3 acer piece of land in LA county with a slight upslope; power and water on site. How much on average would it cost per square foot to build?

Asked by Marq, Los Angeles, CA Sun Apr 10, 2011

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Christine Ka…, Agent, Topanga, CA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
Hi Marq, Depends on where this lot is...for Topanga or Malibu I usually start with a rough $300.00 per square foot and then factor in the terrain, the access, the septic or sewer line, etc, etc. Best of luck, Christine
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less.is.more, Home Buyer, Topanga, CA
Mon Jul 22, 2013
Hi Marq, I suppose you're trying to figure a budget.

Basic finishes.
$300 SQ FT
Of course, you can go cheeper by hiring unlicensed subs and using sub-standard materials.

Site Prep is the killer. What type of reports do have in hand? soils?
Water and electric on site is a nice start.
I'd start with a good local architect (not builder). Talk only to pros with solid experience in LA County. Ask for references and check them.
For $250 -$500 an architect will give you basic idea of the site limitations.
If you decide to pull the trigger ask your architect to refer three GCs.
Be honnest with your GC about budget. Take his advice. Limit change orders. Select and order materials in advance. Pay suppliers on time. Be on site frequently. Time is $$$.
Again, work only with crews who have verifiable experience in LA Co.
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Gary Dannenb…, , Topanga, CA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
My final suggestion would be for you to select a local and knowledgeable agent from the specific area where the property in question is located. If the property is listed for sale with a broker you may want to go directly to the listing agent.
Otherwise, you will probably end up getting a lot of conflicting or otherwise non-relevant info from out of the area but nevertheless well meaning agents.
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Emily Knell, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
Contact Paul Kalish with TKR Construction, he's a custom home builder at 562-708-8926.

562-430-3053 cell
Realtor Since 1996
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Shelly M Pal…, Agent, Topanga, CA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
Hi Marq,

There are indeed lots of factors which could affect the final price per square foot to build, but I'm working with someone who is currently building at $200 per square foot. His plans are interesting and his property is located outside of the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission. He is building a modest home with a small quest house. Good luck with your project~!
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Gary Dannenb…, , Topanga, CA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
PPSF varies greatly depending on several factors including the site topography, geology as well as obvious items such as build and finish.
Unless there are plans and permits included in the price it's best to consult contractors and building consultants for answers to that question.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sun Apr 10, 2011
Average to build per sq. ft is based on sq. ft. of the home what materials are used. Speak with home builders for this info.
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