At the other end of the spectrum, a housing work unit could be a three- or four-story townhouse, with commercial space on the first floor and the family in a spacious home on the remaining floors. Local rules often control the nature and layout of available housing units. A “Live/Work” unit is designed so that the space can be used both as a home and as a base for activity. Managing a store from the apartment is mandatory. The use of the apartment exclusively for residential purposes is not allowed. Workaholics might find it more difficult to complete the job if no shuttle time is required. If you have children, there may be limited places for them to play outside. Some cities, like Sunnyvale, California, have strict rules for live work units, including a ban on renting out part of the unit, employing more than one non-resident, and letting more than three vans, vendors, or customers arrive in a single day with the vehicle at your site. . .