SAN JOSE — A Bay Area company on Monday installed a prefabricated home in the backyard of a San Jose residence Monday, the first of two installations in that city this week in a push to help ease the region’s housing crisis.
Redwood City-based Abodu has fashioned prefabricated homes with a starting price of $189,000, offering a turnaround time of as little as 12 weeks to complete and install in the backyards of San Jose residences, the manufactured housing company said.
The shortest turnaround time of 12 weeks is available only in San Jose. That’s due to San Jose’s brisk planning process for backyard units, Abodu said. Turnarounds are longer in other Bay Area cities, according to Abodu.
One San Jose residence where Abodu has installed a backyard home — officially known as an accessory dwelling unit — is a house on South 12th Street in San Jose.
On Monday, a crane lifted the prefabricated home over the street and a house before the unit was nestled into the backyard of the home.
The installations in San Jose this week involve the latest Abodu product, a studio that totals 340 square feet, the company said.
Abodu said it has installed in San Jose several one-bedroom one-bath ADUs with a size of 500 square feet.
In 2018, the city of San Jose issued 190 permits for accessory dwelling units. In 2019, the city issued 400 such permits, an increase of about 111%, or more than double.
In March 2020, Abodu received around of seed capital investment totaling $3.5 million.
John Geary, Abodu chief executive officer (L) and state Assemblymember Ash Kalra (R), and an unidentified Adobu employee (C), stand inside a prefabricated home that has been installed in the backyard of a San Jose home on South 12th Street. A Bay Area company on Monday installed a prefabricated home in the backyard of a San Jose residence Monday, the first of two installations in that city this week in a push to help ease the region’s housing crisis.
The homes typically arrive on a truck and are installed using a mobile crane.
On Monday, within a few minutes, a crane hoisted the accessory dwelling unit over South 12th Street while the homeowners, neighborhors, Geary, and Assemblymember Kalra watched, guided it over a residence, and then lowered it gently into the backyard of the residence.
Afterwards, the family living in the primary house walked through the studio unit, which will have a shared yard with the main residence.
Subsequently, Kalra, Geary, and others walked through the studio.
It’s simply not possible to develop high-density residential towers in every part of a big city such as San Jose, the assemblymember said.
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