Cheap apartments open in Hollister for elderly residents - KSBW Monterey

Cheap apartments open in Hollister for elderly residents - KSBW MontereyCheap apartments open in Hollister for elderly residents - KSBW MontereyGround broken on $9.7M affordable, supportive housing development in Canandaigua - fingerlakes1.comThe most affordable apartments for rent in Hancock, Austin - HoodlineCheap apartments open in Hollister for elderly residents - KSBW MontereyPosted: 21 Feb 2020 06:44 PM PST Here's something you don't hear about every day in the California rental market; apartment units renting for about $450 per month.But that's what the going rent will be at the new Sunrise Senior Center in Hollister which had it's ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon.But the 49 unit apartment complex built by CHISPA isn't for everyone. It's for the most vulnerable in society; the elderly, many who are on fixed incomes and one step away from being homeless."When you think about that these are people who have spent their entire life working in our…

'Affordable housing' in Boston really isn't, not for families, councilor says - Universal Hub

'Affordable housing' in Boston really isn't, not for families, councilor says - Universal Hub

'Affordable housing' in Boston really isn't, not for families, councilor says - Universal Hub

Posted: 12 Feb 2020 09:54 AM PST

The City Council will take a look at how to keep moderate-income families in Boston.

Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton), who called for a hearing on the issue, said that the city's current boom in housing construction is failing to free up units for families as expected: Young professionals who were supposed to move into all the gleaming new studios and one-bedrooms are, instead, continuing to share larger units with roommates, because that's all they can afford.

That, in turn, she said, makes it that much more difficult - and expensive - for families with children to find a place to live in the city.

New homes schemes in commuter counties - The Irish Times

Posted: 12 Feb 2020 10:02 PM PST

While a limited number of new homes schemes in the capital might be within striking distance for first-time buyers in terms of their affordability, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow continue to do the proverbial heavy lifting when it comes to addressing the demand for housing of those working in, but priced out of the city.

There are 53 developments to choose from across Dublin's three main commuter counties, with prices ranging from €227,500 for a three-bed house at Landport Estates' Cluain Dara scheme in Derrinturn, Co Kildare, to starting prices of €990,000 for four-bed houses at Glenveagh Homes' Marina Village scheme in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

There's also plenty on offer in between those price points to suit the pockets and the living requirements of everyone from singletons to couples, to families and downsizers.

A Couple Explore the New Developments of Newark. Which of These Homes Would You Choose? - The New York Times

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 02:00 AM PST

Pedro Delgado had long rented in and around Newark. Several years ago, his girlfriend, Vianset Marino, joined him in his most recent one-bedroom, which never felt quite big enough for him, much less for the two of them.

Although they loved the large kitchen, they couldn't put a TV in the bedroom because closets consumed the wall. And even so, "there wasn't enough closet space for me to have a partner who had shoes," said Mr. Delgado, 41.

The apartment also felt dated. When the couple visited friends who rented in newer buildings, they looked around enviously, taking note of the modern finishes. Over the years, "the technology and material has changed dramatically," Mr. Delgado said.

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He knew that several Newark projects in the works could offer more up-to-date living options. So the couple decided to bide their time until they found the right place. They put their furniture and cooking equipment in storage and, along with their Shih Tzu, Prince, moved temporarily to Ms. Marino's former home, a studio in her family's three-family house in North Bergen, N.J.

"For me, it was perfect," said Ms. Marino, 38. "But when you have me, Pedro and our dog, it is not a good situation."

Also, her bus commute to Midtown Manhattan, where she works in commercial insurance, was unpredictable. Sometimes several buses passed by, already packed. On a bad day, the commute took nearly two hours. "One little thing in the Lincoln Tunnel and that's it, you're stuck," she said.

Mr. Delgado's job in commercial finance occasionally requires him to visit the company's Manhattan office. For that, he took the ferry rather than endure the bus ride.

"He was always online, looking at buildings that were going up," Ms. Marino said. "He was sending me specs and layouts, and look at this and that one."

The couple wanted a corner one-bedroom on a high floor, which they thought would be quieter than a unit boxed in by neighbors. Ms. Marino dreamed of a walk-in closet with room for all her work clothes. Mr. Delgado wanted a private balcony or terrace for fresh air.

Their budget was up to $3,500 a month. But they weren't focused on price, and were willing to spend more for the features they wanted.

They discovered that Newark's new and renovated rental buildings came with assorted layouts and plenty of amenities, including common indoor and outdoor spaces. They had little interest in shared amenities, but figured they would use a gym on occasion.

Among their options — all within a few blocks of one another in Newark's revitalized downtown:

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Oakland Tenants On Strike Over Rent Hikes, Shoddy Conditions - CBS San Francisco

Posted: 11 Feb 2020 07:03 PM PST

OAKLAND (KPIX) – Tenants of an Oakland apartment complex were staging a strike to protest rent hikes and the shoddy condition of their living units. But they're taking it a step further by pressuring the landlords to sell the property so the apartment renters can stay in their homes.

The building, located on 29th Avenue, in Oakland, is the scene of the Bay Area's latest tenant uprising. Half the residents in the 14-unit complex stopped paying rent four months ago. Francisco Perez says the monthly cost of his one bedroom apartment has doubled to more than $1,500 in just the last 3 years.

"My fear is, OK, this year I can afford it but next year…what am I gonna do?" said Perez.

The retired roofer has lived there with his wife Graciella for 20 years. He says he had to install the flooring himself and repair the dilapidated cabinets when the property owners refused. But, just like his neighbors, his biggest fear is ending up on the street.

"If I can't stay here I'm gonna have to look somewhere under a freeway or a bridge and there is no more place for us…all them places are already full of people," he said.

The residents have partnered with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, or ACCE, a renter's union that also helped support the so-called "Mom's 4 Housing" when they took over a vacant house in Oakland, late last year. The squatters were eventually evicted but they got an agreement from the landowner to sell the house to the nonprofit Oakland Community Land Trust to be used for low income housing.

"I think it showed the community at large what's possible," said ACCE Housing Organizer Israel Lepiz.

The apartment residents are hoping the same thing will happen on 29th Avenue. So far, $3.2 million have been raised to purchase the building for the Land Trust so the tenants can work a deal to continue renting or, perhaps, even purchase their homes. So far, the property owners have rejected the offer but pressure from the rent strike is being brought to bear.

"The money's there," said Lepiz. "The tenants have done the difficult work of organizing and convincing a critical mass of their neighbors to join this movement. And now, really, the ball's in their court and we hope we can come to an agreement."

The strike is having an effect. Just last week, the owners agreed to meet with the tenants, although the time, place and what will be talked about is yet to be determined. According to county records, the landowners live in Alameda. They did not respond to our requests for comment on Tuesday.

New homes to suit on every step of the property ladder - The Irish Times

Posted: 12 Feb 2020 10:00 PM PST

For first-time buyers

1 Something new in Dublin 22

Kilcarbery is a new development of 1,034 homes in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, designed by award-winning architects BKD, and built on 29 acres of local authority land.

Comprising three- and four-bedroom houses, one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom duplexes, the majority of the houses will be priced at under €320,000, says DNG new homes director, Gina Kennedy. Included in the plans by developer Adwood Ltd, a consortium of established Dublin builders Adroit and Maplewood Residential, are playing fields and a community building that will be handed over to South Dublin County Council, a creche and retail units. The development is located directly off the new R136 link road which is the main arterial route to the Naas Road, and links directly to the M50 and Dublin city centre. Bus routes 51d, 51x and 68 are on its doorstep.

2 Carefree commute in Dublin 24

First-time buyers looking to minimise the hassle in getting to and from work will be interested in two new schemes located next to two stops on the Luas red line.

The homes at City West Village feature reconstituted granite sills, traditional bullnose brick arches and granite paving and larger than standard Edwardian-style windows. This phase of three-bedroom terraced houses will cost from €350,000 while three-bedroom semis will start from €382,500, through agents Sherry FitzGerald. City West Village is across the tracks from the City West campus red line Luas stop where a journey time to Abbey Street in Dublin city centre is about 50 minutes. 

Two stops further out and immediately next to the Luas red line terminus at Saggart, Parklands is a new scheme of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes by Harcourt Developments. The three-bedroom homes at this development extend to 107sq m (1,152sq ft) and are priced from €335,000, while four-bed houses extend to 131sq m (1,410sq ft) and start at €385,000, through Hooke & MacDonald.

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