Aspen Road

Habitat Greater San Francisco, in partnership with Bolinas Community Land Trust, is bringing two more affordable homes to the Bolinas community in Marin County. Two homes were completed nearby in September 2023 (shown above), and these two homes on Aspen Road will be completed in 2024. This partnership with the land trust is unique, Habitat Greater San Francisco is the only affiliate in the state currently undertaking such a partnership. It is one way in which we are seeking out innovative approaches to bringing more affordable homeownership to our region, in ways that fit each community.

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A New Approach

Our construction phase started on the two prefabricated homes, built by Villa Homes, when they were delivered to site in November 2023. Since then, the team has been busy completeing the foundations and making great progress on the interiors.

When building homeownership opportunities there are several key factors to consider. Among them, of course, affordability, the needs of the families who will live in the homes, sustainability and building to suit the community in which the homes will sit. Utilizing prefab construction, in collaboration with our partners, we are able to streamline the entire homebuilding process to deliver affordable, secure and beautiful homes. This has the added benefit of creating minimal disruption to nearby families, since the homes are built offsite and the onsite installation is relatively fast and neighbor friendly. We are able to overlay our tried and true “sweat equity”  homeowner and volunteer model doing all landscapes and hardscapes and adding beautiful fences and decks. The result, beautiful homes in a beautiful coast side community.

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The Housing Need

In Bolinas, housing expenses exceed the national average by 201%. In recent years, more than 50 homes have been removed from the long-term rental market, instead being marketed as short-term Airbnb rentals and vacation homes. This shift has created a challenging situation for Bolinas residents who can no longer afford to live in their existing school districts or stay within a reasonable distance of their jobs. To combat this displacement, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, Villa, and Bolinas Community Land Trust have completed construction on a series of detached housing units using prefabricated construction methods. (Two of those homes shown at right.)

Habitat GSF homes at Overlook Drive in Bolinas

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“With our partners, we are helping local families stay in the community they know and love. These are families with preschool-aged children who can now put down roots and build equity that will last for generations.”

 

Maureen Sedonaen, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

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