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August 7, 2009
800 square feet: The smallest new house in Sacramento
 Fellow Bee business writer colleague M.S. Enkoji and I saw an awesome site earlier today - an 817-square-foot house in a Natomas active adult community priced at $126,000.
 Earlier this week, a Land Park resident gave us the postcard sent out by New Jersey-based builder K. Hovnanaian, offering three different models in the 800-square-foot range at its Four Seasons community at Westshore. Apparently, the builder is trying to coax some Baby Boomers out of their lairs in Land Park and East Sacramento.

I had never heard of a new home that small in Sacramento, so we got in the car and drove out to see it.Sales consultant Dee Elrod gave us a quick tour of the interior - one great room, one regular-sized bedroom and a bath and a half. It was easily, surprisingly livable. If you're thinking of pets, though, better think bird cage or fish tank. The back patio is tiny.

 I didn't understand the story exactly, but these tiny units were built to fill an irregular lot. So there are no plans by K. Hovnanian to build a tract of them. This is just a handful of models they are trying to sell.

 But it brought up a question: why can't builders add these kind of tiny, affordable houses to the sales mix?  My question of readers: Have you seen anything - new - that size or smaller anywhere else in this region? I'd like to know about that.

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