With their open floor plans, soaring ceilings, oversized windows, art-friendly walls, and stylish industrial accents, these five homes—from Chelsea to California, with Texas in between—prove that a loft is often the ultimate urban sanctuary.
Classic Chelsea Loft
This cooperative residence in Chelsea’s 1926 Capitol Building features all the hallmarks of a classic loft. The open-plan great room—which boasts soaring ceilings and an oversized arched bronze window—offers space for living and dining as well as a kitchen with top-tier appliances and a walk-in pantry. Beyond are a peaceful primary suite with a walk-in closet and a bath with a soaking tub and a shower, two guest suites, a den, and an office. The shared rooftop terrace affords an enviable skyline vista.
Modern Living in the Embarcadero
In 1997, the offices, labs, and manufacturing warehouse of the Coffin-Redington Drug Company, a historic national landmark that dates to 1937, were converted into contemporary residences, including this stylish loft, which was further renovated in 2020. It boasts an easy flow; wonderful natural light; rugged surfaces of concrete, walnut, and porcelain; audiovisual, security, climate-control, and soundproofing systems; motorized shades; and custom-outfitted closets. Residents share a sunny south-facing terrace on the penthouse level.
Sleek and Chic Near the Beach
Blocks from the beach in Venice, this sleek, streamlined home is ideal for today’s work-from-home lifestyle or could serve as a gallery or studio. Spanning three levels, it features striking architectural details, including polished concrete and bamboo floors, and offers three bedrooms and baths with high ceilings and custom built-ins, a chef’s kitchen, handsome living and entertaining space, and a two-car garage. The rooftop deck is a private aerie for reveling in panoramas of the city, mountains, and ocean.
In the heart of the desirable Galleria area, this modern one-bedroom pied-à-terre is a restful retreat from the bustling city. Highlights include a double-height living room with hardwood floors, an upper-level bedroom suite with an office or sitting area, a luxurious marble bath with a shower and a jetted tub, and a kitchen with counter seating and stainless-steel appliances. The Empire building offers 24-hour concierge service, a party room, a catering kitchen, a screening room, and a pool.