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Bricks to downtown

Posted February 19, 2014 in Community Featured, Downtown
Frank, Amy and Frankie Pagano and their dog left their Beaverdale brick home for the excitement of a Brown Camp loft.

Frank, Amy and Frankie Pagano and their dog left their Beaverdale brick home for the excitement of a Brown Camp loft.

Since June 2005, the Pagano family has called Brown Camp Lofts home. Frank, April and Frankie moved from a “Beaverdale brick” to this amazing loft by accident.

In 2005, downtown started to surge and Frank says the family wanted to be a part of it — well, as landlords at first. Frank says they were looking for a property to rent out when their real estate agent showed them a unique loft designed by “Traditional Home” magazine, well above their price range. He says they liked it so much they made an offer on the spot and rented out their Beaverdale house instead.

At 100 Market St., Brown Camp Lofts is near Principal Park, the Principal Riverwalk and several restaurants. Brown Camp Lofts was one of the first conversions to lofts that started 2001. The original building was a warehouse for Brown-Camp Hardware store, which was later Younker’s Department Store.

Frank says the home’s character is important to the Paganos, and when “Traditional Home” designed the space, it didn’t miss a detail. With 15-foot wooden ceilings, block walls, a commercial kitchen and huge windows that let in a lot of natural light, their space is one of a kind.

Their home has one bedroom, but the homeowner’s association owns and maintains two rental lofts, which allows tenants of Brown Camp to rent space for guests. So, when company arrives from out of town, the Pagano family can set them up in their own, fully-furnished loft. Frank says this allows their family to host, rather than sending visitors to a hotel and gives everybody a little privacy.

Brown Camp was the perfect location for the Pagano family. They are close enough to the Court Avenue district to walk to their favorite nightlife destinations, but far enough away they aren’t bothered by the action.

Frank says the family enjoys Saturday mornings during the farmers market, patio bars in the spring and summer and the Principal Riverwalk. From black tie events to zombie walks, there is always something happening in the neighborhood that keeps the family busy.

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