While snapping comp photos in a North Highlands neighborhood today, I came across this house. I thought it was very interesting because the addition is absolutely obvious, don’t you think? It’s unfortunately a bit hard to tell from the angle of the photo, but the 2-story unit with brownish stucco exterior is actually attached to the single-story unit with yellowish siding. Which came first?
Curiosity killed the cat, and it also got to me here. When returning to my office, I looked up this property in Tax Records and Metrolist. It’s interesting to see the last purchase in 2008 as a single-story single family residential property, but it has since been converted to a duplex per Tax Records (hence the 2-story attached addition). The interesting notion too is the effective age for this property. How old is it? Well, the single story unit is roughly 50 years old and the new unit is roughly three years old. If you were asked to give one overall age for the duplex, what would you say? 26.5? ((50 + 3) / 2 = 26.5)
What do you think?