Biscuit Co. Lofts set a fine stage for authentic loft living in the Arts District
There's a reason why Biscuit Co. Lofts continues to be one of the buzziest addresses in the Art District, and these lofts live up to the building's reputation for being full of spacious, industrial chic backdrops for staging one's perfect urban environment.
Two lofts that recently sold in the building -- #511, a 2 bd/2ba/1,670 sq.ft. that sold for $1.598M ($1,048/sq.ft.) and #204, a 1 bd/2ba/1,180 sq.ft. that traded at $1.249M ($1,034 /sq.ft.) -- show how the interiors' expansive windows, high ceilings, and industrial warehouse underpinnings create the edgy yet airy vibe that's attracted so many celebs, Hollywood filmmakers, directors and actors who are among its residents.
Inside #511, the huge windows and exposed brick walls are truly the stars of this corner unit, and many people often think of light-filed, expansive spaces like these when they say they want to live in a loft in LA. I love the interplay of textures between the wooden floors, rough brick, and bank of smooth stainless steel appliances and storage.
I'm also a big fan of the unexpected step down into the sleeping area that creates a sense of separation and intimacy.
I do think I may have advised my client to consider putting in black steel framework (with beautiful custom drapes) to enclose the bedrooms, as seen below (...and maybe paint the window frames black + install black roller shades for practicality and to finish with that Ryan Korban-esque graphic touch?):
I think the accents of black would have been chic, no?
Looking at #204, the high ceilings, crosswork of structural beams and the apartment's abundance of right angles and intersecting planes throughout create a sense of orderly, geometric drama in this roughly 1,200 sq. ft. one-bedroom unit.
Wrapping a prominent column with floating shelves and storage transformed a potential structural drawback into a visual focal point of the space while offering a smart, practical solution for displaying books and collections.
I too would have placed a floating seating group in the center of the space, anchored by a large rug. This versatile setup helps ground the space, adds texture and warmth to the apartment, conveys a sense of functional separation within an open layout, and provides easy access to central, comfy places to crash on from all directions.
The inset in the dividing wall is a nice touch -- perfect for hanging a flatscreen for #Netflixandchill nights!
Admittedly, the rather tight confines of the bedroom area in the current pictured configuration would take some initial adjustment for me personally, but I think that over time I'd come to relish its cozy, cocooning effect -- especially on days I'd want to sleep in.
Biscuit Co. Lofts (the former home of Nabisco) has been at the center the revitalization of the Arts District neighborhood itself, along with a constellation of other in-demand loft developments (including Barker Block, Toy Factory and Molino Lofts) clustered nearby. With more loft projects under construction or planned for the area, a highly-anticipated SoHo House location expected to open a few steps away, a growing retail scene and companies like Spotify announcing its plans to move its headquarters to At Mateo, the Arts District is poised to become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, especially for frequent travelers and bicoastal residents who have a soft spot for true loft living.
There's an undeniable energy and excitement around this area that seems to be intensifying, reminiscent of what happened when NYC's Meatpacking district became THE neighborhood for the hip downtown crowd in the late 90's, early aughts.
I say, BRING IT ON!