These types of properties are usually listed on commercial property websites as 'special purpose' buildings.
If you are planning to buy a special purpose property and convert it to a home, a key factor is what the current zoning permits. If the building has residential zoning, there is usually no problem. If it has commercial or mixed-use zoning, you may have to obtain a live-work permit or a conditional use permit. These permits can add significantly to your costs for aquisition and property renovation.
I have worked with a number of individuals and groups who are into adaptive re-use for sustainability. Most recently, I represented the Los Angeles Bicycle Kitchen in its acquisition of a stand alone bakery building in Hollywood which they converted into a community bicycle education and repair center.
Please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of further assistance.
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There are "special purpose" properties for sale all over Los Angeles, however,the zoning for these will often not permit them to be used as residences. Be very careful who you work with on this, so that you are not getting..a firehouse..let's say..that you have no hope of living in.
I got listings all over for unusual home conversions. Feel free to call me anytime.
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