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Pack Your Clubs – Buying a Home in 55+ Golf Community

55 Golf CommunitiesRetirement – a time to relax and enjoy the good things in life. If one of your passions is golf, you might want to check out all the amazing amenities offered by senior manufactured home communities. Here’s just a taste of some of the gorgeous 55+ communities across the county that have beautiful homes with golf carts in the driveway!

Fairways Country Club – Orlando, FL: Located in sunny Orlando Florida, Fairways Country Club has an 18-hole golf course, a pro shop, three swimming pools, two tennis courts, a fishing lake and pond, three clubhouses and a fitness center. Of course Orlando is home to a number of theme parks and vacation destinations, so it is an incredibly popular destination for all ages!

Golf Vista Estates

Golf Vista Estates – Monee, IL: While many of the 55+ golf communities are located in Florida and Arizona, wonderful golf locations exist in the Midwest as well. Located in Chicago’s Southland area, Golf Vista has a 9-hole course, pool hall and community center with a fitness room. With home prices ranging between $12,000 and $44,000, this affordable 55+ community has a lot to offer retirees!

Gorgeous location in Casa Grande, AZ

Palm Creek – Casa Grande, AZ: Palm Creek has a renowned Par-3 course for your golfing pleasure. They also offer more than 165 activities per week – so you are sure to stay busy. They have everything from state-of-the-art pickleball courts to stained glass and painting workshops. Located in Arizona’s “Golden Corridor”, Casa Grande is only 40 minutes south of Phoenix and an hour north of the historic districts in Tucson.

Golf carts in Shalamar Creek

Schalamar Creek – Lakeland FL: Ron Garl designed the 18-hole championship course at Schalamar Creek. They have tournaments year round for fun, trophies and even cash prizes. Schalamar Creek is a great location for golfers and bird watchers alike – this 55+ Golf and Country Club Community is located alongside the 750-acre Saddle Creek Park, a protected bird sanctuary. While playing a round of golf, many interesting birds may be seen. Lakeland Florida has a legendary historic downtown area and is known for antiques, architecture and gardens.

The on-site golf course at ViewPoint

ViewPoint Golf Resort – Mesa, AZ: This beautiful 55+ retirement mobile home community offers you an on-site golf course, shuffleboard and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a fitness center, billiard facilities, and a community swimming pool! Plus, Mesa is known for its beautiful weather. With better than 300 days of sunshine each year, it is a great place to play year round. Not only is there a golf course on site at ViewPoint Golf Resort, Mesa is home to some of Arizona’s most well known golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye.

Water Oak Course and Restaurant

Water Oak Country Club – Lady Lake FL: This gated community not only only boasts an 18-hole golf course, it also has four tennis courts, bocce, horseshoes and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The 300 acres of fields, trees, lakes and winding paths are a plus. Lake County also is known for camping, kayaking and wonderful fishing. It’s only an hour north of Orlando, so tourist attractions for the family are close by.

This is just a sample of some of the wonderful opportunities manufactured home communities offer for retirement. Social activities, pools, great locations with beautiful weather, and fabulous courses to practice your swing!

 

Looking to Retire? How to Find the Perfect Active Lifestyle Community for You

Searching for a quiet place to retire?

Looking for a friendly neighborhood that offers an active lifestyle for adults?

Have an empty nest and thinking about downsizing?

Manufactured home communities have long been a haven for people looking for these features. Age qualified communities, sometimes referred to as 55+, or the less flattering “Senior Communities” are whole neighborhoods devoted to catering to the retirement aged adult.

There are many details that go into picking your dream retirement home, and of course, one of the first is the location. Many retirees are looking for sunshine and mild breezes, and there are certainly a plethora of 55+ Communities in Florida, Arizona, Texas and other warm weather states. But these types of communities can also be found in the Midwest and Northern regions.

Pools and waterfront at Forest Lake Estates in Zephyrhills, FL

If you see your days lounging on a dock sipping a cool drink under the sun, then you will want to look at the retirement communities that have waterfront lots. Play golf? There are communities near golf courses – and some even have their own greens!

Perhaps you want a home in a quiet neighborhood, nestled near a wooded path for nature walks and quiet evenings watching the sun set. There are communities near parks and in more rural areas.

It’s not just the city and state the home is located within that matters, the Community the home is in can make a world of difference.

Jamaica Bay, a gated 55+ Community, is in Fort Myers, FL

Don’t forget the Community Amenities!

Some communities are perfect for the social butterflies looking for a community that comes with planned social actives in the clubhouse. Others might be looking for pools and saunas, billiard tables, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, tennis or pickle ball courts. Or, perhaps you prefer a gated community with a library and a sitting room. Or a combination of all of these!

Tennis courts at Viewpoint Golf Resort in Mesa, AZ

No matter which lifestyle you are seeking, we are here to help you find you perfect home in your ideal retirement community. Did you know with MHVillage.com, you can search for communities on our site and narrow listings down to those that offer the amenities you envision?

Plus, if you have a fur-baby that will be making the move, you can narrow your search to only include communities which allow pets!

How to Find the Perfect Retirement Community for You:

Choose the “Communities” option on the left side of our website, then select “Find a Community”

From here you can type in some of your preferred features and narrow your search results to show only communities that interest you.

Once you find the communities you like, contact them directly through their ad with questions or to set up a tour.

Our website is designed with you mind, so let MHVillage help you narrow in on your dream retirement!

If you have any questions about how our site works or if you would like some assistance navigating the search options,  you can contact our customer service, were a representative would be happy to help.

Thinking of Buying? Nine Things to Know First!

Considering buying a manufactured or mobile home? Before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should know and some research you should do. Here is a list of some important things to consider before you start to shop.

1. Know where you want to live.

Do you want to purchase a brand new home and have it moved to a site? Or are you looking to purchase a preowned home? There are a wide variety of options for manufactured home living. Some homes are on land you own, others are in communities where the land is leased and you pay a monthly fee. If you wish to own your own land, your first step is to check on your local area zoning laws – these vary by area. You will also need to look into water, electric, gas and sewer connections with local utility companies. If you move into a manufactured housing community, these will be taken care of for you. In addition, communities frequently offer many other amenities like pools, clubhouses and snow plowing, (Each community is different, so check with the managers to see the benefits of each one.

2. Plan ahead for how much home you’ll need.

Consider how many people will be living in the home, their ages, their requirements and how the rooms will be used. Do you have small children? Need a home office? Have a lot of overnight guests? Before you start home shopping, take some time to think about your current – and future needs. Manufactured homes come in a wide variety of designs. Square footage can be from 900 to 2,500 square feet – make sure you have the room you need.

Tip: Manufactured Floor Plans.com is a great site to learn about home floor plans and new homes.

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Find Your Retirement Home on MHVillage

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Manufactured home communities are a great option for those considering retirement. Many retirees are looking to downsize – after the kids have moved out, the family home may feel too expansive. Manufactured homes come in a variety of sizes, from cozy park models that make great vacation properties to multi-section homes with open floor plans and plenty of space.

Many states, especially classic retirement destinations like Arizona and Florida, have communities specifically for the 55+ set. These communities often have special amenities, social activities and services designed for their residents enjoying their golden years.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

On MHVillage you can easily search for communities using our Advanced Search tool. This tool lets you drill down to exactly what you are looking for.

Some of the optional search terms are:

  • Only Age-Restricted/Retirement Communities
  • Only Resident Owned Communities
  • Communities with a Pool
  • That have a clubhouse
  • That allow pets
Click "Watch This" to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Click “Watch This” to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Once you find communities you like, you can also see the homes they have available. Or, if you are just doing some research and plan to buy later, you can click the Watch Community button on any community and be emailed whenever a new home listings is added to that community.

* Please note that MHVillage tries to have the most updated information – but you should contact the community directly for more information about the properties they have available and rules and regulations.

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

 

Mobile Home Buyer’s Guide and Home Shopping Tools

BY: DAWN HIGHHOUSEHome for Sale

Planning to find the perfect manufactured or mobile home for you and your family? MHVillage can help! There are over 27,000 homes listed for sale or rent on MHVillage.com, plus we have a number of tools and guides to make the home hunting process a little easier.

Free Mobile Home Buyer’s Guide

Start by downloading our Mobile Home Buyer’s Guide. It includes great information for those starting the home search. It has articles including “The Buyer’s Guide to Low Cost Financing” and “The Manufactured Home Buyer’s Inspection Checklist and Buyer’s Checklist Tips.” It also has sample forms, like a seller’s disclosure statement and a sample purchase agreement. You can download the guide on our website by clicking here: Buyer’s Guide and QuickFacts.

Search Tools For Finding the Perfect Home

We also have a number of ways you can search for homes for sale or rent. You can look by city and state or zip code, and then narrow your results by All Ages or Senior Communities, Communities that Allow Pets and more. (Click here to see our Advanced Search page.) Here’s the best part – you can set up Home Alerts to notify you whenever a new home that matches your criteria is added to the site! With these alerts you’ll know right away when a new listing that matches what you are looking for is added to MHVillage. (You can cancel the alerts at anytime.)

“Like” a Home or “Watch” a Community

Click this button to save any home listing to your account.

Click this button to save any home listing to your account.

See a home that catches your eye? Click the “Like this Listing” button to save the home to your account. You’ll be emailed if the seller lowers the price, has an open house or updates the listing.

Have a few favorite mobile home communities where you know you’d like to live? Just click “Watch Community” on any mobile park page on MHVillage – we’ll let you know whenever they add homes for sale or rent to our website! It’s an easy way to keep an eye on areas where you want to live.

Click this button on any mobile home community to be notified when they add home listings to MHVillage.

Click this button on any mobile home community to be notified when they add home listings to MHVillage.com.

Here at MHVillage we want to help you find the home of your dreams. Need more help? Check out some of these other articles and short informational videos on our newsletter:

How to Find Mobile Homes for Sale or Rent in Your Area (Video)

Finding Pet Friendly Mobile Home Communities

How to Find Your Next Mobile Home Community (Video)

Print Listings: A Handy Tool for Buyers and Sellers

Contact a Community!

How do I contact a community? What if there is not enough information?


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MHVillage.com does not own, operate, or manage any of the communities advertised on our site. Rather, we are the #1 website for communities to advertise their homes, services, and features.

 

MHVillage.com only has the information which communities provide on their listings. Many communities list an email and/or a phone number for you to get in touch with them.

Contact by Emailemail

Click “Email Community” to directly message a representative from a community. You’ll find this button to the right of the photos on each listing.

Contact by Phonephone

Searching for a community phone number? Scroll down to the red heading that reads “Contact Information.” There you will see a button that says “View Phone #” – click this to reveal the contact information.

We encourage members on our site to respond within 48 hours, but keep in mind that some businesses may respond more quickly than others.

If there is insufficient or missing contact information, you may need to search in your local directory or Yellow Pages.

Search for a community here!