(Cartoon by the incomparable Ted Rall) Recently, two separate residential real estate clients have called about parcels of residential property next to or adjacent to their houses. These parcels are either vacant land or an older, smaller home in disrepair. They’re worried that a real estate developer will come along, buy the properties for cash and build a mansion which will then block my clients' light, their view, their neighborhood ambience. Could this really happen? Yup. Check out this recent article from the L.A. Times about many residents’ growing frustration.
- If the lot is smaller than 5,000 sf, building on it at all may not be permitted unless a variance is issued.