This recently listed loft in Oakland, California, is exceptionally well suited for working from home. Billed as a “loft duplex,” the newly renovated property features a private, 900-square-foot studio on the lower level and a spacious, loft-style residence on the upper two floors. The condominium is also part of a larger artists’ complex commissioned by local resident and renowned abstract sculptor Bruce Beasley, whose work is featured in the permanent collections of museums worldwide.
In the late 1980s, Beasley tapped local architect Tom Dolan to design a total of 25 live/work rental units and four condominiums for a development known today as South Prescott Village. Dolan’s website describes the project as the “first live/work complex built from the ground up in the United States.”
The one-bedroom loft currently up for sale was overhauled in 2015, and the owners spent close to $300K on details such as handcrafted light fixtures, a lavish master bathroom, and a top-of-the-line kitchen.
Dolan, an advocate for urban infill construction practices, also worked with Beasley to write Oakland’s live/work building code in the mid-1990s, which regulates conversions of the city’s countless industrial warehouses into mixed-use residential and commercial properties.
“It’s a way to use these buildings in a way that incubates small businesses,” said Dolan in a 2016 San Francisco Chronicle article. “It’s a great way to combine living and working in this expensive economy, and also not to have to commute and pollute.”
With an asking price of $1,199,000, the updated loft spans a total of 2,411 square feet, including the street-level workspace. The work area offers a separate entrance, a full bath, and a kitchen area as well. Rounding out the offering are two deeded parking spaces and a sunny common courtyard garden. Keep scrolling to see more.