What I Learned: Granny Flats Laws in San Diego

  Photo courtesy of Basis Studio

Granny Flats Laws in San Diego

Ending February on a high note, we hosted an incredible happy hour event at Dwell Well on February 28th. This time, neighbors gathered to learn about the new Granny Flat laws in San Diego. If you didn’t know, an ADU is the same as an in-law suite. While there are many, many names for this type of dwelling, there’s no doubt these additional living areas are a great investment strategy for San Diegans.

There was a lot to learn about pertaining to the new policy changes the city has put into action within the last few months, so I’ll give you a quick rundown of my key takeaways. Of course, if you ever have any questions or would like more information, just reach out to me and I will get you everything you need.

Dan’s Key Takeaways

  1. If you live in San Diego and have a detached garage, you really should be thinking about adding a granny flat to your property. By adding this additional income, you can reap the rewards of the policy changes and take full advantage of the new guidelines. Send me a message if you would like to chat about these more and we can discuss if adding an ADU to your property is something that is right for you.
  2. At the event, we were given an incredible handout by the speaker, Jason Basler of Basis Studio, that outlines everything from the minimum/maximum size, parking, address regulations and more. I also was able to obtain key information on where the regulatory status’ stand in different areas, such as owner occupancy, short-term rentals (hint: they are not allowed) and even some example floor plans that are used.
  3. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I know one of the best granny flat experts in San Diego. Basler is an incredibly talented individual who is an expert when it comes to the rules, regulations, benefits, and design of these type of dwellings. He knows the in’s and out’s of this ongoing debate in San Diego and he will not let you down. He was a great addition to the event and taught me so much about this incredible investment opportunity. He’s one contact I will be keeping in my back pocket forever.

If you’d like to learn more about this interesting topic, the new rules and regulations, or just want to get in touch with an expert in the field and start building, just let me know. I am always available for a chat!

Also, Dwell Well’s boss lady, Tina, is building an ADU of her own. Follow along on her journey.

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Dan Larson brings decades of sales and marketing experience to Dwell Well Realty. He cut his teeth in this competitive field at the tender age of 9. Dan’s school was raising funds and dispatched an army of 3rd graders with flower seeds and talking points on the benefits of curb appeal. Dan’s steely determination and raw talent landed his first achievement award “Top Seed Seller” – the future looked bright! As an adult, Dan has been associated with many of San Diego’s most respected companies: SeaWorld, PSA, USAirways, Loews Coronado Bay Resort and The Rancho Bernardo Inn. During the airline years, Dan was hand-selected for European deployment to select and train staff; launching new international service. The luxury hotel experience required business to business sales, negotiating complex, 7 figure purchase contracts and conducting presentations in front of senior management. A decade ago, Dan stepped into real estate sales. His abilities and achievements in each position are documented with advancement from Account Executive – National Sales Manager – Associate Director of Sales and Senior Vice President of Sales. Dan’s clients complement his communication skills, effective negotiating, and powerful marketing campaigns. Dan invests himself heavily in the success of his clients by bringing in the finest residential photographers, purchasing full color advertising and never cutting corners when it comes to exposing a listing to the largest audience. This commitment to excellence has seen Dan selling from Palm Springs to Carlsbad, Fallbrook to Point Loma and a strong focus in Downtown and Metro San Diego’s historic neighborhoods.

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