Loft living comes to Ealing

Warehouse apartments at Orchard Lofts are linked via suspended concrete and glassblock walkways.
From £575,000: for homes at Orchard Lofts, Ealing, where natural light floods the industrial-style atrium, above

Ealing is a top location for those who love the West End and travel regularly from Heathrow. Crossrail will make it even more of a draw by slashing journey times to Bond Street and the airport to under 15 minutes.

While many London areas have experienced big demographic changes in recent years, Ealing has remained largely itself, with a middle-class old guard, an enviable Common and tree-lined spacious streets. Change is in the air, however. Fashionable apartment living has arrived with the Dickens Yard scheme in the town centre, and now lofts are making their debut, too.
Orchard Lofts is a listed warehouse with nine apartments arranged around a restored communal atrium that's suitably industrial in character. A central steel staircase is crowned by a glass canopy allowing light to flood into the space, which also boasts a 19th-century lift wheel and water pump mechanism.

Suspended concrete and glassblock walkways link the upper flats, which have original Crittall windows, exposed brick walls painted white, and steel beams. Some even have cargo doors. Prices from £575,000. Buyers are being offered free Oyster card travel for two years.

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