Mapping Which of Your Neighbors Have Ridiculously Low Property Taxes
-from Curbed LA
PropertyShark has put together ultimate nosy neighbor map, showing property tax rates for every parcel in Los Angeles. (Dark blue means rates are below $1.00 per square foot, dark red means rates are more than $10.00 per square foot, with gradations in between; the full legend is below.) California’s Prop. 13, which severely limited property tax increases starting in the early 1970s, has kept huge swaths of the city in that low blue range, but the most egregious underpayers are definitely golf courses. The LA Country Club in Westwood pays just 55 cents per square foot on nearly five acres of its land (a small piece has a higher rate); the Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park pays 72 cents per square foot and the Brentwood Country Club pays $1.98.
Meanwhile, some owners do not or cannot pay their tax bills and 2,725 of their properties will be auctioned off at the 2014 LA County Tax Sale on October 20 and 21 in Pomona. PropertyShark also has a map of those properties (60 percent of which are just open land). The median starting bid is a low, low $7,424.