Results for ‘Zoning’ category

When a deal goes bad

If you make enough deals, eventually one goes sour. Here’s one that went sour on me… We were looking into developing some small-lot sub-division homes in Silver Lake. We found a lady selling a house on a properly-zoned ¬†piece of land. We contacted her next door neighbor, whose duplex wasn’t for sale, and convinced him

Good reading on zoning and sprawl

Happy Monday! Have recently read two great, short pieces on the effect of terrible zoning on cities, in general, and LA, in particular: David Leonhardt’s interview with Matthew Yglesias in the Times. Yglesias talks about how parking requirements and artificial limits on density conspire to drive up the cost of housing (and, thus, living) in

Introduction to Los Angeles Zoning

Get it through your head: The land is important! Too many buyers don’t understand that the land component of a property is potentially it’s most important aspect. Why? Well, buildings all fall down in the long run. But land is unchanging and often has potential. What do I mean by potential? Well, in the absense