How has the pandemic changed real estate in California?


Since the start of the pandemic, much has been written about its effect on the way people live. It has taken many forms, with particular attention paid to the ways remote working has prompted many people to relocate – sometimes for a lower cost of living, sometimes for a change of scenery. However, the way in which this phenomenon manifested itself in California is particularly remarkable. Why? Amidst housing markets that remain competitive, a number of Californians have chosen to relocate while remaining in the state.

Considering the size of California, this is not that surprising. But a new article in the Los Angeles Times by Sarah Parvini offers an in-depth look at how the movements of the pandemic era are reshaping the state.

The article cites El Dorado County in particular as a destination for many Bay Area residents seeking, as Parvini puts it, “affordable homes, well-rated schools, and access to fuel.” air ”. The article also cites a statistic indicating that the area northeast of Sacramento has grown the most since the fourth quarter of 2019.

At least in El Dorado, the influx of new residents has not been without problems. This manifests itself somewhat in tensions between the more conservative residents of the county and the more liberal newcomers; it also involves some class questions.

Unsurprisingly, there is also an element related to climate change, namely the threat of forest fires. Seva Rodnyansky, assistant professor at Occidental College, told Time that, as the area becomes more populated, “it is likely that there will be more houses in the hills or in the forest and this will continue to increase the risk of fire”. It is a reminder of another cause of alarm likely to endure even after the end of the pandemic.

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