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The Cheapest Homes in California

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I’m not going to lie to you: the prices of homes in California are flat-out expensive. You’ll find your occasional good bargain, but if you’re moving from any other part of the country (besides the New York City area) to most parts of California, the prices you’ll have quoted to you are probably going to take your breath away.

When I say real estate in California is costly, I’m not just talking about Hollywood or Bel Air or the nicest parts of San Diego and San Francisco. I’m talking about all over and on a general basis. The fact is, California is the most populous state in the United States (by far), with California’s 55 votes outranking #2 place state (Texas) by 17 votes and dwarfing New York State and Florida’s 29 electoral votes. California has a lot of people, while more people want to live on the West Coast all the time.

So the price of homes are costlier on average in the cities of California than just about anywhere you’re going to look, whether you’re looking in Long Beach or Anaheim, Oakland or Bakersfield. When you get into the heart of cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco, or near the beachfront properties in Los Angeles or San Diego, the prices are going to skyrocket. Keep that in mind when shopping for cheap homes to buy in California.

Cheapest Homes in Los Angeles

The cheapest home I found listed in Los Angeles is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with 572 square feet selling for $69,900 on East 117th Street. Another house about that size is a 576 square foot single-family home on Hooper Avenue in LA. This place has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and has an asking price of $89,900.

Most of the cheaper houses I’ve found in the City of Angels are nowhere near as inexpensive. For instance, I found a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence on Weigand Avenue with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,174 square feet. This house is selling for $154,900. I found a HUD home selling for a hundred dollars more, ($155,000–another home had a $123,000 price tag, but it was exclusive for government agencies and non-profits). The 155-grand house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is found at 1125 East 114th Street.

Croesus Avenue has a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home selling for $109,000. Croesus Ave also has a $115,000 home selling with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a rod iron fence around small yard. The Santa Rosalia Drive Apartments has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with $133,560 asking price. On 5th Avenue, you’ll find a small but pleasant-looking 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with a yard, layered walkway and palm trees in the background. This home sells for $169,000. Grape Street has a 2 bed, 1 bath, 940 square foot single family home selling for $118,800. If you’re looking for a home on Compton Avenue, you’ll find a house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms fitted into 1,486 square feet of living space. This home has an asking price of $100,000.

Another cheap home I found is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath place on East 106th Street. This foreclosed home is selling currently for $94,900. You can find a home with a rod iron fence around it on East 101st Street with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a price tag of $148,000.

Cheapest Homes in San Diego

The cheapest residences to buy in San Diego are condominiums. Most of the residential houses are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the condo is a less expensive, trendy way to live. One of the cheapest places to buy I found in San Diego is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condominium with 670 square feet at Hotel Circle’s S Unit C3. This San Diego condo’s asking price if $99,900. On Nile Street, you’ll find the Unit 3 condo is on sale for $124,900. This condo has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 782 square feet, and a one-car garage. On Beadnell Way, you’ll find a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo selling for $139,900. Ask about Unit 1 at the front office.

Paseo Cardiel has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit selling for $149,000. You’ll also find a home listed online under a McClintock Unit address which says it’s selling for $551. A quick perusal of the listing shows that the square football on the place is 551 square feet, so unless this home owner has a quirk about selling his or her home by $1 per square foot, I would expect a more substantial price. Carmel Mountain Road has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo selling for $124,000. This condominium has 798 square feet in it. Among homes, a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom residence on Scripps Westview Way is about as cheap as they come. This foreclosed place is selling for $135,000.

San Jose’s Least Expensive Homes

San Jose is the third-largest city in California, behind LA and San Diego. San Jose has more people than nearby San Francisco, even. Unlike many of the big cities in Southern California, you can find homes selling for 5-figures in the San Jose area. For instance, a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,344 square foot residence on Ford Road (at unit 34) is selling for $89,900. On Nicholson Lane, you’ll find a 3 bed, 2 bath trailer home selling for the same price: $89,900. At Senter Road, you’ll find what appears to be a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo selling for $149,000.

Inexpensive Residences in San Francisco

The price of housing in the Bay Area can be outrageous at times. The California real estate market has long been out-of-touch with most of the other regions of America. Even in the biggest economic downturn in decades, the price of real estate remains significantly higher than in most parts of America. As an example, Lobos Street in San Fran has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house selling for $209,000.

20th Avenue Apartment E has a 1 bed, 1 bath unit selling for $232,000. If you asked anywhere near that in most parts of the country, they would laugh you out of the room. In comparison, the 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom house on Sagamore Street which is selling for $295,000 seems like a real bargain.

You’ll find a lot of properties listed on certain foreclosure listings online (upwards of 200), but most of these classifieds have a suspicious amount of detail (or lack of detail). When a small home on Franklin Street has a listed price of $985,000, you have to wonder what the price are on all the San Francisco house listings where they don’t want you to know the price.

Even on the HUD website, I wasn’t able to find information. Despite having hundreds of properties listed for California, not one appears to come up in a search of the HUD classifieds for San Fransisco. To find the cheapest homes in San Fransisco, you may have to approach things the old-fashioned way–through a realtor or realty website in the Bay Area.

Cheapest Homes in Sacramento

The same cannot be said for Sacramento. California’s state capital has a significant number of cheap property listings. HuD has a number of cost-effective housing options which are significantly lower than what you’ll find in most of California’s bigger cities, though the prices are still nowhere near as low as you’ll find in the Midwest.

HUD featured a $141,500 asking price for a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house at 520 Tenaya Avenue in Sacramento. At 1827 Jamestown Drive, HUD is selling a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for $92,000. The price on this house just was lowered recently. Both the Jamestown Drive and Tenaya Ave homes are extended listings. A two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house at 8857 La Riviera Drive is selling for $60,000 exactly. The price on this residence was recently lowered.

Frenso’s Cheapest Home

Fresno, the largest city in the San Fernando Valley in central California, has much cheaper housing than in Southern California around Los Angeles or San Diego, and certain cheaper than you’ll find in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fresno is the 5th largest city in California by population, so the job market should still be significant.

You can buy a house on East Franklin Avenue with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 938 square feet for $42,400. This house has a yard and a chain link fence. North Ezie Avenue has a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with 1,436 square feet selling for $79,900, while you can find a home on North Harrison Avenue with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom fitted into 1,080 square feet selling for $74,900.

Look on East Holland Avenue and you’ll find a home with 3 bedroom and 1 bathroom in 1,026 square feet selling for $64,900. Look on South Maple Avenue and you’ll find a 3 bed, 2 bath home with 1,434 sq feet and an asking price of $74,900. A two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,085 square feet house on East Iowa Avenue has a price tag of $49,000, while an East Floradora Avenue home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom has an asking price of $54,500.

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August 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 am

Refs, Fridges or Refrigerators: How Do They Work?

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The main principle of household freezers, refs, fridges and the like is the process called the vapor compression cycle. This said cycle involves a circulation of refrigerant (like the haloalkane refrigerant called the R134a).

When R134a go into a compressor assuming the form of a low-pressure vapor or a little beyond the temperature of the interior of the refrigerator, the process of vapor compression cycle begins.

As the vapor is compacted it exits the compressor taking the form of a high-pressure superheated vapor. This superheated steam or vapor journeys below pressure via tubes or coils composing the condenser. As the steam passes by this compressor, they are inertly cooled through exposure to air in the room. Then the condenser would cool the vapor and then translated it into a liquefied form.

The refrigerant breaks out the condenser though it is still below pressure but a little bit above the room temperature. The liquefied refrigerant is now strained via a gauging apparatus known as the expansion valve to a low pressure area. The process of the abrupt decline in pressure flashes the evaporation portion that comes in an explosive like manner. The dormant heat now is immersed by this flash evaporation. This then is drawn from the closest liquid refrigerant. This development is called the ‘auto-refrigeration’.

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October 10th, 2010 at 5:50 am

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How to Build a Windmill

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A windmill is a device used to change wind energy to useful power through the use of a rotary movement and variable vanes or sails. Windmills were originally employed for grinding grain however, as people have changed to more interested with protecting the environs and discovering sources of environmentally friendly power, windmills have increased in fame.

You might think constructing a windmill of your own is too expensive but you have nothing to be concerned about since you can build a windmill yourself for approximately $200 and the long term savings a windmill will give you will be well worth it. So if you are curious about building a windmill of your own here are a couple tips for assembling a windmill around 5 feet tall.

How To Build A Windmill

Required Tools




Required Materials

cement and sandbags

Plastic PVC pipes

Nuts and bolts


A generator


A mounting

Batteries and an electronic control system

2×4 board


Heavy sheet aluminum


As with many other things you can procure windmill blueprints or kits to lessen your work. The plans will give you intricate steps for building a windmill and will include a exhaustive database of required items to construct a windmill. A windmill kit will entail plans as well as all the materials you need to make the windmill so you will require nothing but a few tools. If however, you opt to make a windmill with no extra assistance then here is what you have to do.

Let’s begin with the generator; some persons prefer to make their own generator but an easier alternative is to purchase a permanent magnet DC motor. You want a motor which will create good current at a low rpm level; a 30 volt motor rated at 325 rpm ought to turn out around 12 volts thus a motor like this would be ideal.

For sails/blades you may buy pre-made blades or create blades out of wood, aluminum or PVC pipe. To see just how you need to cut the PVC pipes visit one of the websites online such as that will give you precise guidelines on what to do. Once you have cut out your blades using a saw, use the sander to smooth the edges of the blades to make them even more efficient.

You will need a hub to bolt the blades to and to secure the motor to, just about any flat disk about 5 inches in diameter will do. Drill 2 holes, one below the other through the blades and drill matching holes into the hub, next use the nuts and bolts to fix the sails to the hub.

The windmill segment is now complete however, you need a mount to secure it to. Strap the motor to one end of the piece of 2×4 board and use a piece of PVC pipe to cover the motor so it is shielded from rain. Lastly fix the heavy sheet aluminum to the opposite end of the 2×4 board to work as a tail for the windmill.

For a tower use a PVC or aluminum pipe; bury it in the ground and concrete it into position, use sandbags to additionally secure the tower in position and then place the windmill on the tower.

Purchase a wind power control system for moving energy from the windmill to the batteries, from any Alternative Energy store. You need electrical cables to connect the windmill to the power control; run the cables from the windmill down through the tower and join it to the power controller. Now it’s time to try out your windmill.


Bear in mind that the taller a windmill is the more wind it will catch. As such you want your windmill to be above any potential obstacle.

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May 10th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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How to Build Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen cabinets add value to a residence along with providing a lot of useful storage space however, they can be really costly. Nevertheless if you have previous skill with woodworking you can build kitchen cabinets on your own and get rid of the cost of hiring a professional; here’s how.

How To Build Kitchen Cabinets

Required Tools

Table Saw/circular saw

A doweling jig or a horizontal boring tool




Clamps for gluing


Required Materials

Cabinet grade plywood for carcass (frame)

Plywood for door, false front insert and kick plate face

1″ x 6″ oak for face frame





Finishing nails (6d)

Self drilling screws

Drawer materials and slides (if needed)

Counter top materials


The base for the cabinets should be 3¼ inches high and the size ought to be that of the floor of the cabinets without the sides, front and back of the cabinets. Use the table saw or a circular saw to cut the plywood to the necessary size and nail it all together.

Use the cabinet grade plywood to create the floor of the cabinet and use a bit of glue and some finishing nails to join it to the base. Next glue and nail the sides of the cabinet to the base, using the clamps to keep them in place while you drive the nails. Ensure that the carcass is properly squared. You can now install any shelving you intend to include.

When the carcass is completed move on to the face frame; cut the oak wood to the desired length and then decide where the dowel holes will go and set out the face frame and the stiles (vertical pieces) to ensure that everything fits properly. Use the doweling jig or horizontal boring tool to drill the necessary holes for the dowels you are using. Place wood glue on the stiles, dowels and in the dowel holes and then place the dowels into their selected holes using the mallet to seat them properly. Use the clamps to keep the assembly together until the glue dries and everything is dried in position.

Drill holes along the top, middle, bottom and sides of the face frame to hold it to the carcass. Apply glue to the edges of the plywood (the carcass) and the face frame and use clamps to keep the face frame in place. Ensure that the face frame is correctly aligned before tightening the clamps. Then nail 6d finishing nails into the pre-drilled holes to keep the face frame in position.

You can choose to buy pre-made doors or you can make them too. As with the face frame use dowels, clamps and glue to put the doors together, however, for the doors you have to use the router to make a slot for the door insert. Glue, clamp and nail the drawers together as well and install the slides for the drawers and doors.

Put in the door inserts and sand down all the segments of the cabinet and then put in the doors and drawers. Fill in all nail holes with wood dough and put on whatever finishing touch you wish like stain, varnish and polyurethane.

Put in the drawers, doors, knobs, handles, hinges and put the cabinet in place. Use a drill and the self drilling screws to hold the cabinets to the wall and lastly, install the top of the cabinet and you are finished.

Tips and Warnings

Use a clamp to secure a ruler or other straight item onto the plywood when cutting to function as a guide.

Any height or width the counters are to be, build the frame about ¾ of an inch lower and narrower so that the cabinets are the designated size when the doors and counter tops are attached.

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May 10th, 2010 at 3:10 am

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Best Glass for a Greenhouse

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A greenhouse is a structure built to accommodate growing plants. Greenhouses are often called glasshouses because the roof and the walls are regularly made of glass or plastic. The structure gets heated by radiation from the sun which warms the plants and the soil inside the building faster that it normally would outdoors. This is because the heat is captured inside the building by the roof and walls. Greenhouses provide the ideal state for plants to flourish as it shields them from pests and severe weather conditions.

Once you build a greenhouse, the walls and roof are the next things to be taken into consideration. You may use glass or plastic. If you choose to use glass, you will require a special type that insulates and protects the plants from the sun’s rays by preventing ultraviolet rays to shine through. This option is normally more costly than buying plastic. The building has to be sturdy enough to support the additional burden of the glass. One benefit of using glass is that it is enduring than plastic. Double pane glasses offers extra insulation and barr more sunlight. Frosted or hammered glass distributes the light within the building. The finest type of glass to use is low-e style panes because they minimize ultraviolet rays and traps more light. The goal of the greenhouse glass is to serve as a barrier to air flow trapping energy within the greenhouse. The air near the ground is heated and is prevented from rising and leaking from the greenhouse.

Besides glass, plastic is the other matter used in greenhouse covering. There are two forms that are regularly used. They are:

Smooth transparent sheets of polyethylene and vinyl film – commercial mabufacturers have a tendency to utilize this kind since they find it useful and economical for fast formation to accommodate more plants or seasonal plants. In this instance, the use of long-enduring material is not essential. These kinds are simply added to the frame of the greenhouse.

Ridged and special types, for example, Fiberglas, Al-synite and Mylar – they are more costly but are the finest choices when it comes to strength and staying power. Assessments have proven that they will last up to 25 years. They do not require shading and are resistant to severe weather conditions like hail or snow. These kinds are inappropriate for plants that thrive from disclosure to the sun but are ideal for orchids, anthuriums and ferns among others.

Using plastic on a greenhouse has benefits. It is lighter than glass, is reasonably strong and is shatterproof. It is also resistant to weathering, translucent to light and is not normally damaged by rodents or termites. Plastic greenhouse transmit approximately 40% of heat when likened to glass and will not decay. Some plastics transmit up to 80% of ultraviolet rays. This is superior when likened to glass. The only disadvantage is that plastics provide unsuitable ventilation.

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May 3rd, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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Corner Unit

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Have you ever question why corner units have become so popular?  Many traditional furniture ranging from small display units to TV stands are being manufactured as corner units.  The corners of rooms are difficult complicated to fit useful furniture into.  On numerous occasions we have useful corner space being wasted.  This is where corner units become handy and this is also responsible for the increase in corner units on the furniture market.  There are varieties of corner units to suit the various areas and requirements of the home.  Even organizations are now utilizing corner units to conserve space.
Here are some of the many varieties of corner units existing today:
1.    Corner Shelving Units
Sometimes we have our little items that we use from time to time.  Having them scattered around the home can be very untidy so we sometimes store them away anywhere.  However, when we need to use them we have to hunt for them which is rather time consuming.  A corner shelf can solve that dilemma.  They come in different sizes to suit your particular needs.
2.    Corner TV Stand
Most people spend hours watching TV.  With the continuous advances in technology, you will find more than a TV for entertainment in a normal home.  There is of course DVD players, stereos and home theatre systems.  The avid TV-watcher would love to have all these devices connected and in one area.  Plus, with all the extra wires from these devices, you need a way of hiding them.  Having a corner TV stand would do just that.   You can now set up all your entertainment equipment on a corner TV stand and hide all the wires in the corner.  Most power outlets are located near corners so that is also an advantage.

3.    Corner Desk Units
Even offices are making use of their corners by purchasing corner desks.  If you work in an office, you are familiar with the scenario when a desk is occupied by computer, printer, phone and other necessities.  These occupy useful space that could be used for other purposes. With the right corner desk you can make use of the extra desk space.
4.    Bathroom Corner Unit
These can definitely make a bathroom appear neater by having things arranged using the different corner units available, principally if the bathroom is small.  They range from corner linen units for storing towels, corner shelves for storing toiletries and corner sinks.
5.    Kitchen Corner Units
Don’t know where to store your pots, pans and other items?  Now you can buy different corner units for your kitchen.  You may even have your cupboard built in the corner to effectively use space.
6.    Corner Display Units
If you like to collect valuable items to put on display you could certainly use a corner display unit.  Some are very tall and slender with shelves so you can adorn them with your antiques.

7.    Corner Book Shelves
Don’t know where to store all those books you have lying around?  Get a corner book shelf.

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March 9th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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Live in Royal Style – Build Your Own Castle

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Castles have always been historically linked to the monarchy that ruled a specific region. They were from their inception an expression of wealth and power. In modern times they are not instantly associated with monarchs but still do hold a similar sense of veneration. In fact, people from all over still glorify the beauty and stateliness that may be found with a well built castle. If you would like to construct your own castle there are a few things you will be required to do to make this dream a reality.

Required Tools and Materials


Heavy machinery


Stone cutters






1)Before you can proceed you will need to obtain the required paper work. To do this you will need to contact your local government or state building agency to find out what the exact requirements are. These will usually vary by state. In general you will be expected to meet safety standards, get environmental clearances and so forth. Do not begin building your castle until you have obtained the essential documentation and permits. Begining without proper clearance may lead to fines and certain penalties, which could include the destruction of the newly erected structure.

2)You will need to figure out how much you will be spending on the castle. This amount will best be calculated by the professionals including the engineer and contractors. Basically you will receive a breakdown of the amount of material you will need to finish the structure. You should always make allowances for additional material. It is not abnormal for the pre-determined amount to surpass expectation.

3)You should choose a site that has a large acreage of land and good vegetation. The best place for a castle is subsequently the countryside. The more attractive the area the more appealing the castle. This simply means the castle will seem even more inviting and prominent amidst bountiful fields and meadows. However, you should still choose a location that is near enough to present day conveniences.

4)You will need to make a moat. No castle could be complete without this notable feature. Once you have dug the moat combine the cement, gravel and sand to form concrete and place around the edges to hold its completed structure in place. You can add fish and stones to your moat to make it more visually interesting.

5)You can start to build your castle by creating a solid foundation. A large cement mixer can be used to lay down the concrete at the core of the structure. If you would like a courtyard place a bit of dirt in an appropriate area, preferably in the centre of the foundation.

6)Based on the blueprints, the stones can be arranged using mortar or cement to secure them. The stones you choose should be very large and uneven. Once the stone walls are completed you can install the doors, guard towers, windows and so on. Your castle should now be complete.

Tips and Warnings

1)Look at castle designs from many different locations. You can incorporate specific features and create a look that involves many stylistic features. There are older modeled castles that used only holes for doors and windows, however if you would like the extra privacy that windows will provide then indicate this in your plan.

2)You should determine where you will install the water and electrical conveniences before proceeding. When the castle is completed the wiring can be installed. Be certain to check that the wiring is working properly before you begin using the electricity in the castle. It is best that you use a professional to perform the installation of all electrical wires.

3)Get the highest quality materials available to increase the lifespan of your castle. Employ the best people to help you build your dream home as this will save you money in the long term.

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February 28th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

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