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March 02, 2008
The Loft Culture. From Seattle to Columbus

Jeffrey Place Loft buyer, Brady Konya, talks about why he chose to call Jeffrey Place home.       

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Brady Konya moved to Columbus from Seattle this summer. He was feeling a bit disheartened about leaving his ultra-modern Seattle loft behind- until he found the Loft building at Jeffrey Place. The Lofts felt like home and as Konya prepares to move in next month he's  still raving about why.

"We fell in love immediately with the sensibility of the modern design," Konya said.

Read more about future resident Brady Konya and the "loft culture" below.

Konya purchased his Seattle loft, located in the 12th Avenue District, in 2000 before the urban neighborhood was completely transformed from blight to bright, vibrant downtown district. He was a pioneer in the neighborhood and the loft he bought was one of the first development projects in the area.

"Seattle didn't have models for this at the time," he said. "It was a mixed-use project that got a lot of attention because at the time it was still a very transitional neighborhood."

Much like Jeffrey Place, the development was a purist vision of how to bring back an urban neighborhood. Small local businesses, a lack of big chains, and commercial spaces that complimented the residential essence were brought together to create a vibrant urban community.

"Like my neighborhood in Seattle, Jeffrey Place is introducing a new edge to what has been, in some sense, a transitional neighborhood," Konya said. "It's exciting to see Jeffrey Place come up in Italian Village and become a conduit between the Short North and something that's a little more progressive, a little more urban."

Konya shopped other urban condos in Columbus before deciding on the Lofts at Jeffrey Place. Other products in the Columbus market were intriguing, he said, but the uniqueness of the Loft's industrial design and the neighborhood planning at Jeffrey Place really resonated with him.

"Columbus is going through an urban renewal," said Konya. "We shopped a lot when we first came here, but the Loft building has all the fundamentals for a great investment, and the fundamentals for a great community."

Konya is also very aware of what the Lofts at Jeffrey Place will mean to what he's dubbed the "loft culture."

"Loft people are fanatics about it, absolute fanatics." Konya explained. "To walk in and fall in love with the view and be able to micro customize from a very early stage was a huge factor in our decision to buy at Jeffrey Place."

Konya is excited to see a project in Columbus that is so similar to the successful experiment of eight years ago in his home city of Seattle. And the Jeffrey Place community is happy to welcome Konya home.

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