NOW AVAILABLE: Incredible modern loft in historic New Ideal Building 


New Ideal Loft
So many places to gather in this beautiful loft. (Lynlee Hughes)

Written by Ashton Ray

Located in the New Ideal building on 2nd Ave North, this two-bedroom, two bathroom loft is an absolute dream. Officially on the market this Wednesday April 26, realtor Lynlee Hughes is looking for the right person for a unique downtown loft experience.

Historic Birmingham roots

New Ideal Building
The Ideal Department Store, which sold women’s clothing, moved to this buiding in 1935 and changed its name to New Ideal, according to Bham Wiki. (Lynlee Hughes)

Lynlee Hughes believes the intrigue of this space begins with the New Ideal building’s history:

“I have been honored to play a part in the Downtown area’s revitalization over the last decade as we have seen it change tremendously, especially in regards to residential real estate. The New Ideal Building was a landmark for so many and when this historic downtown department store came back to life as residences in 2020, it provided additional excitement, activity, and people into this area of 2nd Avenue North.”

With historic roots in the heart of Downtown Birmingham, this two level, 2,600 square foot condominium has 16-foot ceilings and original, refinished oak floors. The first floor has a custom kitchen with Sub-Zero fridge, spacious living area, built-in wet bar, and space for a large dining table, not to mention the expansive master and guest bedrooms with their adjacent bathrooms.  

The incredible view

Views from the New Ideal Lofts
Views for days. (Lynlee Hughes)

One of the initial wow-factors of the space is the view, and it is one of the key things that attracted the current owners to this unique loft: 

“The massive windows in our unit, looking out onto 2nd Avenue North, allow the energy and heartbeat of the community to become part of your living experience. It’s quite incredible.”

Plenty of natural light

New Ideal Lofts bedroom
These rooms have so much light. (Lynlee Hughes)

The primary bedroom suite and bath are able to maintain significant natural light due to the large custom steel and glass door and room partition that  separates this room from the living space. 

Fun flexible space

Media room in the New Ideal Loft
Next to the media room is an office space. (Lynlee Hughes)

The incredible details don’t stop there. As you follow the spiral stairs into the unit’s second story overlooking the living room, you land in a large flexible space that can have multiple purposes. The existing owners have created a comfortable built-in media room on one side and a great home office on the other, making it the perfect in-home getaway.

Space for entertaining 

New Ideal Lofts
So many spots for entertaining. (Lynlee Hughes)

This downtown loft is also perfect for entertaining. Not only does the large open layout and spaciousness of the home play a huge part, but the balcony off of the living room and the amazing wet bar and kitchen connections to the space, allow this unit to be the perfect spot for a dinner party or pre-concert gathering.  

Location, location, location

New Ideal Lofts
The New Ideal Lofts are so close to everything downtown. (Lynlee Hughes)

Another key feature of this amazing space is the location, which is a feature that the current owners know they are sure to miss:

“The amazing benefit of downtown is how walkable everything is. You can literally walk to Birmingham’s finest restaurants and every sporting event: Barons Baseball, UAB and Stallions Football and Squadron Basketball. Plus, The Lyric and Alabama Theatres are literally steps away… so close we have walked home from the Alabama Theatre during the intermission of a show and been back before the lights went back down.” 

As the number one realtor in the Downtown market since 2018, Lynlee Hughes knows that this loft is truly one of a kind:

“The fact that this loft is located on the Food and Beverage corridor of 2nd Avenue North, puts you right into the middle of the action of downtown. The interior touches the existing owners have made to this loft are so special and they have truly made it a one-of-a-kind loft and I love how it marries modern interior luxury with a historic building all in one awesome location.”

Lynlee Hughes is hosting a happy hour at this loft on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:30-6:30, so please go check it out for yourself! 

Interested in this property? Book a tour today. Contact Lynlee Hughes and stay up to date with her listings on Facebook and Instagram.

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