The perfect solution for your aging parent

By the time you finish reading this article, approximately seven baby boomers will have reached retirement age. As the U.S.’s largest generation exits the workforce, new retirees should be allowed the freedom to be near family, and live life to its fullest.

In California today, however, housing prices are high and growing higher. 39-percent of Bay Area residents are now considered “cost-burdened”–meaning over 30% of their income is dedicated to housing costs alone–and the problem is far more dire for those no longer in the workforce. With an estimated 8%+ rise in California housing prices over the coming calendar year, grandparents are being left out in the cold, forced to move far away from their children and grandchildren simply in order to afford the costs of living. A dollar today simply doesn’t go as far as it once did, and families are being stretched because of it.

Too often today, getting to see your grandkids requires more than just a short walk down the street or a short drive to the next town over–nowadays it takes hours-long drives or even flights.  But is it really so much to ask, that family get to live near family?

Here, finally, is the solution: SonderPods.

SonderPods are the most cost-effective way for elderly individuals to live comfortably, in close proximity to family. And the concept is deceptively simple.

SonderPods are high-quality modular accessory dwelling units: in other words, they’re luxury guest houses, at less than half the cost. You can have your new SonderPod ready to go in just two weeks’ time—a functioning, prefabricated, fully-furnished home, dropped right into your backyard. That means baby boomers can finally live close to family while maintaining the independence of having their own home.

If you’re still not convinced, consider this: the average cost per square foot of constructing a new building in California today averages at around $400. For higher-end and smaller projects, this number can jump as high as $700 or more. SonderPods are built to the same code and standards as any other home, for just $250 per square foot installed. That often double the rate of return on your dollar.

Are you, or a relative close to you, retiring or planning to retire soon? There is simply no better, more fiscally responsible way to start a new life in the Bay Area, nearest to the ones you love, than with SonderPods.

If you are still saving for your retirement, our blog post on how a SonderPod can help you enjoy a better retirement years earlier is a must read. Click Here!

Not all homes meet the criteria to be approved for an accessory dwelling unit so we have created an ADU Approval Checklist that covers the major requirements for approval.  Your SonderPod team can also pre-qualify your home in just 48 hours. To find out if your home qualifies, Click Here!

***Certain restrictions may apply, as SonderPods require a predetermined amount of available land, and must qualify under all relevant California law.

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  • mimi amaral November 15, 2018   Reply →

    Can these unites be installed in other states as well? I am considering moving out of California and this would be a perfect solution. How does the water and sewage get hooked up? Is it also hooked up to the main house lines? Do we need a permit from city to do this on property? How much are permits?

    • estevenson November 15, 2018   Reply →

      Hi There!
      As an approved factory-built housing company in California, we are just servicing this state currently but we will service other states soon.

      Yes, the units are connected to the local utilities.

      Yes, you need a permit but it’s a fairly straightforward process as there is a specific allowance at the California level for the approval of accessory dwelling units (ADU). We can pre-approve you in about 48 hours by confirming that your property meets all of the requirements for approval. All we need for the pre-approval is the address of the property in question.

      Thanks for your interest!


      • Kelly November 17, 2018   Reply →

        Can these be used as the only/main dwelling on a propery?

        • estevenson November 17, 2018   Reply →

          Yes, they can. The approval process to use these as an accessory dwelling is more simple than it is for a primary dwelling but our units are built to the same code and standards are any custom built home.

      • Will Valle December 2, 2019   Reply →

        Are these pods best used for elder parents or grannies or can they also be used for income rental? That is, do you have any other models, specifically a 2 bedroom model? Thank you

        • estevenson December 2, 2019   Reply →

          Yes, of course Will! We’ll email you

      • Randy Konigsberg January 1, 2020   Reply →

        I’m considering Prescott Az. As Caifornia prices are sending me out of My home state! Please let me know, the possibilities, as I am 70 in years.

        • estevenson January 14, 2020   Reply →

          Hi Randy, we’ve sent you an email. Let’s see if we can keep you in California!

  • Debbie November 17, 2018   Reply →

    What is the average cost per living unit? Is it expensive for the utility hook ups?

    • estevenson November 18, 2018   Reply →

      Hi There, the SonderTwo which is a two bedroom, 750 square foot mini home complete with kitchen and bathroom has an introductory price of $89,995 plus installation, foundations (I&F). We quote for each home but on a flat lot we suggest you allow $15,000 for I&F and if it’s a hillside lot it’s better to allow $25,000.
      The good news is that part of the new law for these units is that the utilities cannot charge expensive new connection fees. So the cost depends on how far the unit is located from the existing dwelling on the property.

  • Patti November 17, 2018   Reply →

    Do you have a one bedroom floor plan?

    • estevenson November 18, 2018   Reply →

      Hi Patti, we are developing a one bedroom version that will be released in the new year. I’ll make a note of your request and email on a floor plan as soon as we have it finalized. Thanks!

  • Katrin paulsen November 18, 2018   Reply →

    How much ?

    • estevenson November 18, 2018   Reply →

      Hi Katrin, the SonderTwo which is a two bedroom, 750 square foot mini home complete with kitchen and bathroom has an introductory price of $89,995 plus installation, foundations (I&F). We quote for each home but on a flat lot we suggest you allow $15,000 for I&F and if it’s a hillside lot it’s better to allow $25,000.

    • Tessie Barrera-Scharaga December 31, 2019   Reply →

      I’m interested in a one bedroom unit.

      • estevenson January 14, 2020   Reply →

        Sorry it has taken a while to come back to you Tessie, we’ve just emailed you details on the one bedroom SonderOne

  • Vicki Lo November 28, 2018   Reply →

    How do I contact your company for more detail?

    • estevenson November 28, 2018   Reply →

      Hi Vicki! We’ll email you now!

  • Ramona November 28, 2018   Reply →

    Do you have different sizes?

    • estevenson November 28, 2018   Reply →

      Our first unit is the SonderTwo which is a 750 square foot two bedroom pod. But we do have a smaller one bedroom unit in development called the SonderSuite.This will be around 590 square feet.

  • DiAnne Durossette November 29, 2018   Reply →

    Hi, Do you pay property taxes on these homes?
    I really like them and it could work for our parents

    • estevenson November 29, 2018   Reply →

      Hi DiAnne, it depends on where you are located. We’ll send you an email now to help you further on this.

  • Maria November 29, 2018   Reply →

    I’m about to acquire a property with 2 homes. One is manufactured homes that I plan to demolish. Is this modular home a good replacement home. There is already a foundation. How much will this cost

    • estevenson November 30, 2018   Reply →

      We would need to see the foundation that you have there but we should be able to use that and save you some money. We’ll email you shortly with more information. Thanks!

  • Jeff November 30, 2018   Reply →

    How much clearance and space do u need

    • estevenson November 30, 2018   Reply →

      Hi there, generally you need a space which is a minimum of 24 feet x 45 feet. But we’ll confirm that when we qualify your home. We’ll email you now to confirm the requirements for your home. Thanks!

  • Mozzie November 16, 2019   Reply →

    Can these pods be delivered to Nevada?

    • estevenson November 16, 2019   Reply →

      Hi Mozzie, we are a certified factory built housing company in California only at this point. We can let you know if/when we expand to other states.

  • Maria Barovero November 16, 2019   Reply →

    We would like to know about the one bedroom.too.

    • estevenson November 17, 2019   Reply →

      Sure thing, Maria. We’ll email you some information

    • Rhonda L Thomas November 21, 2019   Reply →

      Oh I love it. It’s perfect for what I need. Curious if you could do 2 story home or bigger. It would be for me in my son’s back yard, with my 3 small dogs. Just wanted a little more room.

      Thank You!

      • estevenson November 24, 2019   Reply →

        We just do accessory dwelling units at this time but you can combine 2 or more SonderPods to make a larger home. Here is a video on how two SonderPods can create a 3 bedroom home.

  • Jamie Michaels November 16, 2019   Reply →


    • estevenson November 17, 2019   Reply →

      Thanks, Jamie! We’ll email you directly.

  • Ronald Tomlinson November 17, 2019   Reply →

    We have a lot located in Washington near Aberdeen. Do you have this for the locations in Washington state?

    • estevenson November 17, 2019   Reply →

      Hi Ronald, we are only in California at the moment but we’ll hopefully be expanding later in 2020. We’ll let you know when we do!

  • Kevin Rivard December 1, 2019   Reply →

    We are in Richmond. Would have the space but would need to clear cut our back yard of two shed and a walnut tree. Dealing with City of Richmond can be awkward. Does Richmond area qualify.

    • estevenson December 1, 2019   Reply →

      It sure does, Kevin. All of California is covered by the new ADU laws. We’ll message you with next steps.

  • John Reinhart December 15, 2019   Reply →

    How much $

    • estevenson December 16, 2019   Reply →

      We just emailed you, John. Thanks!

  • Jamie Michaels December 16, 2019   Reply →

    Interested in building an ADU in my yard

    • estevenson December 16, 2019   Reply →

      We just emailed you, Jamie.

  • Gary December 16, 2019   Reply →

    Can pods be put on pier and post. I have property in a flood zone

    • estevenson December 17, 2019   Reply →

      Yes they can, Gary!

  • Patricia Furger January 3, 2020   Reply →

    Jim allowed a 880sq ft “granny” unit on my property…very interested…please send info & would love to C U in Rohnert Park

    • estevenson January 14, 2020   Reply →

      Sounds great, Patricia! We have emailed you!

  • Tor Anjou January 3, 2020   Reply →

    Great idea. Can I see floorpan?

    • estevenson January 14, 2020   Reply →

      Sure thing! We have emailed you!

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