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San Francisco has a choice of loft styles that can appeal to more buyers than ever before. Loft buyers are attracted by the open space, and use of wood, concrete, brick and other materials to simulate the industrial look. Some lofts have been constructed within a historic building in more of the true loft style, like the Lofts at Cape Horn, built in 1892. Other loft buildings are newer, with builders re-creating a toned down loft style, which some call "soft" lofts. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when looking for a loft:

Am I ok with one big space?

One of the problems of a traditional loft is that the space is open, which doesn't fit the needs of every buyer. But there are some lofts that have been created or retrofitted to solve this objection. For example, the Yerba Buena Lofts and the Ironworks Lofts have the bedroom up a circular stairway, so that it is separate from the living area.

Some of the larger Cape Horn Lofts have several enclosed bedrooms, keeping the loft feel for the main living area but allowing for bedroom get-aways. Even if your loft doesn't have the room separation you wish, with the right layout, you may be able to add room separators for bedrooms and office areas.

Is there enough space to put my stuff?

Another problem with traditional lofts is storage. Many loft buyers are downsizing from a home that perhaps has a garage, and plenty of closet space, room for decorative items and usually a spare bedroom to put that stuff your kids left behind, or that your hobby requires. Lofts, by nature, demand simplicity. However, simplicity doesn't have to mean tossing all your stuff. Some lofts have some wall space built out for closets. And even if your loft doesn't have built-ins, you can add them using furniture - an armoire in the bedroom space, built-in shelving, and under-bed drawers.

Contact me for help in finding the right loft that fits your lifestyle AND your stuff.


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Last Updated: 2024-07-18