Lofts are an increasingly popular type of downtown Boston living known for having higher ceilings and unusual layouts and being located in up-and-coming neighborhoods like the Leather District. Though there are many great things about loft living, it’s not for everyone. Here are a few ways to tell if you’re ready to start looking at lofts in the Leather District.

Yet lofts are not for everyone, before you start your Boston real estate home search for Boston lofts, keep the below items in mind

You’re Tired of Living a Rural or Suburban Lifestyle

Almost all lofts are located in the hearts of larger cities. Of course, city living isn’t for everyone, but you might want to consider a loft if you’re tired of long commutes and a lack of entertainment. Since lofts are converted from warehouses, factories, and other buildings, they tend to be in former industrial areas that are very conveniently located. If you want to live right by your work and have access to great restaurants, shops, bars, and parks at any time of day, a loft may be right for you.Check out these Boston lofts for sale

You Have Enough Saved for Down Payments & Condo Fees

Part of any plan to buying Boston real estate is the need to consider the financial aspects. It’s true that lofts are more affordable than most other housing, but they can come with some unexpected fees. Expect to pay for things like joining the building condo association. Lofts don’t qualify for some zero-down-payment home loans, so you’ll also need to make sure you have the down payment ready for your type of desired loan. Until you have the basic required funds, you won’t be ready to buy a loft.

You Need More Space

Think about whether you’re noticing any signs that you need a bigger home, such as constantly tripping over belongings or not being able to easily walk from one room to another. Since lofts tend to have open floor plans, they’re far more spacious than most apartments and studios. These creative housing designs often offer more rooms than typical condos, especially when you consider the second levels that are often installed in taller lofts. When you’re moving on to the next stage of your life and need more room, it’s time to buy a loft.

You Want Something Unique

If  Boston condos for sale that you’re viewing seem boring and bland, you might find that a loft better suits your needs. Since lofts are typically converted from commercial spaces, there’s a lot more flexibility and creativity involved in their designs. You can find lofts with stunning features such as floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and concrete floors. If you tend to gravitate toward eclectic and unique designs, you’re definitely ready to start looking at lofts.

Bottom Line

If you’re ready to buy a loft or view Boston condos for sale, make sure to work with agents who have in-depth knowledge of the area and where to find the downtown Boston real estate that fits your needs perfectly. The experienced professionals at Ford Realty Inc., will guide you through every step of the process as you search for the home of your dreams. Give us a call today at 617-595-3712.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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