Monica Bushman contributed to this story.
Whether you’re a homeowner looking to monetize your outdoor space or just another millennial who’s pandemic obsession has become scrolling through pictures of beautiful homes you could never afford, you’ll want to pour yourself a cocktail and let your eyes feast on L.A.’s new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) designs.
The concept of ADUs is simple: We all know that Los Angeles is in the middle of a housing crisis. In 2019, Harvard reaserchers deemed the housing market in L.A. and Orange counties, the most “cost-burdened” in the entire country. And despite many attempts at reform, homelessness actually increased by 13% in 2020 (we don’t have complete data yet on how the pandemic has affected this, but it’s not likely to be an improvement).
One way to address this? Build more housing.
ADUs or “granny flats” are a partial solution. If the city can incentivize Angelenos to build more of these back houses and rent them out… we may be one step closer to getting more people housed. ADUs typically rent at below-market