There seems to be a certain cache about lofts these days, and they are gaining in popularity out here in the Carlsbad real estate market and in other So Cal communities, especially urban areas.
Having come from the Northeast, I was used to the idea of lofts, which have been around for a while. Lofts there are generally converted industrial buildings of one sort of another - manufacturing facilities, mills, factories, etc. - and they were usually in fairly urban settings.
Open spaces (no doors or even walls), high ceilings, exposed pipes, beams and brick, and large windows are typical. As they grew more popular, builders began to build new buildings in a loft-style, although they never quite capture the feeling of a true urban loft.
Lofts are getting popular here now. Work-Live lofts are becoming commonplace as part of the New Urbanism movement, and a convenient way for folks to combine working and living space, and save commuting time (and carbon footprints). Oceanside has them in the heart of downtown on the Coast Highway, as does Carlsbad (the Bluwater Crossing condominiums being built adjacent to the Poinsettia Train Station on Avenida Encinas), and Encinitas (in Leucadia and the new Lofts at Moonlight Beach). Keep in mind these are all new developments, not converted space.
NOTE: Pricing has not been set for the Bluwater Crossing community but should be soon. I will post the information once I have it.
Don't be fooled by the use of the word "loft," if that is the style you really want, since many of the homes I have seen are really just upscale/high tech and contemporary spaces with lots of light, but not true lofts. And perhaps that doesn't matter unless you are a purist. Some offer very open living, dining and kitchen space, but not true openness found in the classic loft. And that may suit your style.
On the other hand, be sure a loft, with open space, no doors, and other similar characteristics of the classic urban lofts, is really what you want.
- Will it fit your lifestyle, especially if you have children?
- It may sound really cool, but can you live there?
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