Frequently Asked Questions About What We Build


Where do you build houses?

Habitat builds houses throughout San Diego County, wherever we can get land donated or sold to us at an affordable price. Property must be affordable, available, and "building-friendly." We have to select our lots carefully. If a lot requires significant improvement such as extensive grading, retaining walls, public improvements, a sewer line connection, etc., the cost of the project rises above our budget and makes the homes unaffordable.

We have built homes in San Diego, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, Lakeside, and National City.

What are the houses like?

A standard Habitat home is simple and decent.  They are approximately 1,100 -1,300 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Four bedroom houses are constructed if family size meets certain criteria set by Habitat. Habitat provides new appliances and landscapes the front yard.

Do you refurbish homes?

San Diego Habitat kicked off a successful rehab program in 2010,where we acquire existing homes, refurbish them, then sell them to low-income families. 

How long does it take to build a house?

It normally takes 8 to 10 months to build a house. Remember, our homes are built by volunteers. The skill and availability of the volunteers can have an impact on the time it takes to build a home. 

How much does it cost to build a house?

In San Diego, it costs approximately $250,000 to build a home.  Due to our fundraising efforts, corporate partnerships and volunteer labor, we can limit the expenses in order to make our homes affordable for families in need.

How many homes are available?

San Diego Habitat anticipates building 30 new homes over the next several years!