Lofts converted from old commercial buildings are perfect for renters seeking a unique home with a history. Whether your style leans toward minimalist or shabby chic, the high ceilings, exposed brick walls and factory windows we found in these converted apartments are sure to add character to your urban lifestyle.
San Francisco's Clock Tower Building was built in 1907 and was converted into live/work loft units in 1992. It was the former home of the Schmidt Lithograph Company, known for producing California fruit-crate labels. This spacious one-bedroom, 1.5-bath loft unit has the characteristic high ceilings, concrete columns and factory windows, as well as plenty of built-in storage.
This two-bedroom, 1.5-bath loft was first used as carriage house and then a sewing factory. Today, the bright and airy home has in-unit laundry, interior shutters and a granite-topped breakfast bar. The convenient Boerum Hill location is close to shopping, restaurants and transportation.
The original stained-glass windows and 30-foot ceilings tip off this building's past as the Temple Emanuel. This two-bedroom, one-bath apartment has high ceilings, large windows, and a Walk Score of 100.