For a wannabe loft dweller—and by that I mean a real loft, not a loft-like space—finding such a dwelling isn't so easy when you seek an address in the suburbs. Unless you want to live in a city, genuine loft spaces are near impossible to find.
The old, industrial spaces are naturally found in city areas, populated around the transportation systems, the waterways, the centers of industry. So why, I wonder, don't builders recreate actual loft spaces in suburban areas? If the structures, living style, and architecture are popular, why not reproduce them in non-urban areas?
I know that I, for at least one, would pay to live in a suburban loft. I'm not talking places like The Lofts at Valley Forge or Sharples Works in West Chester, I'm talking an old, industrial building, or a new industrial-looking building, made into VERY spacious loft spaces. Let the owner divide the space; make the renter suffice in the space. Yeah, provide a kitchen and bath, but leave the living areas open, and make them spacious.