Two houses, one lot
February 7, 2013 3:42 PM Subscribe
I've noticed something kind of unusual in many of the residential houses in San Francisco. Often times there's a primary residence facing the street (for example a three-story Victorian) and then a second, more modern building in the back yard (like a one- or two-story cottage). There's a second street number and usually a little gate to access the back building. It seems like a different family occupies the back unit than the front unit (and the front unit is sometimes further subdivided into what I assume are condos). A bunch of naive questions:
posted by 2bucksplus to home & garden (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
What are these buildings called?
When were these built and was it just empty backyard at some point?
Is the reason purely economic and do they sell the back unit (and land) or just rent it?
Do they share any maintenance costs, as a coop might?
What is the arrangement - does someone have access the remaining yard or do they share it?
In some cases it looks like there's only a normal door-sized gate for access. Isn't it a pain in the ass to bring anything large to the back unit (for example, when the house was built or during renovations)?
Does it feel sort of weird?
Any anecdote would be welcome.