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Homes for sale with a guest unit in Santa Cruz


Many families look for homes for sale in Santa Cruz with a guest unit or a mother in law unit.  In Santa Cruz county we do have many properties like this that have granny units or an ADU (accessory dwelling unit).  Visit here to see a current list of Homes for Sale in Santa Cruz with a Guest Unit

Why buy a home with a guest unit

Having a guest unit or separate unit can be great for several different living situations.  If you do have an elderly parent or 'mother in law' that you would like to live with you but not with you, a separate unit gives everybody their owns space.  With the rising home prices in Santa Cruz, pooling the family money and buying a property together can really make sense.  


home for sale with guest unit in santa cruz


Other families with young children may want a guest unit to house their nanny or childcare provider, again giving everyone their own space and privacy.

In Santa Cruz, the rental prices have risen dramatically as well so having a separate guest unit that you can legally rent out really helps with your mortgage and can help you to purchase a property.

Adding a guest unit or granny unit to a property

There are so many situations for homeowners where having a separate unit or guest home can be really helpful.  If you think that you may want a guest unit or mother in law unit in the future, look at buying a property where the lot is big enough to add a second unit.  The city of Santa Cruz recently voted to decrease the minimum lot size to build a second unit or granny unit from 5000 SF to 4500 SF.  This will open up a lot of properties to the potential of adding a second unit.  Here you can read all about Accessory Dwelling Unit Program in Santa Cruz

Obtaining permits and getting plans drawn up to add a second unit to your property will take time and money but in the long run will increase your property's value.  The permitting process in Santa Cruz county can be tedious at times and be a lengthy process.  If you want to buy a home with a guest unit already in place there are many properties in Santa Cruz that already have existing 'granny units'.  Here is a current list of Homes for Sale in Santa Cruz with a Guest Unit


Contact Jessica Wallace for more information about buying a home with a guest unit in Santa Cruz county at 831.419.9345 or  There are many options for homebuyers that want a second unit or granny unit on their property.



Authored by Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor

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