Joanne Sullivan, a founding member of the Ashby Village organized a workshop on accessory dwellings. The event drew over 100 members of the Ashby Village who are all interested in creating a way to remodel or add-on to their home to create a new affordable apartment or cottage that they can share with family, friends or an affordable tenant.
One member of the audience immediately signed up to start a design project specifically because she has worked in social work her whole life and she wants to
Another member is looking to downsize to a backyard cottage so her children can afford to move back to Berkeley from out of state. There’s no way her children can afford to live her without pooling their resources with their parents.
Another member of the audience works for the UC Berkeley retirement association – a group that organizes 10,000+ UC retirees.
This is what a grassroots movement looks like. We suspect this is what the future of housing looks like and these are the people who will define the future.
People in the audience asked the following questions:
1. How does an accessory dwelling or ADU effect your property taxes?
2. How fast can you build a detached accessory dwelling?
4. The average cost of building a house in Berkeley.
5. Who are you guys and what is this all about?
6. I have a 2-bed house, what is the best- raise the house or add the accessory dwelling? What is the cost? Am I allowed to have ADU?
Answer: Every home is better with a detached accessory dwelling. It’s more private, more flexible, you can collect better rents, you feel like you have your own home when living there.
Costs vary, we can share completed project costs.
Yes, you are most likely allowed to have an Accessory Dwelling. The State of California gave you the right to build one!
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