Side and Rear Yards

If you live next to a vacant lot owned by a public agency you may be able to buy it for a side or rear yard. You may also be able to buy it at a greatly reduced cost.

The property must:

  • Be vacant without any structure on it
  • Touch the purchaser’s property on a side or rear lot line
  • Be in a neighborhood where the median home sales price is less than $75,000 (a homeowner in a higher-priced neighborhood may be eligible if he/she has lived in their home for seven years and is currently maintaining the lot)

Side and rear yards are eligible for discounted or nominal pricing. The purchaser will be responsible for closing costs. The new property owner is responsible for maintaining the lot per the City code.

To apply to buy a side or rear yard, please find the property on the interactive map and select the “Side Yard” option when completing the form to express interest.

This brochure explains the program.