Mobile Home Parks.... Preserve Or Destroy?

Mobile Home Parks....

Preserve Or Destroy?

 

Are The Ole Gray Mares Still What They Used To Be?

 

 

All too often local jurisdictions, communities and developers are quick to pull the plug and DRAIN THE SWAMP. Not so fast! Read this with an open mind before you decide. The pressure is on for all jurisdictions to comply with the State of California affordable housing mandates. It may even be time to start rethinking mobile and manufactured home park communities.

 

Mobile Home Park Communities 

are the last bastion of affordable housing anywhere.

Be it on a sunny surf beach on the north San Diego Coast

or in a picturesque desert setting in  Barstow. 

 

There's no way to create a higher and better use per square and cubic foot than an existing late '60's-'70's mobile home or trailer park. You can demo and scrape them to the ground, re excavate and graade, put in new pads,  infrastructure,  new hard scape, landscape, new anything habitable by man et.al. and make it pencil for the next 50-100 years. LEAVE THEM BE & REBUILD THEM.

 

 

Today, mobile/manufactured home park developments cost less per square foot per ca pita than any other housing in the Country; Possibly the World! If we're sincere about our housing crisis (shortage) let's start reconstituting the thousands of mobile/manufactured home park communities and the millions of mobile/manufactured homes we have throughout America. We might even revive some good ole American history the process.

 

Add to that today's LEEDS & GREEN manufactured housing technology and you just can't beat it. Whether you live in a manufactured home park community or live in a manufactured home in your own backyard, they are now part of our construction and real estate fabric and will be part of American culture for decades to come. 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • April 30 2018 04:55AM

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Another idea.... In NJ, there are piles and piles of shipping containers - 40 feet long. I wonder how hard it would be to convert those to decent homes that could be used somewhere. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 5 months ago

Good morning John. Properly managed and maintained mobile home parks are indeed an affordable alternative. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

While on the coast last week, I found these delightful little cottages along the water in Capitola.  I could happily live in one, but doubt because of their location that they are affordable.

http://www.myrljeffcoat.com

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

We still have some mobile home parks alive and well in our area.  Some have gone by the wayside though.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat  those units in Capitola ~  are a hotel at $ 400 a night during weekends.

 

I love your stacked condo photograph John DL Arendsen  I know a couple people who own mobile home parks that charge $900 a month for space rent, not affordable unless you can regulate the lot rent.  It seems as though building new on raw land might be more affordable, but where in California??? 

Posted by Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady (Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans) 5 months ago

Hi John DL Arendsen I know you have a dog in this fight, but your idea is good just the same. The problem as I see it in San Diego County is that there has been a major push by speculators to buuy up ALL of the existing parks. And they have either raised the rent through the roof or scraped the land for re-development.

The idea is good, but I'm afraid it won't fly.

I think the ADU solution is our best bet.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 4 months ago

No doubt about ADU's Bill Roberts I'm in the thick of that as I write. In fact CREST BACKYARD HOMES & SILVERCREST MANUFACTURED HOMES & ADU'S is hosting a factory tour. Looks like a lot of folks are very curious about factory built products in general and these tours are becoming very popular. Here's the INVITATION. This one is full but you can add your name to the wating list or sign up for the June 23rd tour.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 4 months ago

BTW, Bill Roberts to my knowledge there's only been one MH park closed down in the past 40 years in San Diego and that's the one on the bay next to Fiesta Island. Closing down MH parks is like pulling hens teeth. A lot of developers have gone down that road only to be stifled by State and local jurisdictions who covet their MH parks because it helps maintain their affordable housing requiremets. If you know of any others I'd sure like to know about them.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 4 months ago

Well John DL Arendsen I guess you are right. That MH park in Mission Bay is on property owned by the city of San Diego and it has taken them over 30 years to get the tenants out. OMG.

But the others that you cite have decided to just raise rents through the roof. They are slowly but surely getting everybody out. As you know, the landlord "accepts" their old mobile home when they leave, and then the landlord "rents" it out. I think that in time they will be able to re-develop these parks.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 4 months ago

John DL Arendsen Thank you for the invitation, but since I have been to that factory (SilverCrest) before, and I spent some time in the industry as a factory salesman, I think it would be better to keep the space open for a real customer.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 4 months ago

Sounds good Bill Roberts Thanks.  BTW, the tenants have the right to sell their homes to other prospective tenants. the park owner does not take possession of them unless they go into foreclosure.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 4 months ago

Well John DL Arendsen you are being too kind to the owner/speculators. When they raise the rents the tenant has the choice of paying it OR MOVIING OUT. But the cost  of moving the house is generally more than it is worth. So the park owner allows the tenant to sign over their house in lieu of being evicted. Here in Escondido where I live there are many parks where the park owner now owns most of the houses.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) 4 months ago

That happens with folks run in arears on their rent and the park owner/manager foreclosed on the home to salvage his back rents. Not an unusual scenario at all Bill Roberts 

But on the other side of the coin folks who are no delinquent have the right to sell their home without any interference from the onwer/manager. That stated there are a lot if not most rent/lease park communities that will require the home be replaced with a new one when the old one is deemed unsafe or un inhabitiable. 

Frankily I'm all for that idea. It's called gentrification. As long as we're going to have rent/lease park communities we might as well continue to keep them in as good of condition as possible. Thre are a number of what we call in the industryl "TOILETS" that should be closed down but then we're back to dealing with the Mobile Home Residency Law and Relocation.  It's certainly a merrygoround. 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 4 months ago

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