The Pros and Cons of Living in a Santa Cruz Mobile Home Park

Santa Cruz County is an area of not only varied natural spaces from the beach to the forest and mountains but also in its housing types. You can find a beachside mansion, a tiny beach bungalow, a quiet condo with community perks, a sprawling golf estate, or a mobile home. Recently the interest in Santa Cruz mobile home parks has grown. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of living in a Mobile home.

Pros and Cons of Living in a Santa Cruz Mobile Home Park

Pros

Affordable Housing

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Santa Cruz Mobile Home ParkMore and more homebuyers are finding it difficult to purchase a truly affordable home. Some Santa Cruz buyers are wondering if they should purchase a home at all right now or if they should wait. 

Vickie Davies of Knieper Real Estate shares this in a blog article:

"If you are currently shopping for a home and find one that you can afford and meets all of your wants and some of your needs now is the time to put an offer in on it. There's no telling what homes will be for sale in the future in the area you wish to purchase a home. You don't want to end up saying, "Man I wish I would have made an offer on that home I truly loved when I had the chance."

Looking at a mobile home can open up affordable properties to more buyers. They come at a lower price point and require less maintenance costs as compared to other Santa Cruz property types. 

Quiet and Relaxed

The atmosphere of many mobile home parks in Santa Cruz is often quieter as compared to large single-family housing communities and condo communities. Several homebuyers looking to save on the cost of buying a home often look into a condo. Condos have their perks, but you are sharing walls with neighbors, sometimes four or more households. A mobile home gives the owner the chance at more privacy and quiet with a bit of separation between homes. 

Community Offerings

Some mobile home parks have great community amenities. This could include a swimming pool and sports courts, walking trails, or a clubhouse. Many times mobile home parks with clubhouses offer regularly scheduled social events giving you a chance to get out of the house and meet neighbors while having some fun. Neighbors that get to know one another create a community atmosphere that is more satisfying and often homeowners find themselves not wanting to leave their home because they have truly found what they love about a home, comfort, and connection with great neighbors. 

Location

It is not hard to find a mobile home park nicely located near modern amenities and local transportation routes. If you are someone who does not want to drive far to get to places where they need to run daily errands many mobile home parks allow that. If you are someone who doesn't have a car being able to walk to public transportation stops is a must. 

Cons

HOA

Some mobile home parks, the ones with great community amenities especially, have HOAs. This means homeowners association. The homeowners association sets rules and standards for homeowners on the use of community areas and the exterior upkeep of the property. Sometimes this leads to neighbors thinking they need to help the HOA police violations, or an overactive HOA board that feels like it is pestering you about small things they think are issues. 

Smaller Property

Mobile home parks have smaller lots as compared to traditional single-family homes. This is a good thing for anyone who is not a fan of landscape maintenance or does not want to pay someone to maintain their yard. It can mean a little closer quarters to neighboring homes. 

Resale is Lower

Because mobile homes come at a lower more affordable price point, they also have a lower resale value. If you are hoping to sell the property someday to make a large profit, this is not the best choice for resale growth value. 

Santa Cruz has several great mobile home parks. Many of them are in pristine condition and offer a much higher quality of lifestyle. If you are considering a mobile home property in Santa Cruz, I am here to help. Check out our community page about mobile home communities in Santa Cruz County (linked at the top of the page). Here you will find all of the mobile home communities listed and listings for available homes in the community. I am here for all Santa Cruz area real estate needs. Contact me any time. 

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