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Economic Development Update

City of Tehachapi launches "Filming in Tehachapi" on website as Hollywood looks to the hills

COVID-19 has changed how film productions do business. Smaller crews and a limited travel area have made Tehachapi a popular spot recently for Hollywood producers seeking a convenient location for film and television projects.

In response, the City of Tehachapi has launched a website dedicated to assisting site selectors and producers in choosing the Tehachapi area for their production and in turn bringing revenue into the local economy. You can visit the site at http://www.liveuptehachapi.com/440/Filming-In-Tehachapi

Forgotten no more: Builders revive Applewood Estates

For nearly three decades a housing tract at the crossroads of Elm Street and the terminus of Cherry Lane sat incomplete, many vacant lots in this once promising neighborhood sat void of development, void of neighbors, void of completion.

That all changed just prior to the end of 2019 when Aspen II Homes purchased the remaining 17 lots of Applewood Estates that encompasses Elm Street, Sherwood Place and Jonathan Place. Permits were issued and home building in the once forgotten corner of the City of Tehachapi commenced.

"Our goal is to provide more housing within this city at an affordable price," said Nathanael Harbison of OQP Homes, who is representing one of the homes currently on the market. "We have a whole spectrum of buyers under the $300,000 range that can't get into new construction outside of this development within the City of Tehachapi."

The resurrection of this project is unique, the smaller lot design is untraditional, even when it was initially approved in the 1980s. But, with that uniqueness comes opportunity for buyers to capture a piece of a limited new-construction inventory in a very competitive housing market.

Three different floor plans are available to choose from, each landing around 1,500 square feet with four bedrooms, two-car garage and manageable yards. Harbison says energy efficiency is also one of the major selling points for this project, limiting annual expenses with assets such as a tankless water heater and R-22 insulation, which leads to better heat and cooling retention.

The first of these homes is already on the market with others breaking ground shortly. 410 Sherwood Place is listed at $299,000 and includes the aforementioned four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage. Other features include Bianco Swan Quartz countertops and luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the home.

As the only active housing tract project in the City of Tehachapi, the expectation is they will be joined shortly by others who are currently in the planning process and hope to soon break ground providing much-needed housing in one of the most desirable locations in Kern County and the State of California, as seen by the 8% increase in single-family home sale prices over the last 12 months.

For more information about this project, or other future listing in this development contact Nathanael Harbison at [email protected]. Visit http://www.Oqphomes.kw.com or visit OQP Homes on Facebook.

In the news: Palmdale being considered as permanent headquarters for Space Force

If the neighboring Antelope Valley community lands Space Force headquarters, positive economic impact is expected for Tehachapi.

Planning Commission Update: New storage project approved on Tehachapi Blvd.

On Aug. 10 the Planning Commission approved a 73,000 square foot self-storage project on Tehachapi Blvd. next to Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. Read details here: http://www.liveuptehachapi.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08102020-140.

For more Economic Development News visit http://www.liveuptehachapi.com/303/Economic-Development-News.