To live in—and love—this city, is to love its skyline. We may not have the most recognizable one in the world, but like the old song says, “the prettiest place on Earth is Baltimore at night.” We agree, of course. That’s part of why we live here. Our densely-packed cityscape is full of unique architecture and buildings that hearken back to some of the golden moments of American history. And when their windows light up at night, it’s certainly something to behold. Our rich legacy as a place where immense amounts of goods were produced and shipped is written all over this town.
From Station North’s grand old warehouses to the mills of Hampden and Woodberry, these buildings stand as vivid reminders of Baltimore’s industrial history. But with many of those industries now gone elsewhere, a new kind of living space has sprung up, inspired by the style of these buildings that helped to shape and define our city. Loft living is alive and well here, and becoming more popular all the time. With such fabulous new lofts becoming available all the time, it’s not difficult to see why.
Traditionally, lofts are large spaces with open floor plans in formerly industrial or commercial buildings. Taking up residence in them became popular after the second World War, particularly with artists, and particularly in New York. Many of our most romantic images of the bohemian lifestyle involve loft living. You strut around your wood floors, look out your oversized windows to the city below, turn around to see your guests lifting wine glasses and draping themselves over furniture that’s unconstrained by notions of the “living room” and the “dining room” and the “studio.” In a loft, it was all one—life, work, and play. Of course, back then, the price of loft living was often a hefty dose of squalor. Residents often went without private bathrooms, or even without heat. Today’s version affords quite a few more luxuries, as well as (of course) those basics.
Now, loft living doesn’t have to only be for those looking to nestle their painting studio up against their kitchen counter. The high ceilings and open floor plan of lofts has long appealed to many outside of bohemia. The flexibility of a loft-style space allows for total customization on your part, so you can make the layout of your living space truly work for you. Beyond that, for anyone who loves to entertain, you simply can’t get better than loft living. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering of dinner guests, or a grand fete (and we hope you’ll invite us), a loft is sure to dazzle your guests, while making your job as host as easy as pie. So much accessible space, and so much flexibility puts absolutely everyone—even a busy host—at ease. Of course, for this kind of thing you’ll want granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, and, oh, maybe rooftop access for a little barbecuing. Right?
While all of this may sound like a pipe dream—or at least like it’s all too much for one apartment to be able to offer—we assure you, it is not. Baltimore’s loft living scene has gotten quite a bit more modern and luxurious lately, and you can still get in on it. Two loft buildings that exemplify all that modern loft living can offer are 1901 South Charles and 101 Ellwood. Just a few of the amenities the buildings offer include a 24-hour fitness center, a yoga and Wii room, parking in an indoor, multistory garage, and access to a large resident’s club and courtyard. And of course, that’s just the stuff that’s not in your personal apartment. While the floor plans of course vary, any apartment in these buildings comes with high end cabinetry throughout and the sort of brand new, super-chic stainless steel appliances you’d expect in a fantasy living situation. What does remain from the earlier days of loft living is the emphasis on large windows, with abundant natural light, and gorgeous hardwood floors.
And while of course, we’re not here to judge how you spend your Friday nights, both locations offer easy access to some of Baltimore’s best cultural offerings. Whether you’re looking for a late night painting the town red, or an evening split between one of the city’s hottest restaurants and some great theater—you needn’t go far. These lofts offer the chance to live all the romance, while taking in all of the luxury.
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