Chicago. This live-work loft lies in the West Loop. The 5,500-square-foot, three-bedroom space features exposed beams, movable walls, and hardwood floors.

Additional details include a chef's kitchen, a fireplace, and parking for one car. $1,250,000. Sophia Klopas, Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, (312) 927-0334.


Oakland. This penthouse loft is in the Cathedral Building, built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the first Gothic Revival-style building west of the Mississippi River.

The duplex has three bedrooms, a chef's kitchen, and a vaulted ceiling. A custom staircase leads to a large, raw concrete space and a private roof deck with a 360-degree view of Oakland. $1,499,000. Bill Charman, Gimme Shelter/Top Agent Network, (510) 220-0776.


Staunton, Virginia. This loft was created by combining a pair of two-story commercial buildings. The residence features high ceilings, custom millwork, built-in book shelves, and an elevator.

The building includes a rooftop room and deck as well as leased commercial space on the ground floor. $995,000. Peter Wiley, Franky Hardy, Inc., Realtors, (434) 422-2090.


New York City. This full-floor, two-bedroom loft is in a landmarked, six-story Italianate-style building built in 1868. Details include cast-iron columns, mahogany bookshelves, maple hardwood floors, and a media room.

The master bedroom has his-and-her closets and a teak-walled bathroom with heated floors. $3,850,000. Slim M. Hanja, Brown Harris Stevens, (917) 743-6786.


St. Louis. This 9,000-square-foot penthouse is in a former horse-drawn carriage factory built in 1890. The three-bedroom residence includes wood-beamed ceilings, skylight marble balustrades, a brick fireplace, and a full bar.

The windows provide views of the Gateway Arch and the downtown skyline. $1,100,000. Troy Robertson, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, (314) 249-8240.


Portland, Oregon. Set in a warehouse built in 1910, this three-bedroom loft incorporates many unique materials. The residence features burlap walls, reclaimed barn lumber, resin screens, and a river pebble stone shower.

A large outdoor deck and three parking spots are included with the apartment. $1,250,000. Suzann Baricevic Murphy, Where, Inc., (503) 292-6907.


Los Angeles. This "Steal of the Week" is a one-bedroom, open-planned loft located downtown in a former hotel that Charlie Chaplin lived in. The interior of the residence features concrete pillars, a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and Italian cabinets. Additional amenities include glazed windows, a balcony for a potted garden, and unobstructed east-facing views. $459,000. Jovelle Schaffer, Sotheby's International Realty, (213) 718-1110.

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