The retail space and a powder room on the ground floor total 753 square feet. The two upper floors provide 1,935 square feet of living space (3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths). A carport in the back contains the stairway leading to the living space. A balcony on the second level overhangs the retail entrance on the street. The townhouse owner can then choose to operate a shop in “their” space, or, be a landlord, and rent it out to another retailer. While a 3-bedroom condo might not be your idea of “downsizing”, the opportunity to also own the retail space offers some intriguing opportunities. Maybe you still want to run a small shop (perhaps a smaller version of what you’ve been doing for many years.) The internet could balance out the seasonality of being in a resort community. Or, you rent out the space to another retailer, and receive the rental income. In any event, you still have a place to live, plus equity in the property, and could benefit from any appreciation in its value over time. As we thought about it more, this may be a concept that already is happening in a variety of settings other than a resort community. Perhaps a college town? Or, in one of the “lifestyle centers” that are being built/redeveloped in suburban communities? Or, maybe even in the town where you already live? We think it's a fun new wrinkle on an exit strategy, an issue facing many owners. All part of “making the business work for you!” Might it be 'an exit strategy' to look into?