I have a buyer client who would like to buy a home with living quarters (aka a guest house) for their aging parents.
They can go up to $500,000 and would like to be on at least an acre in either Eagle or Meridian.
They would like separate living quarters with a kitchen, living area, bedroom, and full bathroom.
600 to 800 square feet of living area would probably work.
Sounds reasonable, right?
Well, it isn’t easy, thanks to a variety of reasons.
You wouldn’t believe the myriad rules that apply to separate living quarters in Ada County and its various cities.
There are regulations pertaining to zoning, attached vs. detached quarters, square footage, kitchens, and other features.
Naturally, the rules are inconsistent when considering properties in a city vs. Ada County.
To further complicate things, many homes are in subdivisions that have CCRs that prohibit having more than one living dwelling on a lot.
We’ve been looking for a year or more with no luck so far.
Interestingly, I have run across several such properties that were created without governmental approval and are illegal.
It shouldn’t be this difficult, given the number of families who are interested in this living arrangement.
I was told, yesterday, that the City of Eagle is considering a new regulation that would allow separate living quarters under certain circumstances.
If it passes, it’s a step in the right direction, but it would not remove the provisions in subdivision CCRs prohibiting guest quarters.
In the meantime, we will keep on looking.