A Designer Lists Her Three-Story Live/Work Loft in Orange County for $525K

A Designer Lists Her Three-Story Live/Work Loft in Orange County for $525K

By Paige Alexus
From the front of the Santiago Street Lofts in downtown Santa Ana, California, it may not look like a residence at all—due to its industrial garage door facade. However, inside lies an interior designer's modern live/work loft space that’s available to buy for $525K.

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.

When you first approach the loft, you can choose to enter through a simple door, or through the garage door that slides back completely. This reveals the main workshop floor that has its own bathroom and painted concrete floors. 

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 second floor is separated from the main floor, and offers a private open living space that’s connected to the upgraded kitchen. 

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."

When Desbiens moved into the loft, she had Brazilian Cherrywood flooring stalled. The connected kitchen (seen in the hero image) featured stainless-steel appliances and fruitwood cabinetry. 

Shown here is the view of the living space from the lofted bedroom. The loft is being sold with a four-piece set of George Nelson bubble lamps that hang from the twenty-foot ceiling. 

The bedroom is tucked into the loft space and sits under exposed air ducts and pipes—both of which add to the industrial vibe.

The space holds a total of two-and-a-half bathrooms, one of which is ADA-compliant. 

Before listing this space, Desbiens used to use her main floor as a place where she could invite clients in for meetings. Many of the neighbors use it as a place to feature their work in a gallery-like setting. 

The steel-framed home sits behind an industrial roll-up door and has its own two-car garage in the back of the unit. 

You can find the whole listing here.

Project Credits:

Architect: William Hezmalhalch Architects

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