Originally the industrial revolution and later starving artists have made them possible: elegant city lofts from New York’s Tribeca to Paris’s Trocadéro. After the 19th century’s factories, warehouses, garment and print shops moved out, the artists moved in. They saw the potential of a vast live-work space in the urban environs of SoHo and Tribeca. These pioneers included Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and William de Kooning, and over the next few decades, loft conversion boomed. Then, as now, the quintessential loft apartment is an airy, open-plan space with an industrial-chic aesthetic, wood floors, exposed brick, columns and beams, high ceilings, and monumental windows looking onto cobblestone streets below. Where the bohemians went, their friends and patrons followed.

This classic New York City loft, 534 LaGuardia Place offers 5,000 square feet of living space with 60 linear feet of frontage overlooking LaGuardia Place.

Thus loft living has moved beyond Manhattan and its outer boroughs to urban streetscapes far afield in France, the Netherlands, and Thailand—as this collection of luxury homes gloriously will attest.

luxurydefined, the online magazine by Christie’s International Real Estate presents in a descriptive article eight luxury loft conversions:

Look at these objects in peace and quiet, dream of a luxurious life in the middle of vibrant city districts. Usually dreams are foams in the vernacular, but here the dreams are real; all eight properties are for sale through Christie’s International Real Estate. Wüst-und-Wüst will be happy to help you.