From a Google's eye view, Markethouse Lofts, an award-winning condominium
development of 54 bi-level lofts, appears to be a collection of side-tracked
Steinberg Architects planned it that way to transform a small, triangular,
1.5-acre in-fill industrial area site, along the Union Pacific railway, into
a unique urban enclave with a sense of place.
The Regis Home-built community rose out of an old industrial district of
canneries near San Jose's historic Japantown, Gordon Biersch Brewery and
Bernal Park, a neighborhood that blends the old with the new and families
with young professionals.
The soaring entry way is emblazoned with a plaque that reminds loft owners
and visitors of the residential development's local and national
The gated-project, at 350 E. Mission St. in San Jose, won the Santa Clara
Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture's Special
Recognition Award, 2001; Builder Magazine's Builder's Choice Design &
Planning Awards for Urban, Infill Housing, Grand Award, 2004 and Builder
Magazine's Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards for Loft Housing, Merit
What caught the judges eyes?
Box-car like corrugated metal roofing with a 100-year expected life span,
varied building elevations with stucco exteriors in brick red and muted
earth tones mesh well with adjacent warehouses and cannery buildings to the
east and newer condos and apartments to the north and west.
Markethouse Lofts is a podium designed complex with underground parking
beneath a central, landscaped courtyard that extends to what residents call
the "Back Forty" a secluded retreat lush with vegetation along a short
walking path. Residents are planning a small organic produce garden for a
small section. Another landscaped walking path gives some residents a front
and back entryway.
What makes buyers drool?
MarketHouse Lofts are relatively new, authentic "one-room house" lofts, a
rarity in San Jose.
The only doors are entry, bath, closet, laundry and HVAC doors. The only
full walls are peripheral walls. Half walls and industrial railings adorn
the loft areas.
Instead of enclosed rooms, there are four primary floor plans with
imaginative open "zones" - sleeping, eating/cooking and living zones.
There's an extra "flex" zone for an office, study or extra "bedroom" in the
All floorplans have a lower, towering, 18-foot, double-height open space of
zones, fitted with floor-to ceiling commercial windows, and a loft-level
zone above overlooking the lower level. All units also have both a bathroom
and a powder room. Patios and balconies offer a touch of outdoor living and
help keep residents in touch.
The two smaller floor plans range in size from 800 to 1,000-square-feet. Two
larger floor plans contain from 1,300 to 1,400-square-feet of space.
Two still larger individual end units wrapped in commercial glazing include
one with direct access to the Back Forty. The other penthouse-like unit
above has a view of City Hall downtown.
They all contain all the comforts of a modern home including central heat
and air, a laundry, wired smoke detectors, a home network center for
internet, cable, phone and security, a combination of carpeting and hardwood
flooring, recessed lighting, upscale appliances and ceiling fans.
Priced new at $400,000 to $500,000, most units now sell for $300,000 or
less. See units for sale at Market House Lofts - Japantown San Jose