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True live-work lofts debut in Santa Clarita

Posted: October 10, 2013 6:14 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:14 p.m.

The first of six live-work loft units, dubbed Cielo, at the Villa Metro new home community. Twenty-two units will comprise the unique urban-surburan community.

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The New Home Company is unveiling the first of 22 live-work lofts this weekend at its Villa Metro community in Valencia — the first time such housing has been offered in Santa Clarita.

Buyers of the live-work lofts will gain first-floor, street-facing office space to conduct business from, but they also have sizeable living quarters on the upper two stories of the lofts.

Lofts run up to 2,532 square feet, include seven floor plans, and feature up to three bedrooms, three and one-half baths, two-car attached garages and separate entries for the owner’s private living space.

Prices are expected to run from the mid-$400,000s, said a spokesman for the new home community on Soledad Canyon Road near the main Santa Clarita Metrolink Station.

Each live-work unit includes office space that comes with its own patio, creating some outdoor distance between the street and the work space.

One potential buyer is an attorney with an office and partner in Glendale, said Annie Charles, director of Southern California sales for The New Home Company. The attorney wants to live and work locally at his own place, she said.

What makes the live-work units a unique experiment is that the units, named “Cielo” for the Italian/Spanish word for heaven or sky, creates an urban living arrangement in the suburbs. It’s the first of its kind in Santa Clarita.

It’s also the first urban-suburban test for the new home builder.

To retain pride of ownership over the business space, the offices cannot be sublet.

Businesses that open in the live-work loft spaces can employ only one other person, cannot open on Sundays, and must not depend on street traffic — although there is customer street parking for all of the lofts.

The rules are in place to respect the neighborhood of single-family homes that sits just beyond the live-work lofts, Charles said.

The private gated community of single-family homes was built in village blocks, giving the entire community — including the lofts — a European feel.

Sales at Villa Metro have proceeded at a steady clip.

Within the first 30 days on the market, 30 homes sold, the company announced in early September. By early Oct. 8, 40 homes had sold, said a spokesman.




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