Crispin Lofts is one of the city centre’s biggest success stories because just a year after work restarted on a major refurbishment programme to create 82 stunning apartments for the rentals market, the building is now almost fully occupied with just one penthouse remaining.
The pace that the homes have let is definitely a sign of the times in a market with little development activity and huge demand from tenants looking for high quality rental property. When this is combined with a historic building in a great location and smart well-furnished interiors, developer Rushbond’s ‘build to let’ scheme ticks all the boxes.
Standing on the corner of North Street and New York Road, the building had previously sat in a partially developed state for more than 10 years but now work is finished it’s once again a proud landmark building for the city.
Morgans has acted as letting agents on the development and we were always confident that it would strike a chord with tenants looking for a special place to call home and we already have a waiting list from people wanting to move in as and when apartments come available.
The building is full of character and history after originally being built in 1915 as home to Henry Heaton’s Clothing Company and then occupied by HW Poole & Sons Boot and Shoe Manufacturers. Both were distinguished Leeds based businesses and major employers in the city – even today there’s still lots of people in Leeds who worked there.
Somewhat ironically, despite all its history, its traditional features, high ceilings, tall windows and exposed brickwork are ideally suited to modern apartment living. These features have provided fantastic foundations and endless potential to create a unique selection of loft style apartments ranging from studios through to three bedroom triplexes.
Most of the apartments are split level, with mezzanine decks, high ceilings and huge windows which flood the space with light. Nearly every apartment is different to its neighbour and each one is furnished to an exceptional standard to create some very distinctive homes.
To see people living in Crispin Lofts in such a short amount of time is absolutely fantastic, especially when you consider this time two years ago it was little more than a shell. There’s a major shortage of rental properties available in Leeds city centre and hardly any brand new apartments that are finished to such a high standard.
The remaining penthouse is one of just three stunning triplex penthouse apartments and is a completely unique city centre home. It’s furnished to an exceptional standard and offers well over a thousand square feet of prime living space, three double en-suite bedrooms and three roof terraces that all offer spectacular views over the city. It’s generating plenty of interest and it’s undoubtedly one of the most desirable apartments in the North of England.
The development’s success is undoubtedly down to offering distinctive and markedly different homes in which to live; combined with a great location and a strong sense of local community, typified by the fantastic array of shops, bars, eating places and local businesses that support the city’s Northern Quarter.