As the summer season draws to a close, builders in southern California are getting ready to build what could be a new neighborhood for families and small businesses.
In the meantime, some are starting to think the boom is over.
“It was an amazing time for construction, but now it’s over and I’m not even sure where to start,” said John Boulton, owner of Boulston Homes, which is building a new two-story home for a family in the Central Valley.
The median home price in the San Gabriel Valley hit $8,400 in April, up 4.5 percent from a year earlier, according to Zillow.
Boulton said the surge in demand for housing has been a boon for his business, which has seen demand surge by 25 percent in the past year.
Some residents have already moved to new neighborhoods in the county, including one in San Marcos.
One of Bignon’s neighbors in the city of San Marcos has moved to a more upscale neighborhood in San Jose, and some of his other neighbors are moving to the San Francisco Bay Area.
And Boulson said he doesn’t plan to stop working on the house he’s building in the Bay Area anytime soon.
It will probably be finished in the next few weeks,” he said.
More than 100 people are already living in Boulstons home, but the new construction is expected to take a year to complete.
Even with the increased demand for homes, there are still people who don’t want to move, said Boulsons neighbor, Lillie Johnson.
She has been asking neighbors to come up with ideas to make her own house.
Her goal is to build something that will be sustainable, she said.