Straddling the Live-Work Line in Cottage Grove

Office building or home? It depends on which listing you read. One on LoopNet appears to have marketed the property for a while at $599,000 — as an office building. But it popped up as a single family item this week on HAR, asking $535,000. Built in 2001 and updated in 2010, the corner-lot custom live-work structure is 2 blocks south of the Katy Fwy. in the Brunner subdivision in Cottage Grove.


Fish or fowl, it has 3,007 sq. ft. of space and a decent amount of parking: There’s a 2-car garage behind an automatic gate across the driveway — and spaces in the side lot for another 7 vehicles. The east side of the building features a tree-shaded patio with an exterior staircase. Inside, there’s an elevator.

The flex space has 2 bedrooms or offices on the first level as well as a cavernous common area, its use TBD. Previously, the property housed a small consulting firm.

If you’re tall enough, using the kitchen sink provides an in-the-crosshairs view of a 10-year-old townhome development across the street. The polar-bear-in-a-snowstorm color scheme gets some punch from the stained concrete floor, found throughout the first level:

The remaining 1, 2, or maybe even 3 bedroom-offices are upstairs, including this one beneath a barrel-roll metal ceiling:

The 5,000-sq.-ft. lot has a metallic neighbor and backs up to a parking lot off I-10’s feeder road. There’s a low-rise office building with surface parking along the side street, just out of view in the photo below:

2 Comment

  • 2 blocks south of the Katy Fwy???

    Back side of the block fronting the freeway, not even a block away.

  • I am thinking that if you want to purchase this as a residence, the kitchen will definitely need to be remodeled to include cabinets and more counter space at the very least. I wonder what the closet space is like? The HAR listing says it has two full baths, but no pictures. I personally like the looks the interior and much of the exterior, but the entrance looks a bit bland for residential use.