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Transformational! Old Mobile Home Park Redeveloping Into Small or ‘Tiny House’ Factory-Built Housing Project

April 5th, 2019 Comments off


Champion Homes, or Champion Home Builders, is a mobile and modular home manufacturing company that operates as a subsidiary of the Skyline Champion Corporation,” says Wikipedia. Among their operating brands is Silvercrest, located in Corona, CA 92880.


Silvercrest is very much in the mix of what is occurring at the “Palm Canyon Mobile Club.”

According to that land-lease communities YouTube page, “Built in the 1940s, the Palm Canyon Mobile Club was showing its age when the owners approached realtor Paul Kaplan about helping to sell new homes in the park.”

Kaplan suggested a fresh start to the development. He promoted the notion of investing in smaller factory-built homes, which they initially referred to as “tiny homes instead of traditional mobile homes. Rather than partnering with a prefab designer or tiny home architect, they chose to work with a traditional mobile home manufacturer because of the scale of the project (100 homes).”

While the nomenclature is the normal problematic mix, no doubt the promoters wanted the search engine optimization (SEO) value of the phrases “mobile home” and “tiny house.”



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Working with manufactured home builder Silvercrest, they pushed for a modern, Midcentury-inspired design more fitting of Palm Springs and avoiding some of the hallmark details of conventional mobile homes like ceiling moldings and six-panel doors,” states their YouTube web page, which has had over 500,000 views in about 7 months.

There’s also a stigma against mobile home parks,” explains Kaplan, adding, “You know the whole trailer trash kind of thing, and I think people are re-looking at it and seeing it really provides a nice sense of community.”

Their page said, “The Palm Canyon Mobile Club has a renovated pool and clubhouse with workout room and community kitchen. The houses start at $115,000 for the 600 square foot model, with a $650 monthly rental fee for the site.”

Their video is below. Let’s note once more that the old canard that a video has to be short to be viewed is proven errant by this one.  The issue in part is, does the viewer want to learn about that given topic?  If a viewer finds the video relevant, they will watch it.



Published on Sep 9, 2018, this video has at the time we posted it 511,939 views, with some 9,900 likes vs. 359 thumbs down from viewers.

Notice that this video dwarfs what Clayton Homes, or the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has produced in the way of views to ‘debunk’ the manufactured home stereotypes.

These are issues that must be carefully considered, because the powers-that-be in manufactured housing continue to put out industry ‘alerts’ and ‘news updates’ that make it sound like they are doing so much to ‘promote’ the industry or address underlying issues.  If so, where’s the beef?  Where are their results?

To learn more, see the articles linked below.  Our sources are telling us that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington ‘axis’ are feeling the heat.  They need to, or they arguably have no incentive to change their patterns of behavior.

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Beginning of the Smaller Manufactured Home Revolution?

January 9th, 2017 Comments off

Mark Green at his small home. Credit: Desert Sun.

The so-called “tiny home” movement has received quite a bit of coverage, both good and bad. Some call them sustainable and affordable, while others say that they are an impractical, illegal and an ineffective solution. Nevertheless, the media tends to love tiny houses.

In Palm Springs, California, realtor Paul Kaplan and property flipper Mark Green believe they have the perfect solution: sell factory built homes that are larger than common 200 (+/-) square foot tiny houses, but are still under 1,000 square feet.

According to the Desert Sun, the Paul Kaplan Group has received growing interest in a “micro home” community in the Palm Canyon Mobile Club, a long-standing manufactured home community in the Twin Palms neighborhood.

The plan is to fill the old “mobile home park” with about 100 vacant lots with smaller manufactured homes.

The houses will start at about 600 square feet on 2,600-square-foot lots, which will include fenced yards, carports and decks,” said Kaplan.


Paul Kaplan. Credit: Paul Kaplan.

Prices for the one-and two-bedroom models will start under $150,000.

The Kaplan Group has partnered with developers Ravinia Communities and Goetz Ventures on designing the homes, with high ceilings, carports and other amenities. Kaplan also confirmed that the homes could be moved.

The real ‘tiny homes’ are about 200 square feet, but we thought, that’s not livable,” said Kaplan.


A new home arrives at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club. Credit: Desert Sun.

It is an alternative for someone, people in my generation, I’m in my 50s, I just want to downsize, I want to get rid of the big house. This is a great place in Palm Springs, you’re not sharing walls, brand-new, indoor-outdoor living, the location is phenomenal… and there’s a really nice community created in a mobile-home [sic] environment where you do know your neighbors.

There are about 100 existing homes that will remain in the community.  These, per the report, are mostly multi-sectional – but are what they identified with the dated term “double-wides.”

Kaplan plans to have a model home open next month and 10 homes for sale this year.

Already in Action

In nearby Palm Desert, Mark Green already resides in his “micro home.

Green says that he realized several years ago that he didn’t use most of his 2,500-square-foot house in South Palm Desert, so he worked with a designer and created a guesthouse.

Green now lives in the 422-square-foot space and is renting his main house for about $2,500 per month.


Credit: Desert Sun.

We have to have something that is not quite so ‘tiny,’ but allows homeowners like myself to maximize the value of the property by doing something smart,” said Green.

It’s very cozy, it’s very comfortable, of course it’s new, I like living here as much as when I lived in the big house… (which) has become a source of income for me.

Green’s company, Guest House Advantage, offers guesthouses starting just under $80,000.

To bypass potential challenges and comply with city codes, Green says that they likely can’t be built on lots smaller than 7,500 square feet.

Several cities in the area have zoning codes that include minimum square-footage requirements for freestanding homes.

Kaplan’s Micro Homes are manufactured homes on existing manufactured-home community lots, and Green’s are considered guesthouses or “casitas.

While he hasn’t built one for a client yet, Green’s hook to potential buyers is versatility with the homes as long or short-term rentals, suites for extended family or options for downsizing.

I realized you don’t need a big house to be really comfortable,” Green said. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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