Live / Work

There have only been a few live/work projects in the Portland area, and nearly all of them have been for sale and not available for rent.  Our goal was to bring some of the first true live/work spaces to the rental market.  The Alberta Arts district (and specifically the Arthur Cole Candy building) was the perfect place to do it.

What is “live/work” space?  Just as with any other real estate product type, there are many possible configurations.  Our opinion is that “live/work” is not just a matter of design with a configuration that provides separation between the living quarters and work area; the unit must be located within a commercial zone and comply with commercial building code to provide legal occupancy for business activity.  The live/work units at Alberta Mercantile are located within Portland’s “CS” (commercial storefront) zone, and fully comply with all requirements for commercial space.

The commercial portion of the unit features stained concrete floors, an ADA-compliant restroom with utility sink, and a glazed roll-up storefront door that opens to a common public courtyard.  The separate living quarters on the mezzanine feature a full bathroom, large closet, washer and dryer, and generous sized loft with Doug fir decking that overlooks the commercial space.  The mezzanine area is constructed with a custom steel railing and heavy canvas curtains that can be drawn for complete privacy from the commercial area.

Please contact us about availabilities at Alberta Mercantile or about apartments and live/work spaces at our new project located at NE 6th and Couch Street in the Lower Burnside neighborhood, opening in August, 2012.