For Sale/Rent

On the Market: A Cozy Loft-Style Condo in Portland

Skylights and exposed brick embellish these cool downtown digs.


Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

537 Congress St. #510, Portland, ME
Price: $695,000
Size: 1,936 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 2

Live in a beautiful brick building smack in the middle of downtown Portland? Don’t mind if we do. Rare for a commercial construction, the Queen Anne Victorian design landed the J.B. Brown Memorial Block on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the now-condo complex, many exposed brick walls are not only a nice reminder of that historical value, but they make the space feel trendy and lived-in all at once.

Containing just shy of 2,000 square feet, the condo manages to spread across three levels. The first floor starts with a massive living room, where you can cozy up in front of the gas fireplace, framed by several built-in shelves. Overhead, a skylight lets sunshine pour into the room, making it a versatile space for hanging out day and night. Through a set of brick archways, the kitchen is similarly modern and skylit, with black granite counters and a stainless steel backsplash. One bathroom and a narrow office also live on the first floor, the latter of which is situated right next to the spiral staircase that takes you upstairs.

The full bath on the second level features glass block accents and gorgeous wooden beams that are original to the building. Down the hall is a bright bedroom that looks over a cable railing into the living area below, while a few steps above is another lofted bedroom with a double closet and pair of skylights. It’s a unit that lends itself to adaptability, so use the levels however you please—there’s really no going wrong with a foundation of exposed brick and bundles of natural light.

For information, contact Sarah Hipple, Keller Williams Realty, kw.com.

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

Photo by Shannon Whitmore/Whitmore Photographers

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