Mobile Home communities are classified as family parks with no age restrictions, or senior parks with a 55 or better age restriction. San Diego has over 100 mobile home communities of all sizes and prices, located mostly in the North County.
In a 55+ park, you can expect to pay $35,000-$200,000 for a mobile home without land, or $90,000 to over $300,000 for a mobile home in a park where you own the land. In general, prices along the coast are higher than inland.
Parks where you do not own the land charge a space rent, typically $500 to $1000 a month.
Parks where you own the land have homeowner fees to maintain the grounds, fences, and pay for any community facilities, like clubhouses and pools. These fees vary from $75 to $200 a month depending on the amenities.
Different Types of Factory-Built Homes
Factory-built homes are constructed off site and transported to a home site and installed on a state approved foundation or support system. California law clearly distinguished among the types of factory produced homes by the building code to which the home must comply.
Mobile homes were constructed to comply with California standards prior to June 15, 1975, when the the federal preemptive HUD code became effective. Even though there are a significant number of mobile homes in the existing housing stock, no new mobile homes have been constructed since that date.
Manufactured homes are constructed to comply with the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (24 CFR 3280), a uniform federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most factory homes currently constructed in California meet this HUD code. These are less expensive than modular homes because they can be manufactured efficiently and transported to any state without worrying about local building codes.
Modular homes are constructed to comply with the California Uniform Building Code (UBC) which is incorporated into law at Title 25, Chapter 3 of the California Administrative Code. This is the same building code that all site built construction conforms to. There is no difference between modular and site built, sometimes called "stick built" construction. The advantage is that banks will lend on modular homes the same as site built. The disadvantage is that you must have complete plans drawn and approved by the city or county just like any other custom home.
Where Can I Build A New Factory-Built Home?
While a new factory built home can be placed in any 55+ park, it doesn't always make sense to do so. The best places are those that have large enough lots to accomodate a new home and a 2 car garage. It should also be in a park that has older mobile homes that are not worth anything, and so you can buy the place for land value and pull out the existing trailer. The three best places we've found are:
This information is provided by: Dennis
Kaiser, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty, 760-889-2272.
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