Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara’

Sixty year-old Manufactured Home Community on the Block

March 10th, 2016 Comments off

calif__the_grove_mhc_modesto_mhvillage__creditThe Flamingo Mobile Home Park in Santa Barbara, Calif. has been put on the market, sparking fears among the 69 residents of this seniors only manufactured home community that they may have to move, according to what noozhawk tells MHProNews.

The community, which was built in the 1950s, was inherited by the present owner from her grandmother, and an offer for the five-ace community is part of the real estate listing. A resident who spoke with the owner, Elizabeth Keeter, was told she had no intention of causing anyone to lose their home, although the listing allegedly included the phrase “future development potential.”

Listed at $10 million, residents have leases that run through 2030, giving them an evident false sense of security.

Many of them are on fixed incomes and are concerned that a new owner would raise the rents beyond their ability to pay.

While much of Santa Barbara’s city code has not been updated since the 1980s, City Attorney Ariel Calonne, noting some cities have closure ordinances that provide for relocation assistance, said he would have to research the code to determine if there are any protections for the residents if the community closes. ##

(Photo credit: MHVillage–The Grove manufactured home community, Modesto, CA)

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Manufactured Home Project Draws Ire of Legislators, Constituents

November 24th, 2015 Comments off

santa barbara coastline wikipediaResponding to a letter sent by Santa Barbara (Calif.) Mayor Helene Schneider regarding the Punta Gorda manufactured housing (MH) project, State Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) released a statement indicating some displeasure with the project, according to noozhawk.

Sen. Jackson, noting the importance of community input, said, I understand the very serious community concerns surrounding the Punta Gorda manufactured housing project in Santa Barbara. At a time when affordable housing is a critical need, it is also important that projects are undertaken in a manner that is conducive to community support, she said.

Her office is researching what the state Department of Housing and Community Development can do in the future to speak for the community needs, MHProNews has learned. She adds they have no power to stop the project, but they are working with the developer to add more trees so the visual impact will not be as strong. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the Mayor and the City of Santa Barbara to address these issues in the future,” saod Sen. Jackson.

Assemblymember Williams says concerned citizens have contacted him about the MHC. “Understanding that manufactured home (communities) are approved and permitted by CA Housing and Community Development, and not local governments, we reached out to the builder, architect and landscape architect for this project to connect them with these concerned citizens,” he said.

Williams’ staff met with the builder on site, and in addition to the trees, they discussed community input on the color schemes for the homes so they blend in better with the neighborhood. He said he has asked community and other concerned members for input on how legislation that govern this type of project may be altered. ##

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Giving LLC Residents a Voice

September 27th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Sept. 11, 2013 regarding a California measure that would give land lease community (LLC) residents and local jurisdictions a voice when community owners seek to redevelop the real estate, MHProNews has learned Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law. While local government has no actual power to prevent the conversion of the property even if a majority of community residents do not approve, SB 510 will avert costly litigation that has plagued dozens of cities because the law of property rights has not been clear. Sponsored by Rep. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett says, “This bill protects affordable housing, protects local governments and taxpayers, and brings closure to many years of litigation over this issue.” As says, there are approximately 5,000 lLLCs in California comprised of one million residents.

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Conversion Bill Now only Needs Governor’s Signature

September 11th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on a story MHProNews posted Sept. 6, 2013 regarding a measure in the California Assembly that would permit local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community (MHC), reports the Senate passed SB 510 21-14. Sponsored by Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), if a majority of the MHC residents disagree with the decision to either convert the property or sell the individual sites, the local jurisdiction could oppose the decision but could not overturn it. The bill only needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law. Noting the measure will give input to residents as to the disposition of their community, it was supported by several local governments and manufactured homeowners associations. There are an estimated 5,000 MHCs in California with 1,000,000 residents.

(Photo credit: santeepatch–MHC Santee, Calif.)

Local Government May Disapprove of Community Conversion

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

California Assembly measure SB 510 would allow a local government to disprove of the conversion of a manufactured housing community to another use if a majority of the community residents do not support it. The uncertainty of the rights of both resident and community owner has led to dozens of lawsuits. The jurisdiction is not required to disprove of the conversion, nor does it have authority to stop the redevelopment, according to santamariatimes. Sponsored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the measure passed off the Assembly floor in a 41-23 vote, and is now headed for the Senate, as MHProNews has learned.

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Two California Land Lease Communities Obtain Financing

July 16th, 2013 Comments off

Working exclusively on behalf of Wynne Corporation to seek financing for two manufactured home communities (MHC) north of Los Angeles, HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) secured acquisition financing for La Maria MHC in Santa Maria, Calif. and refinancing for Ojai Oaks Village in Ojai, Calif. La Maria is a 158-site senior MHC which received a ten-year, $8.5 million fixed-rate loan from Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC. HFF arranged an $8.3 million fixed-rate loan from Lincoln Financial Group for Ojai, a 125-site, 96 percent occupied all-age community 25 miles east of Santa Barbara. La Maria is 98.1 percent occupied. As nreionline informs MHProNews, HFF will also service the loans.

(Photo credit: Arnaldo Abba/psmag–Pismo Dunes MHC in Calif.)

The Toniest of Neighborhoods

November 13th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from 24/7 Wall St. the median list price for homes in the ten most expensive zip codes range from $2.8 million to $6.7 million. The top six are Alpine, New Jersey 07620 median sales price (MSP) $6.7 million; Ross, Calif. 94957 MSP $5.3 million; New York City 10013 MSP $5.1 million; Woody Creek, Colo. 81656 MSP $4.93 million; Atherton, Calif. 94027 MSP $4.3 million; and Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210 $3.5 million. The rest in order are Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Santa Barbara, Calif., Greenwich, Conn., and Bel Air, Calif.

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Santa Barbara Officials Consider Community Closure Requirements

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

By John Wiley User:Jw4nvc - Santa Barbara, California (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsFrom California and the Santa Barbara Independent, learns that Supervisors there will soon decide on legislation related to mobile home community closures. According to the article, while no parks are slated for closure, next week the county Board of Supervisors could vote on the first ever mobile home park closure ordinance, which the article reports would make such closure very expensive and highly unlikely. The provisions could include requiring owners to be compensated for full on-site home values at market rates.

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