Historic trailer park welcomes new 400-square-foot homes

Tiny Hermon homes at Monterey Trailer Park

HERMON —  The denizens of the tree-shaded Monterey Trailer Park, which dates back to the 1920s,  are preparing for the arrival of new neighbors with the installation of a row of tiny, prefab homes on the historic property.

The 400-square-foot homes, complete with porches, were installed on the south end of the park  after  discussions with preservationists and the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.  The city in 2002 declared the approximately 2-acre park in the 6400 block of Monterey Road a cultural historic landmark, which means any major changes must be reviewed by the commission.

The narrow, one-bedroom homes– some with a sleeping loft,  reachable by a narrow stairway — were moved into place this summer and went up for rent last month at $1,800 each.

Real estate agent Claudia Montoya told CBS2 that the tiny homes attracted a lot of interest when they went up for rent. “They have been calling nonstop for applications.”

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  1. Wow, now imagine if our local government would allow each single family-home owner to build a 400 sf. “home” in their backyard that was use-permitted as a regular rental (not a vacation rental). The affordable housing crisis in LA could be greatly reduced and the struggling “little guy” could get a passive source of income to offset their oversized mortgage.

    But instead, the city wants to just charge developers more up-front fees (making those units MORE expensive) so they can use those fees to pay other big developers to build a couple hundred affordable housing units that literally does nothing to solve the affordable housing problem – that’s “corporate welfare” at its best.

  2. We ordered the homes and upgraded them with front porches, central air, all wood cabinets, granite counter tops, can lights, all black appliances, larger closets and more. These tiny homes cost about $75,000 each with all of the upgrades. You can buy a stripped down version for about $50,000 delivered and installed. It would probably cost $100,000 or more to build a 400 sqft guest house or granny flat not to mentions the thousands of dollars in architectural drawings, permit fee’s and months and months of waiting. These homes are called park models and are actually glorified trailers and have to be no more then 400 square feet. Once the units are delivered they literally can be plugged in, connect a water hose to supply the water and connect the waste line to a sewer line and it’s ready for occupancy. Ordered and delivered within 6 to 8 weeks. The units are very nicely done and feel much larger, especially the loft models that have a low ceiling upstairs storage or sleeping area. The high ceilings in the living room really makes them not feel like a trailer.

  3. This is a County ordinance, what happens in the City of LA? The Monterey Trailer park is in the city – what additional hoops are necessary for approval?

    • The city of LA currently has no ADU ordinance in place, so by default state regulations are currently governing. Once the city passes their local ADU ordinance – suprise suprise – more restrictions will be in place. One of them: no ADU’s in hillside areas (wiping out large swaths of LA).

      • They say that they want to deal with the affordability crisis, but their actions seem to contradict that statement at times…makes you wonder.

      • So if you add a granny flat now, it’s allowed in a hillside zone, while if you wait until the city ADU ordinance, it won’t? BTW – thanks for answering my questions.

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