Welcome to San Diego Blog | April 23, 2010

Downtown San Diego Live Work Condos & Lofts

What is a live-work condo or live work loft and where can I find them in Downtown San Diego?  A live/work condo or loft is what is commonly known as a commercial condo.  They come in many shapes and sizes, but usually feature a ground floor store front retail space with a loft or living component above or behind the retail space.  Many of the high-rise and mid-rise buildings have live/work condos and lofts in East Village and Little Italy.

The benefits of these types of properties is that a shop-keeper can essentially live upstairs or in the back residential component and can work in the retail component.  And, even though there are 2 different components, there is only one set of monthly HOA dues.  Another great benefit to a live-work condo is that  an owner could rent each unit out separately if they desire to do so.  It’s almost like a duplex in that the owner could receive double rents on one property.

Downtown San Diego  live – work Condos & Lofts For Sale

In the East Village neighborhood, the following buildings have excellent live work condo opportunities.

Icon San Diego Condos  |  M2i | Fahrenheit | Parkloft  |  Lofts at 777  |  Element  |  Nexus

In Little Italy, the following buildings offer live/work lofts or condos.

350 West Ash  |  Doma Condos San Diego  |  Village Walk San Diego  |  Palermo San Diego  |   Lusso Lofts  | Bella Via

What type of financing do I need to buy a live/work condo?

One of the best things about live-work lofts is that buyers can use conventional financing to buy them.  Yes, you could potentially secure a 30 year fixed loan around 4% interest on a live work loft in Downtown San Diego.  Parkloft, Fahrenheit, ICON  and Nexus are even FHA and VA Approved.  As an alternative, if there is litigation in any of the buildings we may be able to point you to commercial lenders that will lend on the property if your business has some history.

Are there any Live Work Lofts for Sale?

Live work Loft at Element in East Village with the following characteristics:

  • 1333 sf with approximately 500 sf of retail space. 
  • Includes kitchen, bathroom & washer – dryer.
  • 1 secured underground parking space.
  • 12′ ceiling heights in residential condo
  • Over-sized private exterior patio
  • Area is up and coming with multiple new high rise developments less than 1 block away.
  • Low monthly HOA dues – $555 per month


Another Example of a Live Work property also known as a shop-keeper unit is this one at Village Walk:

Property feature include:

  • 1800 sq ft of total space
  • shop keeper residence (established deli of approximately 600 sf) at street level on India Street which is prime Little Italy real estate.
  • Upstairs town home style 2 level residence occupying 2nd and 3rd floors.  Features approximately 1200 sf with kitchen, living, dining, balcony and half bath on main level and master bedroom & bathroom on upper level.
  • Includes 1 parking
  • HOA dues $504 per month (for both units)
  • Sold in April of 2017 for $900,000 or $500 per sq foot.



This is one of those categories where we really can’t just set a search up so you’ll need to check in with us.  Here are some examples of live work condos we’ve sold in the past:

Fahrenheit Condos – Live Work Space

  • Ground floor live/work loft for sale with approximately 2000 sq ft of space.  This property features retail frontage on 10th avenue.
  • 11′ ceilings
  • Kitchen
  • One Full Bath, One Half Bath
  • 2  Parking Spaces
  • Direct Street Access
  • Private Terrace

For more information, Give us a call: 619-356-3099

Written by: chad

Categories: Buyers, Downtown San Diego, San Diego Real Estate

    • We have one for rent in East Village close to the Ivy Hotel. It is approximately 1250 sq/ft. How much space are you looking for and what type of business will you operate there?

    • Sorry Mo, this one sold shortly after we posted the blog. It was a great investment and of course a cash buyer swooped it up quickly. The sweet deals of 2010-2011 are gone, but there’s still some good buys.

  1. HI there – Looking for work/live space for RENT in East Village downtown area. This would be for an accessories boutique. Does not have to be big. 800sq -1000sqft could work. Let me know if you guys have any listings or pockets for this type of space.

    Many thanks! – Michelle

  2. georgia montague says:

    Hello Chad,

    Checking on availability for livework condos for sale, can you send me what is available with prices, I have someone very interested.
    Thank you

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