Since 2013, the Wonder Bread Lofts have boasted Columbus’s most unique and most premier living experience.
These aren’t your normal luxury apartments.
No, the Wonder Bread Lofts are a lot of things, but normal isn’t one of them. Tucked away in Italian Village, this collection of apartments might best be characterized as unexpected. If you’ve ever driven past the former factory’s glowing neon sign at night, you’ll have no doubt wondered what it’s like to live inside this this one-of-a-kind building.
Here’s what to expect from Wonder Bread: the unexpected.
66 Completely Unique Lofts & Apartments
The complete renovation of a factory makes it pretty hard to make every unit exactly the same. Luckily, our vision was never to make turn the Wonder Bread into cookie-cutter apartments. Each Wonder Bread Loft has been organically created around the factory’s original structure. As a result, lofts are completely unique.
Be honest, you’ll probably never live in a factory more than once. When you do, how cool is it to know that you’re living in a place that is built with the history of the factory in mind?
The Wonder Bread Lofts become organically laid out. The original factory blueprints guide design.
You’ve been searching for something one-of-a-kind.
You just found it—right in the middle of the Short North and Italian Village.
History in Every Inch
The Wonder Bread factory is an historical building. It’s placed on the throne of Columbus’s North Fourth Street and, as a result, finds brilliant exposure to all of the city. When Lykens Companies acquired the Wonder Bread factory, there were two clear options: 1. Tear it down and start anew, or 2. Leave it as is: try and find another commercial tenant.
It was time to get creative.
How about a third option? Maintain the historic signage, materials and, most importantly, maintain the building’s essence, all while reinventing the entire thing. This isn’t your average Short North rental.
The Wonder Bread Lofts offer homages to its history everywhere you look. Exposed ductwork is highlighted against the space’s high and rustic ceilings. Throughout the building, we’ve left the factory’s original brickwork on both floors or walls, depending on the unit. This industrial touch provides a unique flavor for residents to consider as they figure out the layout and design of their new home.
At night, the iconic Wonder Bread neon sign glows. The building’s south side features an original ad. In the lobby, stools are made of repurposed wood from the building. Though not in use, Lykens Companies keeps a storage unit elevated above one of Wonder Bread’s outdoor brick patios. Why? Because history and preservation matter to us.
In each and every Wonder Bread unit, residents can feel confident that they are living in a space maintained with care. And, as a bonus, it ends up looking pretty damn cool.
Luxury Materials—Luxury Living
Each Wonder Bread Loft features the highest quality granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. As we stated, each loft features a unique layout. With that in mind, we’ve gone out of our way to optimize each kitchen’s design to have the maximum amount of counter space. With granite like this, your kitchen looks as good as it’s laid out.
On top of that, we complement the counters with mocha-stained maple cabinetry. This pairing is subtle enough to blend in with nearly every decorative style, yet the material quality is so high that it can stand alone. Performance wise, each unit features high-effiency stainless steel kitchen appliances: dishwashers, fridges, and stoves (even full gas ranges for selected units).
We consider the Wonder Bread bathrooms to be spa-quality—think boutique hotel. As mentioned, Lykens Companies has outfitted bathrooms with granite touches. But it doesn’t stop there. Floor to ceiling tile offers modern taste and eye-catching elements, like premium glass shower doors, that bring it all together. Who knew that the best shower of your life would happen inside a retired bread factory?
We’ve talked enough about Wonder Bread. How about hearing from someone who actually lived there?
The Wonder Bread Lofts offer so many more amenities than you’d expect to get in the Short North: easy parking, in-unit washer and dryer, high ceilings, plenty of square footage, and an overall cool vibe. Wonder Bread neighbors are friendly, pet-loving people with tons of positive energy. It’s anything but cookie-cutter. I’d recommend it as the most unique complex in the Short North!
–Joe C., 2017-2018 Resident
A Sense of Community
Wonder Bread Lofts offer more than meets the eye. Great amenities are only so much without great neighbors and a great sense of community. As a resident of Wonder Bread Lofts, you’ll enjoy some of the following:
- City Tavern. This bar and restaurant boasts a skyline view, a great selection of drafts, a delicious menu, trivia, and more. Located in the southeast corner of the factory, it’s a favorite of residents. Take a closer look.
- Multiple patios. Wonder Bread features one rooftop patio with a skyline view on one side and the Italian Village on the other. There isn’t anything else like it in the whole city. Downstairs, residents have access to two private brick patios. Some units feature garage door fronts. In the summer, it’s an amazing experience to open up your loft to the evening air.
- Pet-friendly living. At Wonder Bread, we embrace the importance of welcoming pets into homes. For only a small pet fee, all Wonder Bread lofts can host their beloved animals. With patio access, a nearby dog park, and a great walking neighborhood, we find the Wonder Bread to be great for pets despite its urban setting.
- So much more. But don’t just take our word for it.
Inside Italian Village
Italian Village is rich with history. The neighborhood once centered around the factories therein, like the Wonder Bread itself. Workers lived cheaply and within walking distance of their jobs, evidenced by the neighborhood’s remaining shotgun houses.
Now, the Italian Village has transformed from blue collar into industrial-chic. Its factories are reimagined and revitalized into lofts, food halls, offices, and more. Its garages became coffeeshops and breweries.
The 66 Wonder Bread Lofts find themselves a quick walk away from the forthcoming Budd Dairy Food Hall and the lofts in the renovated EJ Thomas factory. Additionally, some of Columbus’s most popular and established spots are right around the corner. Residents will love Fox in the Snow Café, Seventh Son Brewery, The Market, and many more local favorites.
Our Wonder Bread Lofts fill up fast! They’re some of the most popular apartments and rentals in all of Columbus. If you’re interested in this unique living opportunity, take a look at some of our available units. Become a part of The Wonder Bread’s next chapter!