casita: CREST BACKYARD HOMES San Diego Union Tribune Home Section - 07/29/19 12:59 PM
CREST BACKYARD HOMES San Diego Union Tribune Home Section
               A growing demand for granny flats Factory-built ADUs — accessory dwelling units — can lower costs without sacrificing charm. In San Diego, they’re in demand for both cultural and financial reasons. (Crest Backyard Homes manufactured by Silvercrest) Interest in accessory dwelling units (ADUs) prompts sleek new designs, furnishings By JAMIE GOLD JULY 25, 2019 4:47 PM There was a time when many American families had at least one grandparent living in their homes. That is less common today, but multigenerational living is making a comeback. Some of it is … (9 comments)

casita: San Diego Real Estate Broker Specializes In BACKYARD HOME Properties - 06/22/19 05:16 PM
San Diego Real Estate Broker
Granny flat? Backyard Home? Garage Apartment? Pool Cabana? Would you like to find a property that already has an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) aka GRANNY FLAT on it? Or are  you looking for a property you could build one on?
Well, look no further. There is now a San Diego based real estate broker that can peel back all the layers on the onion in one felt swoop. TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, also a licensed General & Manufactured Home Contractor, Manufactured Home Dealer, Developer, Property Management and Investment company headquartered in Leucadia and Vista. TAG … (6 comments)

casita: Accessory Dwelling Unit Forum & Panel Discussion. Are ADU's For You? - 06/04/19 11:21 AM
Accessory Dwelling Unit Forum & Panel Discussion.
Are ADU's For You?
ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN SDCIA HISTORY! More and more homeowners are finding creative ways to earn extra money using the space they already own. The opportunity to utilize extra space in your own yard may sound too good to be true but is possible with an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). If you have thought about having a private place for visitors to stay or even generating extra income, then building an additional structure or converting a garage into living space may be ideal.Get answers to all your questions … (12 comments)

casita: Oceanside Accessory Dwelling Unit Video A Huge Success - 05/26/19 12:49 PM
Oceanside Accessory Dwelling Unit Video A Huge Success
Oceanside Accessory Dwelling Unit Video A Huge Success and leading the field for the new California State Mandate. 
As the months roll by many more jurisdictions are beginning to wrap their arms around myriad Senate and Assembly bills now requiring them to tailor standards and implement ordnance's   that make it much easier for property/homeowners to add a BACKYARD HOME to their property.
However, many residents and citizens of cities and counties still continue to covet the NIMBY
mentality and swim against the tide that will eventually have its way. So many times we hear residents spew negative … (10 comments)

casita: ADU Forum & Panel Discussion. Are ADU's for You - 05/13/19 11:38 AM
ADU Forum & Panel Discussion.
Are ADU's for You?
Join us for what may be the most important event for San Diegans yet. Learn straight from the sources about the existing legislation that was enacted in January, 2017 and as many as nine new laws slated to be enacted this year. It's not if but when all the jurisdictions in the State of California will have to comply by introducing their own ADU ordinances that will have to comply with the State Mandate or face costly and time consuming lawsuits at taxpayer expense.
REGISTER TODAY as seating is limited
and we anticipate a … (9 comments)

casita: Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A Back It In and Hook It Up procedure - 05/12/19 08:24 AM
Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A
Back It Up and Plug It In procedure
Accessory Dwelling Units Are Not A Back It Up and Plug It In Procedure. Inexpensive? Fast? Easy? In a word, NO! Adding a 500sf BACKYARD HOME to your property can be
every bit as complicated, time consuming and costly, relatively speaking, as building a 5000sf home. 
Smaller is not always cheaper in construction. Contractors, as in almost any business, have to deal with economies of scale.
How much time will it take a contractor to wallow through the permit process for a 500sf ADU? Probably just about as long … (12 comments)

casita: BACKYARD HOME anyone? - 03/10/19 04:05 PM
                            BACKYARD HOME anyone? The city of Encinitas continues to lead the field when it comes to embracing and implementing the latest California laws on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). It's been somewhat of a challenge for most of the San Diego Jurisdictions to come to terms with. However, Encinitas has gone far beyond the pale.
They have actually launched what they proudly call their PRADU Program and waived all their permits including the grading permit. Additionally, there will be no school fees for any ADU under 500sf. This greatly reduces the … (6 comments)

casita: Fathers Day! Why Not Make This The Best Ever With A Dad Pad? - 06/17/18 11:31 AM
Fathers Day!
Why Not Make This The Best Ever With A Dad Pad?
To many this may be a rather tall order and slightly out of the realm of reality. But I'll bet to that very special Father in your life it would be his best Fathers Day ever.
Especially if he's approaching those sacred golden years, Housing our parents and loved ones as they age can become not only a real emotional challenge if not one of the biggest in our lifetime. It can also be one of the most expensive. Elder care today is one of the most important issues and … (9 comments)

casita: Crest Backyard Homes ADU's Silvercrest Home Factory Tour A Success! - 06/16/18 10:56 AM
Crest Backyard Homes &
Silvercrest ADU Factory Tour A Success!
For folks who are contemplating the possibility of adding a BACKYARD HOME aka Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to their property don't overlook what you can do with a Manufactured ADU. 
On Saturday, June 9th, CREST BACKYARD HOMES & Silvercrest Manufactured Homes & ADU's co-hosted a very informative factory tour at the Silvercrest Manufactured Home & ADU factory in Corona, Calif. for folks from the San Diego area. 
The Silvercrest factory rep and tour guide, Michael Schmid, led the tour and answered every question that was asked thereby dispelling all of the age old misnomers about the … (3 comments)

casita: Granny Flats: City of San Diego Votes To Waive Fees - 05/07/18 04:50 PM
Granny Flats:
City of San Diego Votes To Waive Fees 
The City of San Diego is certainly not trying to throw Granny over a cliff. Truth be known the City is doing everything it can to help place Granny in her own Backyard Home.  
San Diego is the first City in the County to officially waive environmental and developmental impact fees along with other front-loaded permit costs which are more in line with what you would expect to pay for the development of an entirely custom site built single family detached home.
These monumental front loaded fees could be as high as $20-40 thousand dollars before even sticking a … (2 comments)

casita: Mobile Home Parks.... Preserve Or Destroy? - 04/29/18 09:55 PM
Mobile Home Parks....
Preserve Or Destroy?
Are The Ole Gray Mares Still What They Used To Be?
All too often local jurisdictions, communities and developers are quick to pull the plug and DRAIN THE SWAMP. Not so fast! Read this with an open mind before you decide. The pressure is on for all jurisdictions to comply with the State of California affordable housing mandates. It may even be time to start rethinking mobile and manufactured home park communities.
Mobile Home Park Communities 
are the last bastion of affordable housing anywhere.
Be it on a sunny surf beach on the north San Diego Coast
or in a picturesque desert setting in … (13 comments)

casita: Backyard Homes Literally On A Roll In Leucadia - 04/29/18 12:37 PM
Backyard Homes Literally On A Roll In Leucadia
  LEUCADIA CASITA: 12x36 (432sf) 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Backyard home, Granny Flat, Casita, Pool Cabana, Accessory Dwelling Unit, ADU? Call them what you will but they're starting to roll into Encinitas. In early May CREST BACKYARD HOMES will be installing the very first Manufactured ADU off the Silvercrest assembly line. It will make its way down the I-15 from Corona and navigate to its final resting place in a quaint little beachside manufactured home community in Leucadia.
The "LEUCADIA CASITA" ranges from $65,000-$95,000 depending on your appitite for size, upgrades, extras and customizations. They can be completely maxed out at the Silvercrest factory. Or you may order them "bare bones" and install your own floor, wall and window coverings, counter … (2 comments)

casita: San Diego Homeowners Please Join Our 'BACKYARD HOME' ADU Factory Tour - 04/09/18 04:10 PM
San Diego Homeowners Please Join Our
Has anyone ever wondered how a Factory Built Home is Built? Well, now you have an opportunity to do just that and have some fun doing it. The time has come for the rubber to literally meet the road. Come and see for yourself how the entire construction process takes place from the mainframe to the final coat of paint. Space is limited so it's first come first served.
INVITATION - Factory Tour to Silvercrest by Crest Backyard Homes $50   Actions and Detail Panel   INVITATION - Factory … (12 comments)

casita: Could Be Good Times For Established & licensed General Contractors - 03/25/18 04:39 PM
Could Be Good Times For Established & licensed   General Contractors
I'm reminded of the '90s. Business is boomin! Everyone that is able is working. Real Estate has gained back all its losses from the deep dive of '08 and is launching into the stratosphere of supply side economics:
"Supply-side economics is the theory that says increased production drives economic growth. The factors of production are capital, labor,entrepreneurship and LAND."
What got my attention is the 'lAND'. However, San Diego, according to some experts, is anywhere from 75-90% built out. So where's the LAND in San Diego?
With the ever decreasing footprint of available land it's now all about rebuilding, room additions and infills for contractors and … (18 comments)

casita: Encinitas Waives $3000 In Fees To Encourage Backyard Home Development - 02/20/18 09:56 AM
Encinitas Waives $3000 In Fees
To Encourage Backyard Home Development
It's taken a lot of  time, effort and tight fist-ed negotiating between the Encinitas City Council, the planning commission and the diplomatic and patient gavel of Mayor Catherine Blakespear, however, the time has finally arrived. Encinitas and its 4 burroughs, Leucadia, Cardiff, Cardiff By The Sea and Olivenhain, can now move forward with a streamlined and affordably priced permit process for adding a Backyard Home to a homeowner's property.
Additionally, the planning and building departments are in the process of diligently reviewing and considering several architectural designs, floor plans and construction methodologies for fast track pre-approval which will further … (14 comments)

casita: Please Join Our GRANNY FLAT aka ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) Seminar - 08/16/17 04:39 PM
Please Join Our
Panel Discussion
Please add your name to the interest list if you would like to attend a limited seating panel discussion regarding the addition of a 'GRANNY FLAT' aka 'ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT' (ADU) on your property. 
We are receiving numerous phone calls and emails from folks throughout the North San Diego County area regarding Senate Bill 1069 and Assembly Bills 2299 & 2406 regarding this very important State Law enacted in January, 2017. 
The seminar is planned for late October. It's purpose is to better explain and discuss this new State Law and how to properly, legally, economically and logistically go through the process … (7 comments)

casita: The Difference Between An "RV", "Park Model" & "HUD Manufactured Home" - 08/10/17 02:01 PM
The Difference
Between An
"RV", "Park Model", 
"HUD Manufactured Home"
Having expanded into the "Accessory Dwelling Unit" ("ADU") aka 'GRANNY FLAT',  design, build & consulting business we've received many inquiries regarding the placement of an RV or a Park Model on ones private property/home with the intention of using it as an ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADA) aka 'GRANNY FLAT'. The simple answer? In a word,   NO!
 To set the record straight I would like to clarify often touted, if not outright, mis represented,  even fallacious  MISNOMERS regarding this subject. 
There seems to be some confusion in the Real Estate & lending Industry about the various definitions and distinctions between the "RECREATION VEHICLE" … (11 comments)

casita: Homeowners, Do You Have A FIST FULL of CASH In Your Backyard? - 03/03/14 02:43 AM
Homeowners, Do You Have FIST FULL of 
In Your Backyard?

You could be sitting on a FIST FULL of
and not even realize it.
There are literally thousands of homeowners throughout the United States who could be maximizing their home and property value, usability and functionality while insuring a place for them to live out their lives.
Or perhaps provide a home for their Children and even Grandchildren to live instead of having to go through the heartbreak and inconvenience of  selling the home they love and raised their family … (2 comments)


John DL Arendsen

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Leucadia, CA

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