The buzz in Los Angeles Real Estate for the past few years has been “Loft Living”. It’s sexy, artsy and urban. The loft lifestyle is about expressing yourself on a blank canvas of concrete slab floors with exposed ducts and pipes. Living in a reclaimed landmark like the Nabisco biscuit factory, the Eastern Columbia Building, or even L.A.’s first skyscraper, the Pacific Electric Building, can be intoxicating.
A sales manager at the Molino Street Lofts says, “People that are moving here love the authenticity of the building. These are not pseudo lofts with walls.” A distinct type of person buys a loft. They are visionaries who embody the pioneering spirit. Culturally, they are all over the map. Empty nesters, young professionals and transplants are eager to share a common experience for creating new communities with artists, entrepreneurs and creative types.
According to Barbara Thornburg’s book, “L.A. Lofts” (Chronicle Books) the five major neighborhoods include; the Arts District, the Historic Core, Santa Fe Art Colony, the Brewery and South Park.
The Historic Core is located between 3rd and 9th Streets along Main, Broadway and Spring where the famous theatre district meets the glory days of the banking center. There’s also LA Live by the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. With an influx of fashionista students attending the $400 million, two building annex to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, the nearby 40,000 square feet Nokia Plaza creates a hub. One of my Feng Shui loft clients tells me, “There’s fast paced energy downtown. What I like is that I can walk everywhere, from yoga, to the dry cleaners, to class.”
Also in the mix are the Broadway Hollywood Lofts, where film folks are fueling the flames of loft hype at the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine, and where the ghost of Lon Chaney still haunts the bus stop.
For those jumping into the loft game, here are my Feng Shui Tips for creating a cozy oasis of cool comfort (Anita Rosenberg is a certified Feng Shui consultant).
FENG SHUI LOFT TIPS:
1. Grand foyers create a wealthy “wow” feeling.
2. Artfully divide the space for work, entertaining and rest.
3. Sex up your bedroom for romance.
4. Filter out loud city noise with double-paned windows and fountains.
5. The kitchen is the new living room, make it social.
6. Light up long narrow hallways to avoid the cave vibe.
7. Bring nature inside with healthy foliage.
8. Soften cement walls using fabrics and art.
9. Window treatments frame views.
10. Storage and organization are crucial because there is nowhere to hide clutter in a loft.