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House sells in Santa Rosa for $708,000

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A house located at 427 Alderbrook Drive in Santa Rosa has a new owner. The 1,617-square-foot property, built in 1945, was sold on April 24, 2023. The $708,000 purchase price works out to $438 per square foot. The property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a garage as well as one parking space. The unit sits on a 6,969-square-foot lot.

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Law has streamlined hundreds of affordable housing units in Sonoma County

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Five hundred and twelve.

That’s how many affordable housing units have been approved in Sonoma County under state Senate Bill 35, a 2017 law that made it easier for developers to get entitlements to build below-market rate, multi-unit housing.

Many say the law — which allows developers to bypass certain steps in the process of getting their approvals — is a powerful means to create sorely needed affordable housing for residents being priced out of the county.

In Santa Rosa, for example, four approved SB 35 projects with a combined 336 units of affordable housing represent about a quarter of the affordable units completed within the past two years, currently under construction or approved and pending construction in the city.

“Overall, SB 35 has been an incredibly effective tool when it comes to streamlining affordable housing development in Sonoma County,” said Calum Weeks, policy director of Generation Housing, a North Bay affordable housing research and advocacy group.

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1-bedroom house with pool sells for $480,000 in Santa Rosa

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A spacious house located at 470 Millbrae Avenue in Santa Rosa has a new owner. The 7,705-square-foot property, built in 1946, was sold on Feb. 24, 2023, for $480,000, or $62 per square foot. The property features one bedroom, one bath, a detached garage, and two parking spaces. It sits on a 3.5-acre lot, which also has a pool.

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Windsor is next in Sonoma County to limit rent hikes in mobile home parks

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On the heels of Santa Rosa, the Windsor Town Council voted Wednesday to enact stricter rent control for mobile home park residents, who’ve lobbied officials to rein in rent increases for months.

Windsor is the latest in a growing number of cities across California looking to shore up rental protections at mobile home parks, a rare source of non-subsidized affordable housing, where residents are often older and low-income.

A staff report prepared for the hearing noted that Windsor’s 437 lots across four mobile home parks “represent a significant portion of the affordable housing supply within the Town.”

While occupants own the mobile homes they live in for the most part, they pay rent for the land underneath, and compounding increases have pushed some, especially those who rely on a fixed income, to the brink.

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Mobile homes bolster Sonoma’s affordable housing stock

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When Moon Valley Residential Community lowered the age restrictions for mobile home residents from 55+ in 2009, Robert Caldwell became one of the first of a younger generation to benefit from the affordable home model.

When the Index-Tribune met Caldwell, he was putting away Christmas decorations from his double-wide manufactured home that he bought for $35,000 in 2010. He was jolly talking about the appreciation of his home after his neighbor sold their unit for upward of $100,000.

“For one, it’s cheaper than buying a home, because that’s gotten just ridiculous,” Caldwell said. “I think in the past, if you lived in a mobile park you were considered ‘trailer trash.’ Now, you’re not. A lot of people are buying them now because they’re affordable.”

As the Bay Area grapples with an affordable housing crisis, Sonoma’s young families and low-income residents are finding housing security in mobile homes — otherwise called manufactured homes — as an affordable housing solution thanks to early government protections.

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Planned for two decades, construction begins on Cannery housing project in Santa Rosa

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After more than two decades in the making and several setbacks, construction on the long-awaited Cannery project near Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square has finally started.

The project, being developed by San Francisco-based the John Stewart Company, will transform the more than century-old former fruit-packing site on West Third Street, just west of the SMART station, into 129 affordable apartments.

Work on the 2-acre property began Oct. 31 and building is expected to start in the summer.

The Cannery project is one of the largest planned or underway developments in Santa Rosa and, along with the 5.4-acre former rail yard adjacent to it, it represents the largest such site in downtown. The rail yard property, previously owned by SMART, was sold in 2018 to Petaluma-based Cornerstone Properties, which plans to build up to 500 apartments.

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Model home on display in Wine Country built for wildfire country

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SANTA ROSA — October 8 marked the fifth anniversary of the wildfire that devastated parts of Santa Rosa. For many homeowners, the rebuilding process has gotten off to a slow start. Now a company is showing off a model home that promises to reduce construction time while reducing the impact of future wildfires in the area.

On Sunday, the sign on the street listed the fire hazard as “low,” meaning to some that the impact of wildfires can be “out of sight, out of mind.” Five years after the deadly Tubbs fire, those still rebuilding their homes in the Fountaingrove area are well aware of the situation.

“Where we are in Santa Rosa burned down with the 2017 fire, so just being able to rebuild fast enough is a big part of this as we go forward,” says Kellan Hannah, director of growth and development for a modular construction company called Dvele.

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