As Orange County’s first transit-oriented urban development, the Santiago Street Lofts were designed by William Hezmalhalch Architects in 2007 and were built for creatives who want their life and work to fully coincide. Each 1,885-square-foot loft consists of one bedroom and two-and-a-half bathrooms—which are carefully puzzled together over three floors with a close attention to space.
Though Southern California is known for its cultural connection to driving, this development took a stab at encouraging a public transit-based commute by placing it a block away from the SA Transit Depot. Most importantly, the ground level is located in a street-facing commercial and retail area where artists and small business owners can have access to foot traffic. Walkable to the Artists Village, Bowers Museum, and local galleries, gastropubs, and theaters, it’s an ideal scenario for an artist who wants to work (extremely) close to home—and at a reasonable price point.
The particular loft that’s for sale has been home to Claudia Desbiens of ModernMecca who ran her staging and interior design business from the main floor. "It’s a very creative space. The community hosts monthly art walk events where 25 galleries, art studios, and boutique stores turn their main workshop floors into storefronts—and are able to go home upstairs at the end of the day." She continues, "My clients would come over and I could lay materials out on a big conference table."
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