LOFT LIFE

Posted on 10 Oct 2007 at 12:10am

Urban condos attract alternative types

“Not everyone can live in a loft,” says Shane Meredith. “You have to want to live in one.”


People who live in lofts are more creative “fun, hip people,” Meredith says. And that often means they prefer unconventional accommodations.

Before working for Trinity Lofts on Slocum Street in the Design District, Meredith managed the DP&L Building downtown, and he has always preferred buildings with uncommon amenities. When showing his property, he points out the exposed brick, the ductwork and the concrete flooring.

To some, bare floors might be an eyesore; to those who love lofts, they signal easy upkeep. That’s just part of a loft’s charm.

Lofts are on the cutting edge of urban living, he says. Most downtown units are 700 to 2,000 square feet.

“They just seem bigger because there are no walls,” he says. No walls? Welcome to hipster life.

“Openness and flow,” he says of the appeal of loft life.

“It’s comfortable and casual a low-maintenance lifestyle.”

And what about privacy for the bedroom area? “Get creative. Use dividers,” he says casually.

He finds no drawbacks to downtown living. “I walk everywhere,” he says and lists amenities like Urban Market, a nearby dry cleaner, a liquor store that delivers, an art museum, the Meyerson Center and restaurants.

David Taffet

This article appeared in Defining Homes Magazine on November 9, 2007

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