A mixed-use property is, as the name suggests, used for multiple purposes and typically refers to commercial-residential properties. A mixed-use property will have multiple use classes, such as A1 – Shops and C3 – Dwelling Houses.
B&Bs are a prime example of mixed-use properties, where the owners live on-site and rent out the rest of their property to holidaymakers. Similarly, shops with flats situated overhead are mixed-use buildings.
On the smaller end of the scale, a chiropractor, massage therapist or beautician may use a spare room of their home in which to provide services to their clients.
Mixed-use properties may also refer to buildings that have been divided into apartments and commercial units like shops and restaurants. London’s The Shard is a prime example of this, comprising offices, restaurants and a hotel, and exclusive residences.
Regardless of the size, mixed-use properties are most commonly arranged with the commercial elements on the lower floors, with the residential areas higher up. This gives residents privacy, quietness, and better views, while commercial owners benefit from street-level visibility and increased foot traffic.
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