Our love affair with loft apartments is as strong now as it was when Andy Warhol hosted legendary parties in his New York loft. Ludgate Lofts is a piece of NYC in Birmingham. The high ceilings, flexible space and exposed brickwork make this the stylish apartment to call home. Ludgate Lofts is an iconic warehouse conversion in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The one bedroom apartment is spacious and achingly cool with a mix of original and modern. The large living space is framed beautifully by the huge glass windows that look out to a private terrace. To have such a tranquil space in the city is a real luxury. We adore the sense of history and the feeling of space at Ludgate Lofts. When you approach the grand, old warehouse you feel part of the city and it's past. The communal areas are perfectly kept. There is a chesterfield sofa in the reception to chill out on while you wait for an Uber cab. Head up the original staircase to the first floor where you find the apartment. The door opens into a corridor with space to dump your bag and hang up your bike. There is a ladder that takes you to a big, high level storage space over the kitchen and bathroom. This is essential for modern living. The previous owners used this space as a guest bedroom.The light, bright and spacious living space is what this apartment is all about. The parties you could host, the movies you will watch and the memories you will make in here will be legendary. Off the living space is the kitchen, perfectly equipped to knock up a Master Chef inspired dinner for two or ideal for re-heating some pizza on a Sunday morning. The bespoke cement work surfaces and white gloss units are chic and durable. It the terrace that is the X-Factor. You can enjoy a drink or a BBQ in the middle of the city. It an oasis away from the busy day to day world. Along the corridor you come to a storage cupboard and a cloakroom. Then you find the well proportioned and stylish bathroom. After a hard day in the city this bathroom will feel like a spa to soak away the stresses and strains. The bedroom is more like a boutique, five star hotel. There is lots of storage and the ceilings are high, however it feels intimate and quiet. The exposed brickwork add that NYC loft feel that is bang on trend. The apartment may be perfect but where is it? It is in the hip Jewellery Quarter, steps away from St Pauls Square and seconds from Ludgate Hill. Sipping on a coffee at the new Upstairs Coffee House you get that nice neighbourhood feel, but just with cool, beautiful people. The loft is a great location for commuting, with the Colmore Business District just over the A38, Snowhill Train Station a stones throw away, and the Aston Expressway at the end of the road. We love the Jewellery Quarter for it's independent vibe and community feel. The 8ft Grocer on Caroline St is open from early until late and Chris provides an excellent selection of locally sourced produce. St Paul's Square is a great open space - we'd recommend a visit to the creepy catacoombs! The great thing about the area is that it is continuing to grow. The opportunities for businesses and homeowners to thrive is ever growing. The area is well connected for commuting, but also enables a work life balance.There is then the bonus of having a car parking space, although you are so close to everything in the city and close to the train station you will hardly use it.Ludgate Lofts is made up of just over 30 converted units, most of which are owner occupied. Everyone gets on very well and people call many of the neighbours friends. Advert 4: The large living space that opens up to the terrace. That is real loft style living.
Our favourite part
The large living space that opens up to the terrace. That is real loft style living.
This city is not second best
Birmingham is hot right now. Businesses, small and very large, are flocking here, creative types are generating a buzz and independent shops, cafes and bars are on every corner. There are more Michelin stars than any other city outside of London and the mighty balti is brilliant. We Love Brum.
We also love a little fact so... Birmingham minister Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774. I suppose the city helping people breathe fresh clean air by having 571 parks totalling over 3,500 hectares of public open space (more than any other European city) and having the largest urban nature reserve in Europe is a pretty fitting tribute to the Mr Priestley. Ahhhh breathe!
Birmingham is enjoying a renaissance and it is easy to see why. There is a great feel to the city, employment is up, Grand Central Station is open and full of shoppers and commuters, the new Metro is nearly fully running and the place is alive with the sound of excitement. We Love Brum.
The Jewellery Quarter is surrounded by historic buildings harking back to an industrial age, there is a neighbourhood feel and a special atmosphere.
We love the Jewellery Quarter for its independent vibe and community feel.
The location of The Jewellery Quarter makes access to the CBD and City Centre quick and easy, with a short walk over the flyover (and a stop at Urban Coffee on Church Street). Conollys and Loki provide a plethora of wine selections and La Cuciana Rustica on Ludgate Hill just up the road serves the best Italian in town (in Mrs C's opinion).
The great thing about the area is that it is continuing to grow. The opportunities for businesses and homeowners to thrive is ever growing. The area is well connected for commuting, but also enables a work life balance.
"Birmingham has a great feel to it. There are loads of cool things to see and do, there is a vibrant community and the people are lovely. We Love Brum."
- Closest village/town: The Jewellery Quarter has a great neighbourhood feel
- Stores: The Bullring & The Mailbox will do some damage to your credit card
- Supermarket: Forget traditional, head to China Town for some great food
- Pubs: A pint at The Queens Head
- Walks: Along the beautiful canals
- Features -- Exposed brick & a parking space.
- Ludgate Lofts 17 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham
- Open plan living space
- Outdoor terrace
- Wooden floors throughout the bedroom and hallways
- High quality bathroom suite
- Refurbished industrial look kitchen with bespoke cement worktop
- High ceilings
- Separate washer/dryer room with further storage
- Integrated wardrobes
- Separate WC
- Hyperopic fibre optic internet connection
- Blue Plaque on building to celebrate the work/life of Rowland Emett, Punch Cartoonist and Inventor
- One allocated car parking space is leased with the loft £107.84 pa
- The property is leasehold, 125 years from the 1st September 1997. The service charge is £1665.28pa, ground rent of £175 pa.