Repurposed warehouse offers stylish apartments and a neighborhood all its own
Over a year ago, Janet Roman found herself completely on her own for the first time in decades.
After a major life change and with a son in college, she was in search of a new place to live after 20 years in a single-family home in East Lampeter Township.
Roman was open to moving downtown, but she knew little about what was available and was nervous about living alone as a single woman.
Then a friend suggested she check out Steeple View Lofts, a charmingly repurposed 125-year-old tobacco warehouse at 118 N. Water St.
The industrial chic 55-plus Landis Communities residence features 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments on three floors.
Since signing her lease in September 2017, Roman has discovered that Steeple View Lofts is not only a place to live, but a community to call home.
“It’s a blessing and a miracle,” she says. “This building is incredible.”
Roman’s apartment, like all of those at Steeple View Lofts, embraces the building’s historic past, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and, her personal favorite, oversized “amazing” windows.
“I love my apartment,” she says. “I love the high ceilings. I think when you’re moving from big spaces to an apartment the high ceilings are important. It gives you the feeling of more space.”
And with a spacious storage area above her apartment, she even has room for her 70-plus pairs of shoes.
Roman explored several floor plans at Steeple View before finally settling on an open plan in which the kitchen island overlooks her living area. That way she can fully enjoy her passion for cooking without ever missing a beat when friends and family are visiting.
“I’m a foodie. I feed the people in the building all the time,” she says.
As if to prove her point, a bundt cake with chocolate ganache sits invitingly under a glass cake stand on the island, just waiting to be shared.
And it surely will be. Because, for Roman, what makes the building incredible is far more than simply its brick-and-mortar charm.
Residents of Steeple View Lofts come from all parts of the country and all walks of life, creating a wonderful dynamic, says Roman, herself a New York City native. And although many of them were once homeowners in more traditional neighborhoods, they don’t feel as if they’ve sacrificed anything in the move.
Steeple View Lofts, she says, is like its own little neighborhood.
“It’s a community. Everybody truly cares about each other,” Roman says. “This place for me, personally, has been my safety net. When I moved in here I felt really welcomed, and that was really important to me.”
Each floor has a common area – two floors have lounges with Wi-Fi, TV and a library, and the 2nd floor has exercise equipment.
In summer, the second-floor deck is a popular gathering spot. “I look forward to coming home and just seeing who’s sitting out there,” Roman says.
This time of year, Roman likes loves to participate in the building’s wonderful holiday brunch with everything from gourmet quiche to mimosas.
In addition to casual get-togethers, there are monthly activities, like a holiday potluck, game nights and an apple party for the first day of fall.
Then there’s the neighborhood right outside the door. Miesse Candies and Ice Cream Parlor and the Friendship Heart Gallery, which showcases the work of artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities, are first-floor tenants of this mixed-use building.
Within walking distance there’s Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, Lancaster Central Market and a host of restaurants, shops and galleries.
And for Roman, it’s an easy commute to her job as a manager at Lancaster General Hospital.
“Just right here there’s so much,” Roman says. “I park my car on Friday when I get home from work, and I don’t see it again till Monday morning.
“I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else.”
Rent at Steeple View Lofts starts at about $1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,600 for a two-bedroom apartment. Parking and appliances are included, and pets are welcome.
One month’s deposit is required. There are no entrance fees, maintenance fees or association fees. Residents are responsible for electricity, cable, phone and internet.
To schedule a tour of Steeple View Lofts, call 717-413-0078 or email email@example.com.