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Unique home lures hundreds of curious buyers

Loft-inspired trend in detached houses gains momentum

EMERYVILLE, Calif.– When a unique home hits the market, it can cause a lot of neighborhood buzz, as people line up to see whether they can picture themselves and all their stuff in a living space like no other. One home in Emeryville is doing just that. Architect Mike Hallatt designed a bi-level loft-style home outside of San Francisco and spent nearly three years building it, mostly by himself. He recently put the home up for private sale without a real estate agent and he said he's been having a blast getting to know potential buyers and seeing their reactions to his unique design. "People always say, 'I had a dream about this house,'" he said of the 1,850-square-foot home. From the first glance through the front entrance, it's easy to see why visitors are so intrigued. The Brazilian Cherry floors and hand-milled Douglas Fir posts are enough to make any wood-lover giddy, and the endless possibilities for the open second-floor send the imagination spinning. Lofts no longe...

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