Affordable housing in Sonoma County has been a hot issue for the past few years. With the median home price soon to pass $500,000, low and medium income families have resorted to apartment living in order to work and live in Sonoma County. This is a huge concern for businesses that rely on labor, service and administration personnel to operate within the high-priced community, not to mention the quality of life that is sought by people who work here but can not afford to purchase a home here.

The city of Healdsburg has addressed affordable housing and is offering a solution in the form of a silent second deed of trust to help homebuyers purchase affordable housing. Rich Ryan Construction has recently begun a 15-home project located in the northern foothills of Healdsburg. The homes will be situated upon terraced pads on a picturesque hillside cul-de-sac and range in size from approx. 1,200 to 1,400 square feet.

“Projects like this will allow police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and others in the work force to purchase a home in the community they work in,” says Ryan. Rich Ryan Construction specializes in spec and custom homes, additions, remodeling and custom cabinetry.

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Rich Ryan Construction has been in business for over 30 years and has worked with LeDuc & Dexter on commercial and residential projects in the past. “With this subdivision we’re working in phases and we have engaged LeDuc & Dexter to work with us because they have the manpower to handle each phase of this project.”