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Roomy 3 Bedroom ADU Rental in Cardiff

Starlight Drive, Encinitas, CA 92007

Homeowner Story: Generate rental income

Other Features: Deck

Special Circumstance: Septic, Coastal Zone

Status: Completed
3 Bed
2 Bath
999 ft 2
One Story

“I talked to SnapADU maybe 30 times throughout the process… and then there was this beautiful home in my yard.” – Zach Adamson

This family purchased the property and began renovations on the main home, while working with SnapADU on the design and permitting for a 3BR/2BA ADU. Once the main home renovation was completed, the family moved back onto the property and watched the rest of the build of their ADU. The project was in the coastal zone and also included septic, which had to be coordinated across both the local jurisdiction and the County of San Diego.

“SnapADU was really good on the communication and just keeping you on track with the project. They were on budget, on time… I think they even came in ahead of time of what they originally projected. You can just tell everyone is trained really well. Every single team member along the way had a great attitude, was all over it, great on communication. I don’t know if I got the special treatment or what, but it felt like it, so it was awesome.”

Floor Plan:

3BR/2BA 36×31 L-Shape

Perfect for a small family or a rental, this unit features a primary suite plus two more bedrooms with hall bath (optional access to second bedroom). A slider opens onto an optional patio space. With room for an 8′ island, the great room has plenty of space.

Build Cost: $340K
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The Encinitas ADU Guide

We have many projects in Encinitas and we know the city’s regulations and processes very well. Encinitas has some of the lowest permitting fees in the area, averaging just $2-4 per square foot of space for ADUs. We are also seeing fewer requirements for minor use permits in the coastal zone. Encinitas has also put out “permit ready” plans (PRADU), which some homeowners have found helpful as a starting place for their ADU designs.

The greatest attribute of Encinitas is that nearly all plan check and building permit fees have been waived for ADUs. Also, while much of Encinitas is located in the coastal zone, ADUs do not require extensive coastal permit requirements, meaning there is little to no added time or cost for coastal.

What about Encinitas Permit Ready Accessory Dwelling Unit (PRADU) Program?

You may have heard about the City of Encinitas having a permit ready ADU program (PRADU). Under the program, the city offers a handful of floor plans that may be used by the public.

However, these plans require property-specific modifications and additional documentation to meet full permitting requirements. While initially seeming cost-effective, pre-approved plans may not offer significant savings due to construction costs and potential design adjustments needed for your specific site. Based on our experience building several PRADU plans, the permitting time for these plans is also not any different than other ADU plans.

For a detailed exploration of using pre-approved ADU plans and their implications, read more about the considerations for using pre-approved ADU plans from cities.

Learn more about building an ADU in Encinitas