So What can you build on this vacant lot?.....

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 01238708

I often get asked “So what can you build on this lot?” or statements like “This lot is not buildable.”

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I smile and just shake my head and take the trouble of advising the potential buyer or the potential buyer’s agent to reach out to a savvy hillside architect and they will help and will be pleasantly surprised at the answer they get.

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Some listen, others just move on. Today, I ran into a post that happened to share this Los Angeles Times Article. I enjoyed reading it and it just confirmed what I have been saying for the past 26+ years. Please check out this article  

https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2023-11-20/building-home-on-a-steep-hill-and-constrained-lot-in-los-angeles

 

Once you read it come back and let me know your thoughts😊

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I hope this changes your mind about those “unbuildable lots” or at least what you think are unbuildable.

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I have about 14 active listings and I am happy to guide you to those difficult but inexpensive lots.

Now if you are wondering the lots are from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills, one is more difficult than the other but all buildable and have potential upside.

 

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Comments (20)

Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The link didn't work for me so I'm not sure what the article said, but I agree that there is a build solution for most properties!

Dec 03, 2023 04:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. The link said "no" but my mind says follow your advice. Get a good hillside architect to tell you the possibilities. You will be amazed at the options! Enjoy your day.

Dec 03, 2023 05:51 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre the limitation of what can be done and not be done is only our inability to see what could be.  It is obvious that when it comes to challenging lots you are able to see what others can't.

Dec 03, 2023 05:52 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Just money, a cheap lot in my area equals an expensive build.  Level lot is not always an easy build with the rock and springs we have here.  I hope you can get the link to work, I would love to read the article.

Dec 03, 2023 06:59 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning chef Endre,

I tried to read the article too but the link is not working. Your advice appears to be spot on go to an expert hillside architect to tell you the possibilities. 

Dec 03, 2023 07:20 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Endre, The restriction on possibilities for the vacant lots you market so effectively only lies in the failure of others to envision the potential. You possess the ability to perceive what eludes others!

Dec 03, 2023 07:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I did want to give you feedback, Endre... sadly, your link does not work. :(

Dec 03, 2023 07:45 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  I believe the link should be working now, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti

It does, Endre Barath, Jr. - interesting solution to the space/slope challenge!

Dec 03, 2023 01:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  hopefully you can see the LA Times Article now with the corrected link, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:34 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  you make a great point, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:34 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518  the link works now and here  the size and steepness of the land determines what can be built and indeed the steeper the more expensive the build, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  the link to the LA Times article should be working now, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:36 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  thank you for the kind words I just sell them not build them:)Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:37 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  now you should be able to read it, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 10:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Endre Barath, Jr. hi Endre... all I can say is wow! I'm sure someone will love that architectural style, but it probably wouldn't be me.

Dec 03, 2023 12:13 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - The link did work for me.  Honestly, usually when I try to go to an LA Times article I can’t get in.  I have sold my share of lots that look unbuildable but I believe that most land there is a solution.  My feeling is that normally you are going to pay for that solution but saving $520,000 was surprising.  Of course spending 5500 + hours is a cost.  I shared a pic of a house hanging over a cliff in Sedona.  

I do get that it does not appeal to everyone and some just can’t see the potential.

Dec 03, 2023 05:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh, very interesting! I had trouble getting into the article because I am not a subscriber but, I kept clicking to 'refresh' the page and the login screen eventually stopped blocking my view!

I found the story very intriguing. The new 'box' being 3' wider than The Eel's Nest really didn't help me - 18' is not wide enough for me! I've lived in 'long' houses in the past and was not a fan but, I will say, this is one cool house they built! I love that they're using solar and I'm sure those views are spectacular in person. 

I remember sharing with you that when I sold land, I try to have someone draw up a mock plan for the site simply because people have NO imagination. They can't figure out what on earth to build on a narrow plot of land or one that is on the side of a mountain or... Having something to 'go by' really does help prospective buyers. These folks already had experience under their belts so they were perfect buyers of that land!

Dec 03, 2023 09:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  not a fan of the LA Times either always issues with them and I will not pay subscription.... Endre

Dec 03, 2023 09:47 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  yes LA Times is challenging.... as to I always tell my clients to get me renderings because those I end up selling faster for more money, Endre

Dec 03, 2023 09:48 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Part of the development that I am working on will be a hillside lot and the plan is to build multi-family buildings there.

Dec 04, 2023 04:00 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Well now, I will have to come back when I have more time to read and comment. 

Dec 04, 2023 11:33 AM