New York may be notorious for loft living, but California is giving the Big Apple a run for its money. As buyers set their sights on open, airy floorplans and flexible live-work spaces, luxury lofts are in increasingly high demand—and they’re cropping up in neighborhoods you may least expect. From West Hollywood and Venice Beach to San Francisco, we’ve rounded up some top lofts for sale across the golden state. What do they have in common? In addition to the obvious cool factor, each boasts a prime location moments from the neighborhood’s best offerings, so residents can enjoy a dynamic, urban lifestyle with the comfort and ease of California living.
The quintessential New York-style loft in the heart of L.A., this West Hollywood residence, listed by Billy Rose and Natasha Barrett, boasts a bright, open floor plan, soaring ceilings, polished concrete floors, and a roll-up patio door that opens to a large, private terrace. While its Big Apple-esque interiors might suggest Prince or Bleeker Street in SoHo, the loft is in the heart of Melrose Place, with some of the city’s best shopping and dining just a stone’s throw away—from the Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and APC boutiques to neighborhood eateries Fig & Olive, Lucques, and Taste. On slow Sunday mornings, you can saunter over to Alfred for a coffee, get your sweat on at Playlist Yoga, or checkout the new Nordstrom Local, a service-oriented offshoot of the eponymous department store.
The ultimate SF loft, this voluminous, 14th-floor residence boasts sweeping city and ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows, soaring ceilings, and high-end finishes that elevate loft living to luxurious heights. Represented by Rachel Swann, the three-bedroom home enjoys custom upgrades—such as custom closets and an in-residence washer/dryer—along with an amenity-rich living experience, including a pool, clubroom, business center, theater, and gym. Just moments to UCSF, the AT&T Ballpark, downtown, and the hip shops and cafes of Mission Bay, it boasts the perfect blend of space and sophistication within close proximity to some of SF’s most desirable offerings.
You can’t get more hip—or happening—than Venice. This gated, contemporary live-work loft, listed by Michael Grady and David Findley, boasts a coveted location moments from Abbot Kinney, Main Street, and the beach, with a sleek, open floor plan, towering ceilings and polished concrete floors throughout. An impressive chef’s kitchen touts Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances, while a spacious living room with a private balcony makes for effortless entertaining. An open second level overlooks the living space below, holding a flexible bedroom or media room, and generous master bedroom, with a rooftop deck poised for taking in L.A.’s iconic, palm tree-studded sunsets.
Designed by internationally renowned David Baker Architects and listed by Michelle Long, this airy SF loft is part of the award-winning 18th + Arkansas/g2 Lofts project, a collection of residences—plus an art gallery and experimental live theater—sited on a formerly abandoned railroad track. The top-floor, bi-level home’s thoughtful design elements, which include soaring ceilings, a light-filled, open floor plan, and two private decks, make it the perfect work-from-home space. Its proximity to public transit and SF’s diverse cultural offerings is ideal for urban dwellers commuting downtown or south to tech jobs.
Set against a stunning backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, this boutique collection of contemporary, loft-inspired townhomes, represented by Paul Lester, Nick Hertz, Michael Perez, and Aileen Comora, boasts a prime West Hollywood location just one block from the Sunset Strip. Open, intelligently-designed residences feature contemporary interiors with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, some with private balconies and patios, others with rooftop terraces showcasing sweeping, panoramic views from the Hollywood Hills to Century City and Downtown L.A.
Located in the heart of Marina Del Rey, this modern penthouse residence showcases exquisite, 180-degree views of the Queen’s Necklace from towering, two-story walls of glass. Listed by David Solomon and Anna Solomon, the fully furnished home features voluminous, open living spaces, an updated kitchen and bathrooms, and spacious master suite. A large, flexible loft area overlooking the main level is ideal for a third bedroom, office, or media room. Located in the Marina City Club, residents enjoy an array of amenities, including three pools, multiple tennis courts, a gym, restaurant, room service and more, making this one of the premier loft-dwelling experiences on L.A.’s Westside.