaces in different urban areas is positively viewed as it can increase the value of properties in general. Lofts can also help to improve the quality of living for individuals who buy these properties. Many people claim that lofts can evoke a connection with history and timelessness where any imagination can be provoked with the open space a loft provides.
Different to average apartments and condos, lofts offer the availability of living in the city, with wide-open spaces whilst not paying ridiculous prices. Lofts have also been part of the postmodernism movement in architecture in the last decade meaning that the dynamic of living spaces has changed a lot.
There are two forms of lofts; hard lofts and soft lofts. Hard lofts are conversations of older/commercial style buildings that are no longer in use such as schools, churches, warehouses and even factories. They normally include exposed brick and industrial style type windows. Whereas soft lofts are newer buildings that are built incorporated with having the characteristics of a hard loft (such as those above.) These are a lot more popular in built up areas as have a softer edge to them, sometimes having carpets and a more home-style feel.
The benefits of living and working in lofts are endless. Besides it being stylish and chic, lofts have great natural light meaning artists and other creatives love working in that kind of environment. When owning a loft, you have complete control over enclosing the areas that you want without any restrictions or designing it so it is as open-plan as you want. They can also feel extra luxurious unlike other homes and other traditional apartments. With lofts, you get separate entrances and exits which means if it is your workplace, customers don’t have to see every aspect of your working environment – just what you want them too. It’s also an affordable office space for work, great idea if you work from home or don’t want to rent out an expensive office in the city.
There are famous loft buildings all over Vancouver, one of the main ones is the Murchies Building in the heart of Yaletown. The building is newly refurbished with bright, spacious living areas and a large bedroom. These one-beds are all a short walk away from a Choices Market and Starbucks. What makes the Murchies building so unique is that all the lofts come with fully stocked kitchens and flat screen TV’s in the bedroom and living area. Another building that may be able to suit those loft lovers is located at the edge of Gastown and Vancouver’s newest multi-media industrial hub. Koret lofts are fully furnished with many amenities including a dishwasher, microwave and even a maid service. A good thing about the Koret lofts on offer is that they are in the heart of the city’s best bars, restaurants and shops. It’s the space every creative needs.
The Metropolis building is an art deco style high-rise in Yaletown. Almost all the 28 level suites in this beauty are 2 level lofts which are all stylish and modern. Located in Downtown and Yaletown Vancouver these Vancouver lofts are unique in their own way as they come fully furnished with amenities for its residents such as an exercise centre on the ground floor. It’s just minutes away from Emery Barnes city park making it perfect for those who love city life in Vancouver. Like this is the McMaster building (previously a warehouse/office building) these unique lofts offer modern, sophisticated living for all those wanting to live in the Townline area. Air conditioning and stainless-steel Miele appliances make these lofts irresistible to anyone who visits. The 2007 building has everything you would need from a contemporary build with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and lots of storage lockers.
We at Dream Living, have many lofts like these beautiful buildings that are available to buy right now from as little as $548,000. From condos in Downtown to lofts in the heart of Vancouver. Here are some of the amazing deals we have right now;
408 1549 Kitchener Street ($688,000) has 2 beds and 1 bath. There is a master bedroom loft with a walk-in closet, a flex space, and an open den. This particular suite includes designer colours, maple-wood floors, and antique doors (with the original door knobs). It’s just 2 blocks away from the amazing restaurants, gourmet markets and cafes of Commercial Drive. Read more about this property here.
605 1228 Homer Street ($1,249,000) is a beautiful, bright living space with 2 beds and 1 bath space. The open plan kitchen along with the Jacuzzi bathtub makes this property simply unique. There is more than enough storage and a great outdoor area for entertaining which includes a private balcony. Read more about this property here.
50 133 Keefer Street ($4,688,000) offers a beautiful penthouse with your very own rooftop glass-bottomed pool. The brand-new loft space has a fully-fitted kitchen with Irish white oak hardwood floors and silent electric blinds. It has 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms which makes this one of the biggest, and newest lofts on the market. Read more about this property here.