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Is a Live-Work Space Right for You?

by Robert & Nancy Lindeman 02/06/2019

During a location search for a new home, you may have come across the term “live-work” in the descriptions of potential living spaces, even when those spaces differ widely from one another. While many buildings market themselves as live-work, the definition for just what that means can vary from building to building.

Some examples of such buildings include:

  • A building that is primarily residential but has no restrictions on working from home. This might be any type of residential building or neighborhood including condominiums, townhouses, flats and single-family dwellings.
  • Or, it might be a storefront that allows for walk-in customers or clients, and public parking access, with an adjacent living space above or in the rear of the property. These live-work spaces more commonly resemble historic family-run markets or bodegas.
  • Other live-work spaces are zoned for more hazardous or commercial activity. These can include artists’ lofts, recording studios, and other creative spaces.
  • Some locations are part of urban renewal or gentrification efforts to make residential use of a former industrial area. Allowing residents and businesses to co-exist in such facilities can bring a vibrant vibe to a formerly decaying area. Living spaces surround joint workspaces and common areas.Each different type of live-work housing opportunity has different zoning and residential restrictions and regulations and may or may not have access to residential services such as nearby schools, parks, libraries or grocery stores.

Why choose a live-work space?

Originally made popular by artists’ communities, the live-work concept gave creative people a place to work, with a built-in support community. Some urban areas even have protective zones for artists that impose conditions and restrictions meant to keep the housing affordable for the artist community.Another group to which the live-work concept appeals are entrepreneurs looking for incubators for brainstorming. The concept is that living close to their workspace doesn’t interrupt the flow of ideas that could contribute to their next start-up.

Finally, employees that telecommute or work virtually often look for properties with access to commercial high-speed Internet not available in regular residential area. Because they spend their days working alone, having other telecommuters nearby to gather and share life with keeps them encouraged and connected to a community.

Some live-work residents like being near to other entrepreneurs whose services and products are complementary to facilitate collaboration on mutual projects.

Will it work for you?

Live-work spaces in warehouse conversions and lofts may be near functioning factories, railroad tracks or other noisy industries. Some people thrive on the noise and energy of an active area or busy shared spaces. Others like to step out their doorway to automatic social opportunities. If your needs include quiet space or low levels of background noise, however, this type of live-work space may not be for you.

Before you dive in, spend time meeting your potential neighbors, to get a feel for living and working there.

About the Author

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Robert & Nancy Lindeman

Robert and Nancy Lindeman have over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and have been top producers for many years.

They pride themselves on providing a highly individualized approach to each client's needs, including a strong presence on the Internet. Weekly blogs about the Sarasota Lifestyle provide a wealth of information to their clients. Social networking has enhanced their marketing efforts and has resulted in a new source of buyers and sellers.

They are currently living the Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle and have sold many downtown condominiums as well as properties on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, in many golf course communities, and in the greater Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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Our experience with Bob and Nancy has been great. They are both SRQ "realty savvy" and a really nice couple, who genuinely care about your situation and interests

Guy & Nancy,

Nancy and Bob Lindeman have been friends and realtors for over the past 14 years during which time we have purchased three and sold four properties, they have been very professional and responsive throughout the period. We wouldn't use anyone else in Sarasota market

George and Charlotte,

Julie and I wanted to drop you this note to express our appreciation to you for your wonderful help and support with the purchase and sale of our old home. It was great to have your support in planning the sale and then in taking care of those pesky things that need to be taken care of to satisfy the buyer. The guidance you gave during the purchase of our condo at the Vue, helped to make us comfortable. You helped make our dreams come true.

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Bob and Nancy Lindeman were fantastic to work with when selling our condo. They are a team and communication during the selling process was excellent. Nancy and Bob prepared brochures and a video tour of our condo that displayed it in the most attractive way. what was most impressive was the manner in which the internet listing was devised! Any search for a condo in downtown Sarasota would produce our condo in the results and it was most likely to first item. Many thanks for the creativity and work that Bob and Nancy put into a sale

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