“Distressed” Jeans & Exposed Duct Work

In fashion, people are known to pay up for “distressed” jeans and other new clothing made to look used.

In real estate, I suppose the equivalent would be leaving duct work, lighting, and other building “plumbing” exposed — features that give modern buildings a “retro” look.

Of course, the reason all those things are exposed in older buildings is that plumbing, electricity, and central heat and air came later.

Whole sections of Manhattan and other, older U.S. cities were built decades (or centuries) before those amenities were available; when they appeared, the easiest way to retrofit buildings was by running conduits in front of (rather than behind) walls, ceilings, etc.

A century later, what was borne of necessity qualifies (in some circles) as trendy.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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