The big and the small in San Diego

There have been a number of recent developments in San Diego that people looking for homes for sale in San Diego may enjoy hearing. Here are a few of the top trends in the region:

Tiny house trend
Fox San Diego recently reported on a growing trend in the area: tiny homes. While the economy and local housing markets have been gaining some serious ground lately for their recovery, the recession was particularly devastating, and numerous major metro areas across the country are still working hard to play catch up.

According to the source, San Diegan Candace Vanderhoff recently developed a 64-square-foot "cyber hut." Its walls are made from recycled newspaper, and it also features a green roof and is made to be both fire- and insect-resistant.

While Vanderhoff's hut is used mainly as a meditation room and sits behind her home in the South Park neighborhood, she hopes that locals will actually buy them to make them their homes at some point in the future.

"Next February we're going to focus more on designing and building these small structures primarily for San Diego because of our housing issues," Vanderhoff said, noting that she has observed people living with less. "It's come along with consumerism and people finding out that all their stuff doesn't make them happier."

While a cyber hut may not be everyone's idea of home, as San Diego has struggled recently with low housing inventory and lack of affordable options, more people are going small. A recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune detailed that San Francisco has approved plans to construct a building of 375 micro units, with apartments boasting measurements as small as 220 square feet - noted as the smallest apartments in the entire country.

Big cars, got permits?
Another size-related development in San Diego concerns oversized vehicles. According to a recent article from CNS, the San Diego City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee passed a new two-year pilot program that bans the parking of oversized vehicles on public streets for more than a 72-hour period. In a city that often struggles with congestion and public transportation, this program could very well be a welcomed change - one that improves the quality of living for San Diegans.