Posts Tagged ‘Mountain View Estates’

Land Lease Community has Steel Tornado Shelter

October 19th, 2015 Comments off

steel_storm_shelter__david_roden_ga__wrcbtv__creditMountain View Estates manufactured home community (MHC) in Rossville, Georgia now has an FEMA-compliant above ground tornado shelter that can hold up to 200 people in the event of severe weather, according to wrcbtv. Made of quarter-inch thick steel, it is welded and bolted to a concrete slab and can withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour, as MHProNews has learned from owner David Roden and his wife, who have owned and lived in the community since 1988.

We’re not just a business,” says Roden. “It’s a family here and we all look out for each other. We realize that while we could replace their home, we can replace their cars–we can not replace their lives,” adds Roden, speaking of the MHC in Rossville, Georgia.

The shelter is well ventilated, has outlets for oxygen and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio to receive weather reports while in the unit. A back-up generator will provide electricity in case of a power outage, and the shelter has two doors in case one is blocked. Roden calls it peace of mind with a six-figure price tag that he hopes he never has to use.

Resident James Carroll said he and his family have survived hurricanes and tornadoes in Texas and Alabama, and appreciates the safety provided by the shelter. “I was thrilled to hear that they were going to have something because a mobile home is no match for any kind of storm, hardly,” says Carroll.

A part of the cost is included in the monthly site rents. Roden plans to conduct a simulated drill later this month. ##

(Photo credit: wrcbtv–steel storm shelter in Mountain View Estates, Rossville, GA)

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Green Courte Acquires Land Lease Community in Arizona

June 11th, 2014 Comments off has been informed that private equity real estate investment firm Green Courte Partners, LLC has acquired Mountain View Estates, a 170-homesite age-restricted manufactured housing community (MHC) in Mesa, Arizona. Green Courte’s William Glascott says, “With this acquisition, our portfolio of age-restricted land-lease communities within the greater Phoenix market includes seven communities with over 1,700 home sites.” American Land Lease, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Courte, manages the company’s MHC portfolio, which now includes over 19,500 homesites comprising 55 communities in eleven states, and will manage Mountain View as well. ##

(Photo credit: Green Courte Partners, LLC)

Manufactured Housing Slum Finally Closed

June 29th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews last covered March 25, 2013 regarding the closure of a manufactured housing community slum in California, after a decade of legal battles the 4,000 resident community is set to finally close June 30, 2013. Located in the Coachella Valley just west of Joshua Tree National Park, but next door to a toxic waste dump that caused illness among its residents, Duroville was notorious for raw sewage in the streets, brown tap water, feral dogs and tangled wiring. The 40-acre site is on the reservation of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians and therefore beyond the reach of state and local jurisdictions. A 2003 federal court order to close the community because of danger to the inhabitants was stayed because a judge feared a

“major humanitarian crisis” would erupt for the residents, most of whom are minimum-wage-earning farmworkers who had no other place to live. A receiver appointed by a federal judge to oversee the community for the last four years, Tom Flynn, said, “A lot of the issues we dealt with were Third World safety and health issues. I’d never seen that in the United States,” noted Flynn, who at one time was part of the U.S. mission to the United Nations. Opened in 1998 and now mostly empty, the majority of the homes were 40-60 years old, and crumbled at the first touch of the bulldozer. According to, many of the residents have relocated to Mountain View Estates, a government-subsidized development of 181 new modular homes ten minutes away.

(Photo credit: top, Stan Lim/— Duroville’s last stand; bottom, Omar Ornales/thedesertsun–Mountain View Estates)

New Modular Homes Replace Duroville

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story we covered Oct. 16, 2012 concerning the federal court-ordered closing of Duroville, an MHC in the Coachella Valley in California, and home to some 4,000 mostly migrant workers, 70 of the families have been relocated to Mountain View Estates, a government-subsidized development of 181 new modular homes, only ten minutes away. Thirty-eight additional families are waiting for the three-bedroom, air conditioned homes with laundry facilities, a community center with a gym and computer lab to be completed. Also called Desert Mobile Home Park, Duroville was named for owner Harvey Duro, Sr., and was notorious for raw sewage in the streets, suspect tap water, a mess of electrical wires, a toxic waste dump next door, and feral dogs roaming freely. Deeded to Duro by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian tribe, of which he was a member, the LATimes tells MHProNews Indian lands are exempt from county code enforcement. “John F. Kennedy was in the White House when many of these trailers were built,” said Tom Flynn, the court-appointed receiver for Duroville. “Every time one of them disappears, it’s a victory.” While 32 families continue to live in Duroville, it is set to be emptied by summer. Over $28 million in county, state and federal funds were invested in Mountain View specifically to replace Duroville.

(Photo credit: top photo–Denise Goolsby/thedesertsun–Duroville; bottom photo Omar Ornales/the desertsun–Mountain View Estates)

Water is Clear, Legalities could get Muddy

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted Jan. 14, 2013 about residents of Killam Properties, Inc.’s Mountain View Estates MHC at Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Canada having to boil their water (or buy it bottled) for 14 months, it is now safe to drink for the 300 families who live there. One tenant, Bruce Baillie, took his complaint to the residential tenancy board, saying it was a violation of his lease, and won a judgment of $660.81 against Killam. The company is appealing the case, saying it only costs $19 a year to boil water for 20 minutes a day, not the $2 a day that was awarded, according to senior property manager Michael Kabalen. Killam has spent $300,000 for four new wells that began working Feb. 8. CBC.CA reports if all the tenants were paid the same as Baillie–others are considering filing a complaint– it would cost the company $280,000.

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Funds Reinstated, Build will Continue

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

We covered a story Oct. 4, 2012 concerning the federal court-ordered closing of Duroville MHC in Mecca, Calif. due to poor housing conditions, and the fate of those living there. MyDesert reports 41 of the manufactured homes of the 180 homesite Mountain View Estates in nearby Oasis, Calif. had been delivered, funded with state redevelopment funds to relocate the residents. A recent law that eviscerated the redevelopment districts cut the funding, ending the build in March. The state just approved $10 million to complete the project. The 41 units will be move-in ready by the end of Nov., 2012, and work will begin on the 139 remaining the beginning of this Nov. The 190 factory-made homes still at Duroville, also known as Desert Mobile Home Park, house 1,200 to 1,500 mostly Native American and Latino farm workers. As MHProNews learned, a storm which deluged the community with almost six inches of rain Sept. 11, 2012 destroyed and/or damaged most of the homes, many of which were not in good shape to begin with, leading to the ordered closure.

(Photo credit: top–Denise Goolsby/TheDesertSun–Duroville

bottom–Omar Ornelas/TheDesertSun–Mountain View Estates)

New MHC Nearly Ready in Southern California

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

Forty-one new manufactured homes have been installed in Mecca, California in the Mountain View Estates community to replace aging factory-built homes that were damaged/destroyed in a 5.5 inch downpour Sept. 11, 2012, according to what mydesert tells MHProNews. The rains ripped apart some of the Duroville MHC homes in Mecca, CA, resulting in the issue being taken up by Federal Judge David T. Bristow, who said, “It seems that it may take Mother Nature to do what the hollow efforts of the parties involved have not been able to do, which is close Duroville.” The community has been in receivership since the U.S. Attorney’s Office tried to shutter it in 2007, but a federal judge ordered it to remain open until the residents find a safe place to stay. Many of the 1,200 to 1,500 residents still living in Duroville’s 190 homes are seasonal workers who come for the harvest. Since the state has not ruled it an disaster area, it’s not eligible for FEMA assistance, but Riverside County has been working on Mountain View Estates since 2008. Thirty-four of the new homes were bought with state redevelopment monies before Gov. Jerry Brown did away with redevelopment districts. The other seven were purchased by a developer. Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit said the new homes will be ready for occupancy mid-to-late November.

(Photo credit: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun–Mountain View Estates in Mecca, CA)

LLC Owners Need Model Home Photos

July 14th, 2011 Comments off

In a communiqué to, Mountain View Estates community owner David Roden and Spencer Roane, the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association’s (GMHA) Community Owners Representative, have an upcoming meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) officials to discuss housing for disaster victims.  Noting that the FEMA homes used following Hurricane Katrina did more harm than good for the industry, their proposal is for FEMA to purchase Model Homes from the manufacturers and place them in existing communities near the disaster area.  The residents get to live in a nice home, and after they leave, the community owner can then buy the home from FEMA and fill empty sites.  Roden and Roane are asking industry representatives for pictures of affordable, permanent homes with good curb appeal to show FEMA and GEMA officials that could be used.

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