– By Hannah Hager
At the heart of any small town is its people, and the engine that keeps it running are the small businesses they run. You could be both to the Town of Purcellville should you choose to make the Craftsman Building your own.
Originally built in 1920, the facade of this building reflects its original time period and intention of being a single-family home. It has a deep front porch for people-gazing that is bolstered by four wide columns, which lead to two separate front entrances perfect for multiple business owners to make friendly neighbors.
Although it is nearing its 100th birthday, the Craftsman Building has been lovingly and intentionally restored to modern times thanks to $350,000 upgrades and remodeling by its current owner, Debra Randazzo. She single-handedly optimized the space of this brick landmark to its maximum potential with the intention of starting a deli, but is now moving out of the area and would like to serve up the space to a likeminded small business owner.
It’s zoned for professional offices or retail, and can be divided into up to four businesses. As the owner, you’ll have to make sure you’re ready for all the attention. Foot traffic will be aplenty as visibility is high on Main Street in Purcellville — approximately 8,000 people drive by the storefront on a daily basis. There’s no better advertising than that.
But, of course, as any smart business owner knows, comfort is also key. It’s important that your customers feel welcomed and that you’re comfortable spending your days (and probably nights) there. Thankfully, the interior has all the creature comforts you could want including handicapped access and plenty of parking outside and recessed lighting, hardwood floors and a fire-burning, brick-lined fireplace inside. This isn’t called the Craftsman Building for nothing.
Address: 221 E Main St., Purcellville
Square feet: 8,000
Special Feature: Green energy utilities
List price: $745,000
Contact: Gloria Rose Ott, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty