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3rd Nov 2012 2:40pm | By Jade Bremner
Pockets of our city contain beautiful listed historic warehouses, once functioning factories during the Industrial Revolution.
Not only are these striking buildings still standing, many of them are now über-trendy converted flats.
Any dedicated East London hipster would fight to the death to live within such stylish walls.
Warehouse conversions typically come with high ceilings, enough room to swing several felines, and exposed brick walls.
Residents tend to be creative types – think artists, architects and graphic designers.
Plain and simple – they’re unique. Converted warehouses offer that ‘wow factor’.
Plus, each of these buildings has its own story. Workers could have been crafting anything from matchsticks to shoes inside these very walls.
“They’re typically over 100 years old,” says Poppy Maynerd, lettings manager for Blake Stanley.
“They have high ceilings and big windows.” Maynerd believes its this spaciousness, combined with the quirky style, that has made warehouses so desirable.
They used to be the cheap option, but recently people with cash have discovered the trendy factor and prices have skyrocketed. Now they’re pricier than regular flats or apartments of a similar size.
You’re on a tight budget. While living in a warehouse is only a tad more expensive than a flat or house-share in rental value, the bills can be much higher.
The large living areas cost a lot to heat and their original features are not eco-friendly. “They don’t have the mod-cons most people are used to,”
Maynerd admits. “There’s no under-floor heating and sometimes no gas.”
“They’re usually young professionals, artists, designers and in the music industry,” says New Zealander Mana Elphick-Moon, who lives in a Hackney warehouse.
“They’re looking for something different, not just a normal space.”
Elphick-Moon says she had to fight for her warehouse space – “lots of people were interested” – but believes it was worth it for the community vibe on her block.
She’s held garage sales and – shock, horror – the neighbours actually speak to each other.