There was once a time when lofts were the province of artists and other bohemian types, but, while that still might be true in Bushwick or Oakland, for the most part lofts have been transformed into a new class of luxury apartment. The sheer space, particularly the high ceilings, are a draw for wealthy buyers looking to upgrade from a formulaic pre-war. The whole loft thing started in downtown NYC, so it's only appropriate that the ultimate loft—this six-story, 30,000-square-foot "loft mansion"—is situated in that city's TriBeCa neighborhood. Consisting of an triplex owner's penthouse with roofdeck, two full-floor rental apartments, a ground floor retail space, and even a half-size basketball court in the basement, the palatial place is listed for $45M. Purists with the same staggering amount of coin to spend on a loft might be wooed by Jon Bon Jovi's 7,400-square-foot penthouse instead.
? Across the continent from New York, this loft in Venice, Calif. is still clinging to an artistic heritage. Not that this place is old—in fact, it was built in 2003—but this is one of "nine separate artist-in-residence lofts" in the "Abbot Kinney artist district." Of course, whichever artist scoops up this colorful apartment and its operable glass wall will have to be able to afford the $1.7M price tag for this two-bed pad.
? We would have expected the capital of hipsterdom, Portland, Ore., would provide some offbeat fodder, but instead its home to one of the most civilized lofts we've seen?anywhere. The two-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot unit enjoys views of Mount Hood, a granite-topped kitchen, and strictly suburban decor. Keeping things offbeat is the wood-fired pizza oven and a leafy outdoor space. This loft is listed for $670K.
? The cultural capital of the Midwest, Chicago caught on quickly to the loft phenomenon, meaning Chicagoans have had plenty of time to perfect the concept. This recent renovation in the 1902 Acorn Loft building is certainly a contender. For $1.4M, the next buyer will enjoy the fruits of a two-year revamp, including exposed brick, a chef's kitchen, a neat private terrace, and a common roof deck with dazzling skyline views.
? This Boston loft also has spectacular views, at least looking out toward the harbor. The interiors aren't so great looking, likely the product of an '80s-era styling job, but the space is impressive in its broad strokes. Painted brick and exposed beams line the walls and ceilings, the master suite features two attached baths, there's a woodburning stove for chilly New England nights, and a spacious private roof deck. Thanks in part to Boston's infamous Big Dig, this place is asking $2.9M, a hell of a lot more than it last sold for in 1989: $485K.
· 144 Duane Street [Prudential Elliman]
· Bon Jovi Wants to Sell $24M SoHo Penthouse for $45M [Curbed NY]
· 513 Victoria Ave [Zillow]
· 7870 SE 13th Ave #405 [Zillow]
· 1017 W Washington Blvd Apt 6H [Realtor.com]
· 343 Commercial Street Unit 606 [Zillow]