setting up housekeeping in a building where armies of workers once
mass-produced crackers and cookies, or in a former toy factory that was
also designated as a World War II bomb shelter?Some of L.A.'s top trendsetters are doing just that, moving east of the glittering Disney Concert Hall and A-list mecca StaplesCenter to the newly-fashionable warehouse district.Which, due to it's now-fashionable nature, has already been rechristened the Arts District.
Residents are putting down roots in buildings with evocative names like Biscuit Company Lofts (former home of Nabisco), the Barker Block (onetime home of the Barker Brothers furniture company) and the aforementioned Toy FactoryLofts.While
the period architecture has been preserved, inside, there's nary a
trace of these buildings' former lives, as heavy equipment is replaced
by state-of-the-art appliances, polished concrete or gleaming hardwood
floors and thermal windows, often framing views of the L.A. cityskyline.The
Toy Factory Lofts feature a rooftop pool, while the Biscuit Company
Lofts range from single-level, open plan spaces to multi-story
penthouses with private gardens.The Barker Block is a multi-building complex featuring live/work spaces, often on separate levels.There's a floor plan for everyone, from starving artists to wealthy trendsetters.Which should make for an interesting mix at the local cafés.