Ponce City Market Guide: What it’s like to live here
Jo Torrijos—a 29-year-old decorator, stylist, furniture refurbisher, and NYC native—lives in a bright third-floor, 1,030-square-foot lofted corner unit, which also serves as a studio for her business, A Simpler Design. —Kate Abney
Little but luxe
Open shelves and horizontally grained cabinetry punctuate the streamlined kitchen.
While visiting family in Manila, Philippines, Torrijos picked up the painted bamboo tray.
All in the mix
“I love mixing different sizes, colors, textures, and ages of art,” Torrijos says. Her gallery wall includes antiques, maps, posters, and her own work.
The vintage sofa was a $60 find at a thrift store in Peachtree City. “It reminded me of Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows,” she says.
Torrijos rents one of just 17 lofts. Like other units, it includes exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and original steel sash windows, but it also has a lofted second floor.
Torrijos hosts painting classes in the loft; sign up at asimplerdesign.com.
Reproductions of old Sears blueprints and maps line the elevator walls; the residential halls are decked with ads from the old Sears catalogs.
Throughout PCM are mushroom columns placed 20 feet apart. There is only one column missing in the entire building, in an apartment on the ninth-floor west wing; it had been removed to create an oval-shaped office.
Want to live here? Twenty-eight of 259 units were still up for grabs at press time, ranging from $1,497 a month for a 575-square-foot studio to $2,600.
Illustrations by Claire McCracken