Category Archives: Parks and Communities

Planned Communities’ Designed

The second installment in a two-part contribution to MHVillage by Equity Lifestyle Properties.

Stumping the Professionals

With so many advanced mathematical formulas and neat patterns for manufactured home communities, you’d think professional planners in other housing sectors could easily replicate a neighborhood design and get the same results.

They get close, Allan D. Wallis writes in his book “Wheel Estate”, but haven’t figured out how to create the strong neighborhood bonds and sense of community of a well-managed and thriving manufactured home community.

Planner Robert Bair, Jr., one of the authors of “Mobile Home Parks and Comprehensive Community Planning” , stated that mobile home communities might be the last genuine communities in America.

 

Manufactured home communities develop a close-knit neighborliness and camaraderie that is rarely witnessed in gated housing communities and planned suburbs. Simply put, residents in gated communities rarely talk to their neighbors. A third of homeowners say they haven’t met their closest neighbor and 20 percent don’t know their neighbor’s name.

Planners of the modern gated communities, with 4,000 square foot site-built homes, have been trying for decades to get the same results witnessed in manufactured home communities. They have mimicked a manufactured home community’s layout, offered the same amenities, and even used similar lot designs, but still have yet to figure how to foster the social interaction seen in a manufactured home communities.

Hillcrest community Clearwater, Fla.

Of course, community planners can only do so much.

The friendliness and neighborhood cohesiveness that forms so naturally within manufactured home communities says a lot about the people living in factory-built housing.

Popular Manufactured Home Community Designs

Community planners use formulas and algorithms to determine the layout of a manufactured home community. Lot size and home placement is especially important to create a thriving community. Experts have found a few home layouts that work well for manufactured home communities and most of us will recognize them.

Herringbone

The Herringbone design at Island Vista Estates in Fort Myers, Fla.

A community laid out in a herringbone design uses diagonal lots to create a cohesive community that maximizes land use. The herringbone is one of the most popular manufactured home community layouts in the U.S. but it isn’t in the top slot.

Perpendicular

The most common community design is the perpendicular layout. Homes are simply placed side by side. This allows for a front and back yard and allows one end of the home to face the road. The staggered perpendicular layout is similar but the homes are placed on opposite sides of the lots.

Zero-lot Line

The zero-lot line is used less often than herringbone or perpendicular layouts. This design places the home’s backdoor on the very edge of the lot to create a larger front yard, but only a walkway in the back. This design is great for communities that have awesome views such as a pond or beach.

Parallel

A parallel layout places the home’s front facing the road. This placement allows for large lots but requires the most acreage.

The Muramota Cluster

Muramoto Cluster

The Muramoto cluster design is unique. George Muramoto was a popular architect and consultant for manufactured home communities in the 1950s. He created a park design that places four homes within a cluster that share a single driveway. To the unknowing, the community may look scattered and unplanned, but every home is placed with intention. The pattern only reveals itself from above.

 

ELS writer Crystal Adkins has authored more than 500 articles about manufactured housing and has been featured on BobVila.com and USA Today.

Finding a Community for Retirement

If you are looking to retire, there are a number of key details that would narrow your search…

search-retirement-communities

 

Location being one of the biggest — A lot of consumers on our site look to move to warmer climates.

We have quite a number of retirement communities in Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and South Carolina advertising on our site, for instance.

To begin looking for your ideal retirement spot, you might want to start with some state-wide searches on MHVillage and then start to get a feel for the cities that interest you and allow you to narrow your search.

If you go to our home page, get started on your state-wide search via our “Search By State” map.

                 

 

Then we will list to the right all of the home and communities in that state. You also can simply click the area on the map if you know you want to be in a certain part of the State.

 

 

Often times our customers looking to retire will choose the community tab from the top since they are looking for a community that is 55+. The “Showcase” communities on MHVillage have more information included — more photos, more extensive community information and contacts detail.

Each community will list pet restrictions, amenities and activities, and as an option they will provide ways to contact them with more questions. They also will list the homes on MHVillage that are available in their community.

Plus, you can stay posted on homes or communities you like by clicking the “Like” option on the listing. If they update information, photos or lower a home price, you will get an email notification. You also can view your “Liked” listings from your free account on MHVillage.

If you have any questions about shopping for your retirement on MHVillage, let us know!         We would be happy to walk you through the process.

Planned Communities

Part I of a two-part contribution to MHVillage by myMHcommunity.com.

A Few Items About Manufactured Home Communities

Community planners analyze data and use a vast array of knowledge and experience to design every detail of a neighborhood. They use intentional design to encourage healthy neighbor interaction while still providing the residents privacy, security and safety.

Village Green in Vero Beach, Fla.

Everything is considered.

Even the curves in the roads are placed intentionally to slow auto traffic.

Planning communities is a centuries old concept. There is evidence of urban planning dating back to the third millennium B.C. Through the years, planners have established several community designs they feel work best. That’s why we see similar community layouts across the nation; designs proven to create a safe neighborhood with good sociability.

In most cases, planners get the same results when they design similar communities. But there’s one thing that has been stumping expert community planners for decades – How to get their gated site-built communities and suburbs to develop the camaraderie and sense of community that seem to occur so naturally within manufactured home communities.

The History of Manufactured Home Communities

While there are successful manufactured home communities that have thrived without the help of professional planning, the largest and most desirable communities are typically planned down to the smallest detail.

One of the first permanent manufactured home communities in the U.S., Trailer Estates, was designed with the help of a professional community planner. The community was developed in 1955 in Bradenton, Fla. and included 1,451 lots on 160 acres.

The owner of Trailer Estates, a lawyer turned land developer, understood that factory-built homes would become a popular permanent housing choice for millions of families nationwide. He wanted to create the ideal permanent neighborhood that worked well for a variety of families, so he reached out to a professional community planner.

The community they created had all the necessities you could want: a post office, commissary, recreational areas, laundry facilities and even its own marina and beach. They had square dancing on Tuesdays, crafts on Thursdays and ballroom dancing on Saturdays.

Many modern manufactured home communities still offer community activities and great amenities, though ballroom dancing probably isn’t one of them.

The community was so well-planned that it was recognized as a model community and the same design and amenities offered are replicated in several communities across the nation to this day.

ELS writer Crystal Adkins has authored more than 500 articles about manufactured housing and has been featured on BobVila.com and USA Today.

California Tiny Homes

The Tiny Home movement has popped up in Palm Springs.

The first 10 “Micro Homes” are available for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club, 1880 S. Palm Canyon Drive, with option between 600 and 800 square feet starting at $126,000.

The median home price for a single-family home in Palm Springs is more than $500,000.

A tiny home at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, Calif.

About 100 new homes are scheduled to fill the vintage mobile home park in this popular resort community, creating the first neighborhood of its kind in Southern California.

“Palm Springs has a vast collection of architectural and modern homes,” said Paul Kaplan, who heads the agency marketing the homes and community. ” We wanted to do something modern that would fit with the existing homes of the 1960s and 1970s that are in the park.”

These pre-fab style homes are made in a factory with the interiors complete, then delivered to the home site. Once situated, outdoor decks and porches are added. Walkways, driveways, carports, fenced yards and landscaping complete the package.

Designed to avoid being too tiny, the homes are all single level structures, with no ladders or sleeping lofts commonly found in “micro home” designs. The one-bedroom home includes up to 550 square feet of outdoor deck space, that leads to 600-square feet inside with glass walls for plenty of natural light, nine-foot ceilings, sliding glass doors, full-size kitchen appliances and one bath. The 2-bedroom has about 250 square feet of deck space.

Kaplan said he anticipates the community being popular with winter visitors, retirees looking to downsize and some first home buyers. During recent Saturday showings, the community has had about 100 people come through each day.

Placed on a traditional “double wide” mobile home pad, the lot provides room for gardening, grilling, a dog run or other lifestyle amenities rarely found at area condo developments. Kaplan said the deliberately kept the homes slim as a strategy to maximize outdoor space.

The homeowner rents the lot space for $650 per month, about $100 more than the average condo association fee in the area.

Community amenities include paved drives, driveways, walkways and landscaping, clubhouse, pool, grill areas, dog park, gym and common areas.

An added bonus of tiny home living: if you want some new scenery, you can put the wheels back on your home, and tow it to a new locale.

Looking to Sell Your Mobile Home? We Can Help!

Are you looking to sell your home?

couple-home-for-sale

When it comes to selling your home there are so many checklists and details to go through.

Since we are the number one website for home sellers, professionals, buyers and renters in the manufactured and mobile home industry, (We currently have 27,950 homes available for sale or rent, and more than 50,000 visitors shop at our site every day!) we have a ton of resources that can help you along the way.

Free “For Sale By Owner” Kit

mobile-home-for-saleThis kit includes a “for sale” sign with a spot for your MHV listing number and a packet of useful information for selling your home. The packet will include a detailed breakdown of how our website works and how you can get the best out of your MHVillage listing. It also includes some checklists and useful tips when it comes to selling the home!

 

When you list your home on MHVillage you are sent one via the listing process. If you aren’t ready to list but would like to request a kit ahead of time, you can click here to request one.

Mobile Home Book Value

Not sure what to price your home? We have a product on our site that allows you to enter the basic information about a home and then we have certified appraisers review that information to put together the NADA Book Value. 

Now this valuation option is not the same as a full appraisal, since it can only apply a value to the details entered compared to the current NADA Book. However, it’s a good place to start! It’s simple, easy and you can get the base value for the home in the early stages of the selling process.

We offer the Book Value free with a listing, but we also have this product available for purchase if you are not at the point to list the home yet. Here is a link with more details on this product. 

(We also have a great article from earlier this month, which asks if your home is priced to sell.)

Mobile Home Parts

If you are just getting started, then maybe you have a few repairs you would like to make before listing the home. We have an entire page on our site that can connect you with some companies in your area that can help! Click her for more details about those companies.

Customer Service 

We have a friendly staff that is always happy to help! If you are interested in listing your home for sale or rent on MHVillage and have questions at any point, you can always give us a call or an email and we will be there for you!

email: customerservice@mhvillage.com

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Clayton Awards $250k to Industry Nonprofit

Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of the leading builders of manufactured, modular and site built homes, recently announced the donation of $250,000 to Next Step Network, a nonprofit that seeks to provide affordable housing solutions.

Clayton presents Next Step Network with a $250,000 donation to help provide affordable housing solutions. From left, Tom Hodges of Clayton Homes, and Stacey Epperson and Chris Nicely of Next Step.

“Clayton has been a loyal supporter of Next Step’s mission since the beginning,” said Stacey Epperson, president and CEO of Next Step. “By working collaboratively with our nonprofit members across the country, Clayton home centers and manufacturing facilities have helped expand affordable homeownership opportunities for families through the building of new, energy-efficient manufactured and modular homes.”

In order to support nonprofit housing work in communities across the country, $50,000 of Clayton Homes’ donation will be directly allocated by Next Step to their member organizations in the form of small grant funds, meant to provide additional resources to help them deliver Next Step’s Manufactured Housing Done Right® model.

As a nonprofit housing intermediary, Next Step brings together mission-driven housing organizations and industry leaders in factory-built housing to promote the use of manufactured and modular homes as an affordable housing solution. The fellowship with Next Step and Clayton spans more than a decade.

“We believe homeownership makes lives better,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. “With the average new site built home in America now priced at $388,200, we think it is more important than ever to provide an affordable housing solution to hardworking families across the country.  Clayton is proud to support this effort through its ongoing efforts with Next Step.”

Clayton has served as a key ally for Next Step in the manufactured housing industry, providing experience and expertise for both Next Step and their nonprofit member organizations, manufacturing quality, ENERGY STAR® certified homes for Next Step homeowners, and contributing support and resources to help deliver on Next Step’s Manufactured Housing Done Right® model.

The Next Step Network is composed of 50 nonprofit member organizations, serving 29 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2013, Next Step member organizations have delivered 463 new ENERGY STAR® certified, factory-built homes to communities nationwide.