Carlsbad Real Estate - Buying a Loft: Make Sure It's What You Want

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The New Lofts at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas - Jeff DowlerThere 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. 

Bluwater Crossing Live-Work Lofts in Carlsbad - Jeff DowlerLofts 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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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Jeff we have three of these complexes here in town.  One was an old factory, and the other two were old schools.  They did a great job with each of these and they have a much different and special look to them, that you do not seem to see in other units. 

Jan 19, 2009 08:41 AM #1
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


There a lot of these projects in Milwaukee and Waukesha County; they turned out pretty cool

Tom Braatz

Jan 19, 2009 09:47 AM #2
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Interesting to see loft living in Carlsbad.  Although loft living does not seem to suit every ones lifestyle, it has been a HUGE trend in larger metropolitan areas. For the young professional, writers & artists these types of spaces can be very inviting.

Jan 19, 2009 11:36 AM #3
Kelly Sibilsky
Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD. - Lake Zurich, IL

I would love to live in a loft! For me, it's the combination of old and new that is exciting. Maybe someday...

Jan 19, 2009 12:40 PM #5
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

As far as I know, we don't have any true, original lofts in our area. Some have been built in the last few years, but those are as you described for your area. They lack the unique feel of a true, urban loft. They're more like a giant studio apartment.

Jan 19, 2009 01:44 PM #6
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