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Manufactured Homes a Bargain in Bay Area

April 6th, 2015 Comments off

mfg house   resident owned parks  californiaIn Mountain View, California Rod Fox and Emily Gwynn left their $2,540/month, 800 square-foot apartment and moved to a 1,370 square foot manufactured home (MH) in Adobe Wells Mobile Home Park in Sunnyvale, CA. In the Bay Area, where median home prices hit $782,000, they are paying about the same as for their old apartment, but the MH only cost $219,000 and they have three bedrooms and two baths, as well as homeownership.

Lee and Carmelita Clark sold their five-bedroom luxury home on a golf course in Vallejo for $475,000 to be near their children in the Bay Area. They could not afford home prices either, but they did find a manufactured home in the age-restricted Tropics Mobile Home Park in Union City, only 25 minutes from their family. For $222,000 they bought a 1,600 square foot MH with a fireplace and granite counter tops in the kitchen.

But manufactured homes are not the answer to the escalating house prices. No new MH communities have been built since the 1970s. Says Glenn Gilliam, president of Alliance Manufactured Homes, where both couples purchased their homes: “The mobile home market is saturated. You can’t buy land in Sunnyvale and build another mobile home park. Land in Sunnyvale is $5 million an acre.”

Some homes have been around for 30 or 40 years when these communities first opened. Alliance buys three or four older MH each week for reconditioning and resale, but from 2013 to 2014 sales of new homes increased 44 percent, from 114 to 164. The company expects annual sales to increase 15 to 20 percent. The sale price of homes in the larger Bay Area region has risen since 2009 from $209,000 to $289,000.

While MH do not appreciate the way site-built homes might, and the interest rate is often a few points higher, and the lack of new MH communities may put upward pressure on home prices and site rents, santacruzsentinel tells MHProNews Fox and Gwynn and the Clarks are pleased with the choices they have made. ##

(Photo credit: santacruzsentinel–California manufactured home)

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Google Search Turns up Modular

March 4th, 2015 Comments off

google_new_modular_headquarters__google_slash_afp_creditExpanding its base from search engine to broader technological interests, MHProNews has learned from U. S. Modular that Google will use modular construction methods to add 2.5 million square feet onto it’s existing four-million-square-foot campus in Mountain View, California.

The tent-shaped glass and metal structures, created by London’s Heatherwick Studio and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, will provide accommodations for 10,000 more employees, adding to the 20,000 currently on the firm’s campus.

The modular design will allow rooms to be reconfigured by moving interior walls as space demands change, which fits in with Google’s versatile and fluid corporate culture as it delves into the fields of robotics, automobiles and healthcare. Parks and other green space will be included along with retail to give the area a neighborhood feel. This project is an example of McGraw-Hill’s assessment that modular is the fastest growing segment in new construction. #

(Image credit: Google/ADF–artist’s rendering of Google’s modular addition)

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