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Old 06-20-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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i'm looking at a large empty lot near the freeway, city of l.a. there is water, sewer, power. i want to live there and put anything liveable.

what do you think is legal or best for me? i'm single so not worried about family at this time.

would it be a mobile home, a cheap little new house? i don't even know who would build it or how much it would cost. but definitely want it all legal.

in a few years i may put a 'real' house there, the neighborhood is good except this lot is on the freeway.

thanks.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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You should check this link out. Some nice, tiny houses:

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Old 06-20-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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If you want to be legal, check with the city first. Verify its zoning first; just because it's in a residential area doesn't mean your lot is zoned as such either.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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i'm looking at a large empty lot near the freeway, city of l.a. there is water, sewer, power. i want to live there and put anything liveable.

what do you think is legal or best for me? i'm single so not worried about family at this time.

would it be a mobile home, a cheap little new house? i don't even know who would build it or how much it would cost. but definitely want it all legal.

in a few years i may put a 'real' house there, the neighborhood is good except this lot is on the freeway.

thanks.

Where exactly is it?
Who owns it?
What is the history? (Old gas station with leaky tanks? Toxicity problems?)
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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You can learn lots of interesting things about the zoning of individual properties in the city of Los Angeles by looking at its ZIMAS system at ZIMAS
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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i'm looking at a large empty lot near the freeway, city of l.a. there is water, sewer, power. i want to live there and put anything liveable.

what do you think is legal or best for me? i'm single so not worried about family at this time.

would it be a mobile home, a cheap little new house? i don't even know who would build it or how much it would cost. but definitely want it all legal.

in a few years i may put a 'real' house there, the neighborhood is good except this lot is on the freeway.

thanks.
You are a brave soul. For starters, is the lot even zoned for a residence? A mobile home is almost certainly not going to be allowed. There's no such thing as a cheap new house in L.A., no matter how small it is going to be. The cost of planning and building a house from the ground up is high. Lastly, if there is a vacant lot in the City of L.A., there's a reason behind it -- most likely an unreasonably high asking price. In all likelihood, numerous professional investors and developers (and even the neighbors) have looked at it and passed, for one reason or another. You should really talk to some contractors/home builders in the area before you spend too much time contemplating the purchase of this vacant lot.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Escondido, CA
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You may be able to park a used RV there.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You can learn lots of interesting things about the zoning of individual properties in the city of Los Angeles by looking at its ZIMAS system at ZIMAS

That's a great tool. Do you know if there is something similar for other parts of Southern California not in City of LA?
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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That's a great tool. Do you know if there is something similar for other parts of Southern California not in City of LA?
I agree ZIMAS is a great tool; however, that is exclusive to the City of Los Angeles. Many other smaller cities will have zoning maps online but nothing approaching the depth and detail of the City of LA's ZIMAS, as far as I have seen.

There are private mapping services but they cost a fortune.
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