It’s hard to imagine a setting more serene or a loft lifestyle more archetypal than a converted factory on the banks of a leafy East End canal. From early morning coffee to sunset over the water, it’s a royally unruffled urban existence and a retreat from the daily grind.
This particular loft provides exactly that utopian dream: 1720ft2 of proper industrial space sitting on the banks of the Limehouse Cut and carved from a floor of the former Spratt’s Factory, the UK’s first tinned pet food production facility.
Original converted back in the 1990s, the apartment has been very recently brought right up to date by the current owner in a refurbishment that delivers some rather nice and unique touches, not least of which the use of old woodwork benches in the bathrooms as basin stands.
Elsewhere it’s a genuine loft in every sense, with high ceilings, big industrial windows (now double glazed), rugged oak floors, grit-blasted brickwork and newly exposed iron columns and beams (inexplicably covered up in the original conversion) painted in a rich velvety purple against an otherwise bright white paint job.
As with all the best spaces, this one has a useful quirk. In anticipation of extended stays from a visiting Australian mother, a kind of studio-within-a-loft was created, giving extra privacy to guests or lodgers (with its own entrance along with kitchen and bathroom facilities) but that can easily function as part of the overall apartment. It’s an ingenious idea that delivers many possibilities for future owners.
The apartment is for sales at £1,225,000 and full details can be viewed here.