How fun would it be to own this stunning commercial building with living quarters upstairs?
It occupies a prominent corner spot on Maple Street, across from the historic courthouse in the small town of Sparta, Tennessee.
Built in the year 1900, this end building on a historic block is a picture-perfect relic in a town that seems frozen in a simpler time.
House Crazy Sarah has always wanted to own a historic storefront with living quarters… in fact, she almost bought one once in a small town in Colorado. But the problem with these commercial buildings is that you need a commercial loan to purchase them, and that means a higher downpayment, more hoops to jump through, etc, etc.
But if you could pay cash for one of these pretties, it would be a great live/work venture!
This particular building has a 2,300 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment above the main level commercial space. That’s larger than a lot of houses!
Priced at $549,000, this is the most pristine “work/live” opportunity that House Crazy Sarah has come across in a while.
Its three ornate and colorful “blockmates” make an adorable trio reminiscent of The Painted Ladies rowhouses of San Francisco.
The corner building on the block has a huge added bonus in that it has additional windows down one long side.
The details in this place are absolutely splendid.
Have a look inside…
The main commercial space is a turnkey cafe/diner/bistro with a gorgeous bar.
A lot has been updated but the space retains a classic historic charm.
A view down from the mezzanine shows just how expansive the wooden bar-top is:
And what have we up here?
A coffee bar with cozy seating!
Now let’s check out the living quarters….
How dazzling, with its high ceilings, tall windows, and original wood floors!
The listing states that the “kitchen has been recently renovated with new cabinets, countertops, and flooring. It has a spacious laundry room with great storage.”
Below is one of the ensuite bedrooms…
Everything looks so clean and well cared for!
The price is steep but the listing also points out that a new 3-ton air conditioning unit was recently installed. That is one huge unit!
Not everyone can afford to buy a historic storefront building in a charming little Mayberry town.
But for someone who has the cash and the gumption, this would be a dream come true!