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live-work homes in Orange County, CA

Live/Work & Loft homes in Orange County, CA

Live/work and loft homes are one of the newest housing trends in Orange County, California. These units may consist of a residence with concrete floors and exposed piping, a home combined with office space, a work room, or main floor retail space, or a mix-used (commercial/residential) building in an older area of OC. With the rise in telecommuting and small business entrepreneurship, many people are choosing to live where they work or reside right above their businesses. Reminiscent of many small, mom-and-pop business residences on the east coast, this a new and growing housing concept in Orange County to help satisfy the growing number of stay-at-home professionals, technicians, artists, designers, and small business people living in the county. Whether it is a loft condo with additional office space or a mixed structure with a residence above and retail space below, live/work homes are the choice for many stay-at-home workers or small retailers. These homes may also have the added benefit of providing additional tax write-offs, as they do provide a home-office or employment space (check with your CPA). 

Anaheim complex

 Live/work homes & lofts for sale


Live/work homes in Ladera Ranch include the Bannister Street and Front Street housing tracts. These units include office space on the ground floor. Though rarely on the market, the Ladera Ranch link below will include any active listings. For the city of Santa Ana, listings include live/work & loft residences in Artist Village, Santiago Street Lofts and City Place, which is across from the Main Place mall. Aliso Viejo includes Vantis Latitude North and Vantis City Walk, urban style condos with ground floor retail space. The city of Anaheim offers Harbor Lofts and Stadium Lofts, communities of loft-style condos, with some units having ground floor work or retail space. Lofts in Newport Beach include Cannery Lofts. The city of Tustin includes Prospect Village, a complex located in historic Old Town Tustin. There are also newer live-work units in Stanton (Capri at Renaissance Plaza) and in Brea, South Brea Lofts and Downtown Collection. LEED Certified Depot Walk Condos are in the heart of Old Towne Orange. There is also a link for one-off, live/work houses in cities such as Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and many other OC areas. More live-work developments will be added as they come up for sale in Orange County. New Just added - Lofts in Long Beach, CA. Some of these live/work lofts are in the historic Walker building or in the Temple Lofts complex. Also, new links for Superior Pointe, Costa Mesa and Circa, in Anaheim.

Aliso Viejo Anaheim Brea Costa Mesa Ladera Ranch Santa Ana Tustin Misc
Vantis-City Walk Harbor loft condos Brea Lofts All live/work Ladera Ranch Santiago Street lofts Prospect Village Custom / one-off units
Stadium loft condos Brickyard  City Place Mixed use  
  Lighthouse Artist Village
Fullerton Orange Long Beach * Other Counties        
Soco Walk Depot Walk Long Beach Lofts  Live/work homes  

Please note: If any of the above links display zero homes, it means there are none currently for sale in that area. There are only a small number of live/work complexes, so if you would like to be kept informed, please contact me. I'll set up an automated e-mail for you that will notify you by e-mail, whenever a new listing comes to the market! 

* Live/work homes in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. 


Orange county loft home

For lease

There are a limited number of live/work units that are available for lease. Use the link below to view some of the current residential/commercial or loft units for lease. If you are interested in leasing in a specific area or housing tract, please contact me. Note: I have been receiving a lot of calls from people inquiring on large work spaces, like 1,000 sq ft or larger. Most live/work homes have modest work areas on the ground level. Many are the size of a 2 car garage, i.e. 200 to 400 sq ft. If you are looking for larger, you may want to look into a commercial space, which I can also help you with .Most cities have commercial business park properties available for lease that include a front office and warehouse with 1,000 sq ft or larger. 

Live/work properties and lofts for lease


The following video is a tour of a live/work loft in City Place, Santa Ana, CA


Types of live/work and loft homes

High-rise loft homes are modeled after the re-purposed industrial lofts that are popular in cities like Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The Orange County version of the loft home can be found in chic, high-rise complexes like Harbor loft condos located in downtown Anaheim. These upper floor units consist of a fully adaptable space with bare, concrete floors and an abundance of windows. Aside from the builder-installed kitchen and bathrooms, each home owner is left to define and configure the remaining space, including the floors, walls, doorways, etc. The "pure" loft home does not include a work or retail space on the ground level.* 

Live/work lofts are the same as above, combined with a ground level retail or work space. The lower "work" section mirrors the loft's industrial feel, with exposed pipes, concrete floors, and a metal staircase separating the units. The whole package is contained in a hip, urban style, high-rise building that may also include amenities like a pool, gym, restaurants, and shopping. Examples of live/work loft homes include Vantis Latitude North and Vantis City Walk in Aliso Viejo, and Prospect Village in Tustin.

Live/work condos in master planned communities are a type of home designed to blend unobtrusively into some of Orange County's planned residential neighborhoods. The structure looks for all appearances like typical town home. The only difference is a street level business space, which can be used for a service or light retail business. An example would be the Bannister Street and Front Street condos in Ladera Ranch.

Mixed use, residential/commercial properties are found in older, non-master planned areas of north and coastal Orange County. These properties consist of a commercial section at street level, combined with a residential section, which may be contained in the same building or in separate structures. Many of the commercial sections are used as retail store fronts or office space, while larger properties may be zoned for light industrial or a service-type businesses (e.g., an auto repair facility).  

* Also see Irvine high-rise luxury lofts and condominiums in the airport area here

Note: These types of homes are difficult to search for, as there is currently no field for "live/work" in the multiple listing service. Most agents list these as "condos" and may add "live/work" or "loft" to the description, I have done my best to pluck out these types of homes form the MLS for the links above, but I cannot guarantee that they are 100% accurate. Keep in mind also, that there are very few live/work complexes, The homes do sell quickly and homes only come on the market occasionally. 


Would you like a floor plan for a live/work home?

Floor plan Floor plans can help you understand the layout of a live/work home. This may help you decide if the home is right for you! I can provide you with floor plans for many of the popular live/work home models..

Please DO NOT request a floor plan if you are an appraiser, if you are not serious about buying or leasing a home, or if you are working with another real estate broker -- Thank you for your understanding!


What is old, is new again! Historically, the concept of living above your store or business was quite common. This type of dwelling is in fact still the norm in many parts of the world. The changing economy and entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County, CA have revived this concept. I'm happy to help you find your prefect live-work or loft home. Call me to schedule a viewing!

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