If you’re curious and wonder if your existing home lot or a home you’re considering to buy fits an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), I can help you! In this video I walk you through an example using the Symbium website (under California law it will show if an ADU is allowed; Your city may have more restrictions.)
With my help with Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, we have a wonderful partnerships with Abodu, an innovative housing solution company, to provide Intero clients with beautiful prefabricated accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and concierge-level service.
With space at a premium for most Bay Area / Silicon Valley residents, the need for inventive living solutions has never been higher. Couple this with upcoming housing laws—such as Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which is paving the way for backyard homes to help tackle California’s housing crisis, and you can see why this partnership between Intero and Abodu makes so much sense.
This new partnership allows me to assist my current, future and past clients to quickly connect with Abodu and rethink every yard’s potential! Whether you want to work from home, keep the kids around longer, rent it for extra cash, or welcome Granny to live with you, an ADU such as Abodu is all about knowing your options and adding value to the property.
Feel free to give me a call to arrange a consultation to help you with any questions.
I’m a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and have a background in senior care. I’m also an affiliate member of the Professional Fiduciary Association (PFAC) of Silicon Valley Chapter and can assist with any questions and referrals that may concern your desire for you and family members who wish to “Age In Place” safely.
Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor # 02066698
Intero Real Estate Services, Berkshire Hathaway affiliate
Los Altos Office covering the Bay Area & Coastal Communities
(408) 800-1141 and (831) 346-2743
Join me at my Open House at 448 N 21st Street San Jose
Aug 18th Sunday from 1PM – 4:30 PM
Following yesterday’s ADU (accessory dwelling unit) event called “Small Homes, Big Impact” sponsored by the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley and the AARP of California, I will host the open house at 448 N 21st Street in San Jose as example of a home built with an attached ADU in the backyard. There is 2,265 SF of living space with a lot size of 6,375 SF lot. This 5 Bedroom and 4 Bath is ready for move-in. All you have to do it think how you’d like to take title… as a home allowing multi-generational living, one can pass the property down to adult children or two or three couples can purchase as tenants in common, it’s up to you how you would like to use the space.
This ADU is 404SF, complete turnkey with 1Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, a living room, and A/C. This ADU has a separate entryway allowing the resident independence from the main home. It can be used as a business office, an in-law/family unit, or rented for lease or AirB&B.
The structure has permits for all work and shows very well.
The pass-through garage looks like a single car garage, but actually allows 3 or more cars inside the long driveway.
Here’s my Open House video:
Let me know if you’re interested in receiving this home’s property report &/or disclosures. This is a fantastic turnkey property with many uses!
If you or anyone you know is looking to buy, sell or invest in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am never too busy for your referrals! Thank you.
Good news & less restrictions for Santa Cruz homeowners who want to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (other wise known as ADUs, Granny Flats, Inlaw Units).
Here are the approved amendments adopted for ADU’s at the Santa Cruz City Council’s meeting on Feb 26th meeting:
- Eliminate parking requirements for ADUs;
- Eliminate the requirement for a Minimum Parcel Size (ADUs can now be added to any size lot);
- Allowing ADUs by right in all Residential Zones, when built with a single family home;
- Eliminate requirements for Use Permits/Design Permits for ADUs on substandard lots;
- Allow ADUs above garages to provide setbacks of 5 feet to side and rear lot lines (previously required minimum of 10 feet from the rear);
- Allow full reconstruction of existing structures(previously limited to 50% of the structure) to qualify for the fee exemptions allowed under state law for Conversion ADUs;
- Allow expansions of Conversion ADUs of up to 120 square feet of floor area and 2 feet of height to qualify for the fee exemptions allowed under state law;
- Allow interior connections between an attached ADUs and the Primary Home on the parcel; and
- Change the definition of Owner-Occupant to include immediate family members (limited to Spouses, Siblings, Parents, and Adult Children), so a property owner can have a family member living on the property manage the property and any tenants.
For more information on ADUs, read here.