Exploring the nuances of accessory dwelling units


With the limited availability of affordable housing, there has been much discussion about accessory dwelling units. Examples of ADUs include a pool house, a granny unit and an in-law unit – typically a small house/cottage homeowners build in their backyard.

Transactions for the week of Jan. 22

Los Altos

1005 Border Road, Hennessee Trust to Y. & J. Zhou for $2,708,000

1 W. Edith Avenue Unit C215, Webb Trust to Q. Rhee for $1,000,000

Changes to come

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Baking the world a better place: Local resident opens gluten-free Sweet Diplomacy after long wait

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Sweet Diplomacy owner Melody Hu arranges some of her gluten-free confections on a tray Friday afternoon. Hu’s shop recently opened at 209 First St. in Los Altos.

Six months after Mountain View resident Melody Hu planned to open the doors of her gluten-free patisserie Sweet Diplomacy in downtown Los Altos, she finally celebrated her shop’s soft opening and is refining and customizing her shop’s aesthetic.

Nest Egg Briefs: Understanding the new SECURE Act’s impact

The U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump recently passed the bipartisan Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act as part of another spending bill needed to keep the federal government operating for a few more months. The SECURE Act represents one of the biggest changes to retirement planning since 2010, and though there are some negative elements, on balance it has the potential to improve taxpayers’ ability to save for retirement. Following is a brief summary.

Transactions for the week of Jan. 15

Los Altos

10536 Ainsworth Drive, E. & P. Pitts to M. & R. Padhi for $2,605,000

1715 Christina Drive, K. & D. Conrad to A. Gupta for $2,610,000

1490 Holt Avenue, C. Haber to H. Soedarsono for $3,075,000

2165 Sierra Ventura Drive, W. Morton to N. & N. Anandikar for $2,980,000

1478 Truman Avenue, Goh Trust to X. & Z. Yan for $2,750,000

Los Altos Hills

23445 Camino Hermoso Drive, RC Survivors Trust to T. & A. Mauser for $3,600,000

Mountain View

190 Darya Court, Elibol Family Trust to Z. Yu for $1,180,000

199 Easy Street, CCC Associates to Chang Trust for $2,249,000

656 Emily Drive, P. Rasti to A. & M. Lennek for $1,462,500

2111 Latham Street No. 311, CB Home Developments Inc. to B. Muralidhara for $1,000,000

500 W. Middlefield Road No. 151, T. Koshy to S. Sylvain for $930,000

2284 Mora Place, Lennar Homes to A. & H. Shah for $1,807,500

550 Ortega Avenue Unit B423, O. Ward to Y. Wang for $2,520,000

461 Palo Alto Avenue, 461 Palo Alto Ave LLC to C. & D. Casado for $3,150,000

478 Parvin Drive, F. Ye to Jung Trust for $1,144,000

731 Reflection Way, H. Robertson to B. & A. Erentok for $1,852,000

1730 Rock Street, M. & J. Thomas to T. & C. Nguyen for $1,350,000

3427 Shady Spring Lane, Newman Trust to E. & K. Liou for $2,700,000

2110 Stanford Avenue, Alba Family Trust to S. & A. Raja for $1,258,000


21930 Byrne Court, Vincent Living Trust to S. & Y. Li for $2,250,000

10933 Canyon Vista Drive, Hicks Trust to Hubbard Trust for $2,100,000

7583 Lockford Court, T. Lin to T. & A. Gregory for $1,939,000

10881 Maxine Avenue, Tan Family Trust to T. & G. Jayanna for $1,700,000

22701 San Juan Road, K. & D. Leckrone to N. & A. Sen for $2,260,000

1052 Tuscany Place, A. Harris to M. & B. Yi for $2,200,000


Los Altos

Total sales: 5

Lowest sale: $2,605,000

Highest sale: $3,075,000

Average sale: $2,804,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 1

Average sale: $3,600,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 13

Lowest sale: $930,000

Highest sale: $3,150,000

Average sale: $1,738,700


Total sales: 6

Lowest sale: $1,700,000

Highest sale: $2,260,000

Average sale: $2,074,800

– Cal REsource

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