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Greg Cummings: San Diego Real Estate Agent

News > Living the Loft Life in San Diego

published on 2014-05-09

San Diego discovered loft living in the 2000's when builders erected one loft building after another, mostly in the downtown area. Developers have realized the potential for loft buildings, with most concentrated in the East Village but some also in Little Italy, the Marina District, and on Cortez Hill.

Lofts aren’t for everyone, but luckily lofts in San Diego come in so many varieties that you'll probably be able to find something that will work for you.  Here are some questions you might consider:

How Separate do I Need my Bedroom?

You'll find many varieties of bedroom layouts while you're looking, so imagine your lifestyle in each.  For example, some lofts at Lofts at Alta have the living area downstairs, and the sleeping area upstairs that looks out to the living area below.  This is definately a plus if you like the open look, but it won't be a good fit if you're trying to get away from the tv your spouse is watching downstairs.

If the idea of a closed-in bedroom area is required, you can can find "hybrid" units  like the lofts at Aloft on Cortez Hill.   You'll also find some smaller Moto Villas, M2i, and Parkloft in the East Village, all feature lofts with two story floorplans.  Moto Villas is known for its cool design and economical price tag including low HOA fees. M2i lofts are housed in a contemporary building between Market Island and feature walls that create bedrooms but still offer traditional high ceilings with exposed concrete and plumbing. Parkloft, a large, brick building reminiscent of a 1920s warehouse, is located outside center field at Petco Park, and are the most spacious lofts offered downtown.

Other possibilities for two-story loft living can be found in the popular, contemporary Doma Lofts with exceptional views of the San Diego Bay and Little Italy. They are, however, rarely for sale. The Lusso Lofts in Little Italy are smaller and more affordable and offer two and three-story vertical lofts.

How many cars do I need to park?

Many cities feature lofts in retrofitted into old commercial buildings. What they're missing is parking. But most lofts in San Diego include underground parking, which is a huge advantage when living downtown.

The Solara Lofts, on the western edge of Cortez Hill, offer two parking spaces for each two-bedroom loft and one for each studio. Live in Palermo, and you’ll have access to three levels of underground parking as well as convenient visitor parking in the parking structure’s ground level.

Are there enough places to store your stuff?

The "open look" that so many buyers love looks be best when you keep furniture to a minimum and hide (or toss) all the clutter.  This becomes an issue most often for our clients that are trying to downsize into a loft from a more spacious townhome or home.  If you are interested in more storage, look for lofts that have pantries, walk in closets in the bedroom, and perhaps a closet in an entry way. Other ways to store stuff: get a bed with drawers underneath, hide things in ottomans and coffee tables, or get an entertainment center with covered storage.

Whether it’s Aloft, perched on top of Cortez Hill in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, or Atria located in the Marina District,  there is are a variety of downtown San Diego lofts in every shape, size, neighborhood, and price range. Contact us today. We’ll show you around the loft districts and help you determine if living the loft life in downtown San Diego is right for you!


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