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5 Reasons ADUs Won’t Destroy Your Neighborhood (And Why They Actually Improve Communities)

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In a world where the average cost for a single-family home crests a whooping 320,000, the need for alternative housing is on the rise for low and middle-income households. 

The unlikely hero of this hostile housing market is ADUs, which have flourishing in popularity, working in tandem to generate wealth while providing accessible housing.

The truth is, ADU’s offer up unrivaled benefits on both the individual and macro levels, cutting costs and creating income for homeowners while fostering sustainable options for affordable housing to keep communities together.

They can generate income for homeowners

For people looking to create passive income that can go to expenditures like costs of living, mortgages, and utility bills, renting a backyard ADU to tenants creates cash flow that goes from the unit directly to property owner.

As the homeowner, you can either take up the role of landlord or have a property management company oversee the leasing, as well as administration and maintenance of the property. 

And within the scope of community, sourcing rental property from established residents strengthens neighborhoods and builds on the connections that tie together local collectives. 

They make communities less exclusionary 

To keep neighborhoods diverse and authentic, communities have had to take tangible, hands-on steps to prevent families from being priced out of middle-income neighborhoods. 

ADUs are an innovative solution for creating affordable, quality housing, one which also combats gentrification, rising real estate and property costs, and the other many challenges that are locking people out of the current housing market.

They won’t affect the visual cohesion of the neighborhood- and can even improve it

The visual aesthetic of a neighborhood can be enhanced by ADUs, and which function the same within the ecosystem of a community as any other traditional home would. Additionally, the majority of accessory dwelling units are located in the back of the property, and are not visible from the street or front of the home. 

They come with a slew of both personal and community-wide benefits 

Honestly, the advantages and payoffs of investing in these units are endless. According to Biz Journals, ADUs can: 

  • Create housing while preserving neighborhood character

  • Prevent urban sprawl

  • Reduce an area's ecological footprint and energy expenditure 

  • Create passive income

  • Increase property values

  • Facilitate multi-generational living 

  • Allow you to downsize within the same community

  • Facilitate low maintenance living-- with the right design, ADUs can be net-zero energy use

  • Provide a cheaper alternative to traditional construction

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