When it comes to purchasing a manufactured or modular home, home owners can choose to either buy or rent land. While both options have their unique appeals, renting land in a manufactured home community comes with many advantages. Though sometimes overlooked due to the stigma attached to mobile home parks, in reality, modern manufactured home communities offer an array of financial benefits, social perks, community amenities, and more.
Living in a Manufactured Home Community
Today’s manufactured home communities have evolved far beyond the stereotypical mobile home park, some even resembling mini resorts. Modern communities aren’t just an enjoyable place to call home—they also feature numerous home and community benefits to make your life easy and give you more time to focus on living.
One of the most appealing benefits of living in a manufactured home community is the variety of affordable options—even for brand new manufactured homes. In a manufactured home community, a homeowner can get a new single or double wide manufactured home on their own rented lot for the fraction of the cost of a site-built home. Plus, today’s manufactured homes are built according to strict HUD code—making them significantly more secure, energy efficient, and safe than the stereotypical mobile home—and are highly customizable to suit any lifestyle and taste.
In addition to the enormous savings of buying a manufactured or modular home instead of a site-built home, homeowners can enjoy little to no property taxes, which come along with privately owning land. To further reduce your bills, manufactured homes are built to be highly energy efficient from the start, and with a few simple tips to maximize your manufactured home’s energy efficiency, you can see significant savings.
When you move into a manufactured home community, you get more time to enjoy living. Residents live in land lease communities and rent individual lots, which typically include a small yard that requires minimal to no upkeep. Many communities even have dedicated maintenance teams to cover or assist with landscaping and home repairs, among other helpful home resources.
Unlike apartment complexes, manufactured home communities give residents their own lot and their own home, eliminating the need for shared walls with noisy neighbors or competing for a parking space. In fact, two or more cars can often be comfortably parked in a driveway or in front of a home. Plus, the privacy of owning your own manufactured home gives you the freedom to paint, upgrade, or remodel your home anytime.
Manufactured home communities offer a uniquely tight-knit neighborhood atmosphere, including the security of a gated community, background checks, and safety protocols as well as close connection with neighbors and resident events for socialization. Retirees can even select communities with age and population restrictions, such as 55+ communities, to ensure a serene setting, familiar social sphere, and strong sense of community.
Far from the mobile home park stigma, modern manufactured communities can often resemble resorts, offering community amenities like pools, sports areas, fitness centers, clubhouses, and frequent events—all at no extra cost to residents. Additionally, lots of manufactured home communities sit by lakes, ponds, mountains, or beaches, giving residents top-notch views for a fraction of the typical cost.
Manufactured home communities are an excellent asset to manufactured home ownership and enhance many aspects of owners’ lifestyles, from financial savings to a one-of-a-kind neighborhood atmosphere. Buying land has its benefits, but renting in a manufactured home community may be your perfect solution for fun, social, affordable, and low-maintenance living.
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