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Making It in San Diego: Granny flat an option for families

Granny flat Allied Gardens
Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 21:41:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Neighbors in Allied Gardens had a front row seat to a woman’s retirement.

The group gathered outside a home as a pre-built granny flat was lifted into the backyard with a crane.

Tula Striffler chose the option as a way to be close to her daughter.

“I think it’s an economical way for me to still live my life fully and do it on a retirement budget,” said Striffler.

Michael Avery owns Instant Guest Homes. He says many of his customers are using the homes for secondary income, or a way to expand their family’s living space.

“These home are start to finish 90,000 dollars, everything is included except for the permit fees,” Avery said.

Earlier this year, the City of San Diego reduced the cost of granny flat permits, which ranged from $2,000 to $85,000.

After a steady process, Striffler’s home was gently placed in her daughter’s backyard. It includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room.

Mother and daughter are happy to be close to each other, with a space of their own.

“It’s just the two of us so by making it work, we're thrilled.”