garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: CREST 'BACKYARD' HOMES. Alive And Well In 2019! - 01/04/19 05:10 PM
Alive And Well In 2019! 
Happy New Year Everyone. Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Years Eve. Now it's time to hit the ground running. I always look forward to the new year and love a fresh start and all the new and exiting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
We've come a long way in the 'BACKYARD' HOME biz since 2016 when the Senate and Assembly Bills were first passed in  Cali.;  Albeit we've been in the Small Home Biz for over three decades. Small home construction be it ground up design build or factory built is our forte. We are … (17 comments)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: San Diego Jurisdictions Embrace Backyard Home (ADU) Ordinances - 02/09/18 09:26 AM
San Diego Jurisdictions Embrace
Backyard Home (ADU) Ordinances
It's been a challenge met with mild to strong resistance, however, many if not most San Diego Jurisdictions, including the County, are coming to grips with California's newest laws on "Backyard Home" aka "Accessory Dwelling Unit" (ADU) ordinances.
While some jurisdictions are still resisting or not embracing the new law in its entirety, there are others like the City of Encinitas who are leading the field with proactive and streamlined permit processing requirements and costs; Possibly even fee waivers.
In fact they are even considering fast tracking pre approved plans that meet their criteria in order to … (11 comments)

garage apartment: Crest Backyard Homes ADU's On A Roll In North San Diego Coastal Area. - 01/08/18 08:44 AM
Crest Backyard Home's ADU's On A Roll
In North San Diego Coastal Area.
See what 'Crest Backyard Homes' of Leucadia, CA has been doing with Accessory Dwelling Units aka ADU's in this quaint surf town on the North San Diego Coast for decades.
Are you a property/homeowner looking for an extra income stream on the very dirt you're standing on? Do you need some private and secluded space for an adult child to live in while attending college, starting a career or raising a young family? Do you want an environment where all residents sharing the property have a sense of seclusion and independence?  Or perhaps a backyard home … (4 comments)

garage apartment: Something To Ponder On Whence Visiting With Family During The Holidays - 11/22/17 12:21 PM
Something To Ponder On Whence
Visiting With Family During The Holidays
As a 72 year young SEASONED CITIZEN this is a topic I've been pondering for the past several decades. It will be interesting to see where this all ends up moving forward. No doubt, San Diego, like so many other  destination
Retirement zones throughout the Country, will be put to the test trying to figure out how to deal with housing their growing share of 80 million Baby Boomers in the next 20+ years.
This drives my point even further home (pun intended) for the need and timeliness to consider a BACKYARD HOME aka Accessory … (0 comments)

garage apartment: Please Join Us For The 2017 San Diego County ADU Status Conference - 10/10/17 01:12 AM
Please Join Us For The 2017 San DiegoCounty ADU Status Conference We would like to invite any/all ACTIVE RAIN members in the Southern California area or those from other States who might be visiting to participate in this event.    E-E-Easing into ADUs: Engage! Educate! Empower! Whether you call them granny flats, second units, in-law suites, or carriage houses, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a promising pathway toward meeting San Diego County's housing and livability goals. Register today to learn about recent state legislation that gives California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build ADUs: SB 1069 (Wieckowski), AB 2299 (Bloom), AB 2406 (Thurmond), SB 229 (Wieckowski), and AB 494 (Bloom). … (2 comments)

garage apartment: 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)

garage apartment: 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)


John DL Arendsen

Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Leucadia, CA

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