Lofty Aspirations in Downtown Los Angeles

Sam and I looked at lofts with our realtor, Robert Carey at Sotheby’s (whom I’d highly recommend, having worked with him for years), in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. I’ve always wanted to live in a loft, ever since I saw Sigourney Weaver’s place in that creepy movie, Copycat, with Harry Connick, Jr. Prior to that, I had this whole Dan Tana fantasy about a motorized garage door and driving right into the living space. Okay, I’ll have to forgo the drive-in thing, but the lofty aspirations still remain.

Fantasy aside, Sam and I think we might have too much house, especially given our current mode of paring down. Pine Crest has a living room, den, three bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, mudroom, and 1.25 bathrooms, at a total of just over 1,600 square feet. Of these 9.25 rooms, we use 4.25 of them 90% of the time. We have a generous front yard, and an enormous back yard, especially by L.A. standards. It’s big enough to have a sizable pool, which we’d probably never add, for a number of reasons.

We looked at a few lofts in the 1,100 square foot range, that would give us a mortgage about 2/3 that of the one we currently carry. That’s the first perk. Then there’s the fact that the space is new, and not begging for refurbishment. Then there’s the in-building gym. Then there’s the pool on the roof.

I’ve included pictures just so you can get a feel. If you need more, check out barkerblock.com. We’d be keen to hear your feedback.


3 Responses to “Lofty Aspirations in Downtown Los Angeles”

  1. 1 dit
    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I heard there are some great places offering some good deals right now. Hope you find one that says “ahh, I am home.”

  2. 2 Curry Mendes
    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Okay .. how weird.. i was there this weekend also.. at the Barker.. they have a huge sale on right now.. though i am not looking to buy until January 2009. As i have a one year lease presently in a loft downtown. I needed to land and figure out what the hell i would be doing here.. Anyway… i love the Barker.. but it also depends on the lifestyle you are seeking. When we talk i can tell you some pros and cons of different areas.. as i have been obsessed with learning about it all. I will email you this week..

  3. 3 Jesse
    Monday, April 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I lived in the Textile Building on Maple and 8th. This was to “try living in a LOFT Downtown LA”. Bad idea on that side of town. To far from Everything. I loved the Loft, but did not like the location. Advice: Make sure you are in a great location near Flower Street.

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