“We love living here so much we decided to buy next door”.
Paul and Jenna’s move to a loft in SE1 started just over four years ago when they said goodbye to Elephant and Castle in pursuit of a new lifestyle. They landed in La Gare Apartments – a converted print works in Bankside.
Paul: “All we knew was that we wanted a cool space to reflect the area we were keen on. Our current home is actually the first place we viewed. After some lengthy negotiations, we finally settled in a few months later”.
So is living in a loft in SE1 all they hoped for? “Absolutely, yes, we love the neighbourhood. Restaurants, pubs, parks, a short walk from the river and minutes from three tube stations and Waterloo. Plus there are buses everywhere. It’s more than lived up to expectations”.
Of course, after you’ve lived somewhere for a few years, life catches up to the point where you need more space. But what do you do when you’re emotionally invested in your building and area? In this instance, Lady Luck came to the rescue.
Well, as fortune had it, the adjacent loft landed on the market for sale. “We didn’t need all the square footage that next door offered, but a good portion of it would have come in very handy”, Paul continues. “After consulting an architect, we hatched a plan to buy the neighbouring apartment, split the space and retain half. The remainder would become a cool, mini loft that we could re-sell”.
And the end result is spot on. A smart, split-level, city fringe loft in SE1 with an excellent location that ticks the right boxes as an investment, first-time London home or the perfect central base.
“We tried to capture the essence of loft living”, Paul says. “Lots of volume on the upper floor meant we could keep the mezzanine, and while we didn’t design this to fit in with the new way of living since Covid, we hope it will strike a chord with those looking for a space that allows people to work from home. It’s a great space up there that works perfectly as an office. And when you need a break from sitting at a screen, the residents’ gym downstairs is a welcome distraction”.
The upper floor balances open-plan design well, with the kitchen tucked into a corner. The result is a main living area that feels like a proper loft space, rather than a glorified kitchen-diner.
Any other plus points? Paul: “Oh, yes, the apartment was originally bought with a parking space in the gated area, so that’s included as well.”
So there you have it – a stylish interior, a work-life balance, a central position with excellent transport links, and somewhere to safely park your car. And all this in the heart of one of London’s most desirable and vibrant districts. In short, everything you need from a loft in SE1.
Still need proof that life here is good? Just ask your neighbours: Paul and Jenna aren’t going anywhere.