Five high-end homes for hipsters

From a Berlin flat near the world’s coolest club to a Brooklyn loft with a live-work space

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Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, UK, £2.2m

Where On Great Eastern Street in east London, a short walk from the City and 20 miles from Heathrow airport.

What A one-bedroom loft apartment with a roof terrace and more than 2,030 sq ft of interior living space. The flat has been sympathetically converted from a feather merchant’s warehouse, which was built in the 1880s. The property features a huge open-plan living space with sizeable kitchen, sitting and dining areas.

Why The flat — which is in the heart of Shoreditch, the epicentre of London’s hipster scene — has an urban, industrial style, with stripped wooden floors, iron columns and exposed wooden beams and brickwork.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 207 480 6848


197 Clifton Place, Brooklyn, New York, US, $4.99m

Where Between Franklin and Bedford avenues in the Clinton Hill neighbourhood of Brooklyn, four miles from Lower Manhattan and nine miles from JFK airport.

What A converted commercial building with a workspace on the ground floor and two loft apartments above (one with two bedrooms, the other with one bedroom). The flats have an open-plan design with raw concrete walls, exposed wooden floors and original tin ceilings.

Why As well as having the ultimate hipster accessory: a live-work space (at present leased as a yoga studio), the apartment is close to trendy Williamsburg.

Who Corcoran, corcoran.com, tel: +1 212 539 4982


Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain, €1.26m

Where Near Avenue de Jaume III, one of central Palma’s most lively shopping areas, a few minutes’ walk from the port and 11km from Palma de Mallorca international airport.

What A three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse apartment with more than 230 sq metres of interior living space. The apartment has an airy, loft-like feel, with a double-height living area, wooden floors and exposed beams.

Why The apartment is in the centre of Palma, which has undergone a hipster revolution of late with the arrival of a diverse culinary scene, including new food markets, Peruvian street food stalls and Japanese fusion restaurants.

Who Engel & Völkers, engelvoelkers.com, tel: +34 971 21 41 40


Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany, €595,000

Where In the borough of Prenzlauer Berg, 3km from the city centre and 9km from Berlin-Tegel international airport.

What A one-bedroom, 149 sq metre apartment on the top floor of a building constructed in 1900. The apartment has an open-plan layout with a double-height ceiling.

Why The loft is a short drive from Berghain, a techno club in a former power plant that is often described as the coolest club in the world.

Who Engel & Völkers, engelvoelkers.com, tel: +49 3020 3780


Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, R3.2m ($263,000)

Where In the Refinery Building on Owl Street, near the University of Johannesburg campus, 27km from Johannesburg international airport.

What A two-bedroom apartment with 350 sq metres of interior living space, with 24-hour security, a balcony and a mezzanine level laid out as a games room.

Why While central Johannesburg still suffers from high crime levels, the area has a flourishing art scene plus bars specialising in craft beers.

Who Marcus Baptista Properties, marcusbaptistaproperties.co.za, tel: +27 82 336 7664

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