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Ivytaylor24, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

what are the bad things about building on the seaside cliff?

Asked by Ivytaylor24, San Francisco, CA Mon Dec 16, 2013

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Hi,

Interesting question. You will want to follow a lot of the same principals that you would when building any lot that you plan building on. What are the local building codes? Are utilities accessible to the the lot? Are there any environmental impacts that need to be considered when building? How is accessibility to the lot and building site? One of the main issue that you will want to make sure of is soil stability. There may be some significant engineering involved depending on the pitch of the lot and soil stability.

When considering building you will want to work with someone who understand the local ordinances/building codes and who also is familiar with some of the challenges of building on slopes.

Hope that helps!

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
Lic 01715440
http://www.ViewOaklandHomes.com
http://www.ViewOaklandHomesBlog.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 17, 2013
If you are asking the question you likely have a long or short list of reasons why. I'd recommend due diligence in evaluating plots of land for sure. I'd also recommend a risk/reward inquiry to ascertain costs of insurance coverage, investigation of current market inventory of similar properties and new construction techniques over those available. The findings will likely dictate one path over the other. I'd be happy to help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 16, 2013
Steve has identified the issues correctly. And with the cost of building in San Francisco I would give serious consideration to buying an existing home and remodeling or tearing down and rebuilding. Much easier and faster. I live and work here and have experience with developing lots if you want to talk.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group

lance@king-realtygroup.com
415.722.5549
BRE# 01384425
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 16, 2013
Hi Ivytaylor24:

Gravity, erosion and the potential exorbitant cost of the home's foundation!

Seriously, there's a big difference building on a flat lot vs. a home on the side of a hill or cliff. Soil stability; or the lack thereof, will dictate cost of the foundation. You may be able to glean some info on the soil condition at http://myhazards.calema.ca.gov ; however, you probably want a formal report covering soil stability.

-Steve
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