https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/a...d-Ave-Willow-Glen-12825454.php#photo-15375553A burned-out home selling for $799,000 in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood is quickly becoming a symbol of Silicon Valley's insane real estate market.
Barr says it's the 5,800-square-foot lot that she's selling, and its prime location near a commercial strip lined with trees, cafes and boutiques. The home is adjacent to downtown San Jose, where Google plans to build a new campus.
"Houses nearby have sold for $1.6 million," Barr says. "This is land value at half of that."
The burned-out home on the property isn't scaring buyers away. Barr says she already has 10 people interested and the home hasn't even officially gone on the MLS.
Here's the research that that comment comes from: Homes 'Earn' Minimum Wage or More in Almost Half the Nation's Largest CitiesI saw a comment somewhere online yesterday that San Francisco housing is supposedly appreciating at $60/hour, more than four times the local minimum wage of $14/hour.
I live in a high CoL area of New York, but the salaries don't reflect it. Planning salaries in upstate New York tend to be below the national average -- mine included. Housing costs may seem low by California standards, but non-academia salaries in the region aren't commensurate with housing costs, and property taxes are very high. (About 40% of our mortgage payment!) My wife and I manage to do okay -- own a normal house, go out to dinner, pay for entertainment, etc -- because there's two incomes from professional jobs, and no children. It was really difficult when I was single, though.I live near the SF Bay Area and have friends that live there - the BA is very expensive yes, but average starting wage for professional jobs are six figure. Basically, it's expensive but employees are also well-compensated. If employers didn't compensate accordingly, no one could live there except CEOs and millionaire playboys. Yet, millions live there. TBH, I'm not sure why (good weather?) but they do and they can't build houses fast enough to keep up with the demand.
I live in what I call a "lifestyle city" -- people move here not necessarily for work, but because they find something about the lifestyle here appealing. The county is semi-rural, but voting maps color most precincts deep blue. The area is surrounded by large swarths of state parks and forests. It's one of the nation's leaders for the locavore, farm-to-table, and slow food movements. There's a large population of older original hippies, new agers, and back-to-the-land/permaculture types, many of whom moved here in the 1960s and 1970s. The surrounding county has one of the highest percentage of lesbian residents in the United States -- Hampshire County, Massachusetts and Windham County, Vermont are practically peer communities. (Source: How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities, Japonica Brown-Saracino.) Many of the people that move here are highly educated, but they're not here to work in academia. Many in this group don't mind housing that's fairly rustic, even considering the high price tag. Some seek it out intentionally.Suppression of wages comes when there's an imbalance between worker Supply/Demand. On the west coast, San Diego is a prime example. Everyone from around the world wants to live and work there, so not only can you NOT get a decent job with a college education, but when you do, it won't pay very much. Why? Competition. Literally, people are moving there from the Philippines, India, Europe, etc. and they are competing with you: employers don't care if you're American or local, they only care about bottom-line.
One quirk of the housing market that I haven't seen elsewhere, even in other college towns -- a uniform moving day. Almost all rental leases are tied to the academic calendar, August to July, regardless of whether the intended tenants are townies or students. Deposits are high, and renters have to pay first and last month rent before moving in. Move-in specials are nonexistent. Many potential homebuyers rush to buy a house at the end of summer. We found our ideal house in September, and I had to pay a fortune to break the lease -- didn't get my damage or pet deposit back, nor last months rent, and the best I could negotiate was a two month penalty. Of all the expenses involved in homebuying, about $5,000 went to break a lease.When Spitzer began looking for a house, she realized that the market was lacking in middle-class housing.
“There is a real deficit in medium-priced housing here. There’s a collect of poor quality, older and small homes that sell for maybe $100,000, and then there’s a lot of really expensive houses that are [in the] $500,000 range,” Spitzer said.
Truame said she thinks the housing market isn’t a deterrent to professors because they can afford it. The average professor at the college makes about $100,000 a year, and associate professors make about $80,000, according to data from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her concern lies with the people at the lower end of the income spectrum who can no longer afford to live in Ithaca because of rising market prices.
“People who have been here, with service industry jobs, are getting pushed out of the market,” Truame said.
She said the prices are rising simply because of supply and demand. She said the school districts and appeal of the culture and job market makes many people want to move to Ithaca.
Chris Holmes, assistant professor in the Department of English, moved to Ithaca in 2012. He said many people who wanted to live in downtown Ithaca either thought apartments were too expensive or very run-down. According to Zillow, an online real estate marketplace and database, the median rental estimate for all housing in Ithaca is $1,771 a month as of September 2015.
The only time i miss my hometown is when i see my high school friend's selling real estate and the housing costs are half of what mine are. Other than that, I rarely go back since my mother sold her house in Roseville and moved, however I will be in town for my HS Reunion this year (20 years)
So what do we think of this article and Mr. Falk? I'm in a place where there are similar housing challenges and deficits, a county projected to add 50,000 jobs and only 30,000 dwellings by 2050. It seems like he resigned after being reprimanded for writing a memo in opposition to local control over housing density.
If a professional planner works for a municipal government it's your implied or explicit responsibility to be a conduit for the legal will of your employer. Pay attention and do your best but if you see change that may be needed for the community though they appear not to be ready, don't push it but be prepared.So what do we think of this article and Mr. Falk? I'm in a place where there are similar housing challenges and deficits, a county projected to add 50,000 jobs and only 30,000 dwellings by 2050. It seems like he resigned after being reprimanded for writing a memo in opposition to local control over housing density.
More on point, is the practicing planner supposed to be a pipeline that public will just flows through, or something else? Where does the code of ethics put you compared to what your community says about housing opportunity?
...or be a professional and do your job without imposing your conflicting philosophy. It is possible, and even ethical, to do so. (aka "Suck it up, buttercup.)If a professional planner has fundamental philosophical differences with your municipal employer, then you have to move on and find a different employer or become the developer yourself.
I mean, it's the old AICP exam question where the correct answer is to resign from your position, regardless of any need to y'know, put food on the table.That is presumed in the first part of my post.
I am a proponent of local control, and wished there was better state policies to encourage development. There have been a number of procedural and cost barriers that have made the production of housing difficult, and this recent transformation to a stick approach seems to have missed an opportunity to add some needed carrots first.So what do we think of this article and Mr. Falk?