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Trailer Park in Palm Springs Revamped into Tiny Home Community


This is a trailer park in Palm Springs, California that is being revamped into a prefab tiny house community. It’s called Palm Canyon Mobile Park.

“The biggest challenge with tiny homes is where are you going to put them? So that’s why it created a really great opportunity for us to do this.”1

What do you think of it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

Trailer Park Transformed into Modernized Tiny Home Community in Palm Springs, CA

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Images © Faircompanies via YouTube

Video Tour of this Community with Faircompanies

Highlights

  • Homes range from 600 sq. ft. to 900 sq. ft.
  • They call them “Not so tiny” homes
  • The designs are great for couples
  • There is a full bathroom with a separate door for the toilet so you can use the vanity while someone is in the toilet which makes it very convenient to share the space (it’s a great layout)
  • You also get a full kitchen with plenty of storage
  • The bedroom features a really nice built-in drawer set along with two separate closets
  • You can buy your own prefab home and then you pay rent for your lot to the community
  • The homes are built on trailers with removable hitches so you can move it somewhere else down the road if you’d like to
  • They are built by Silvercrest but have been customized specifically for this community as you’ll learn in the video tour (above)

Please learn more using the links below. Thanks!

Sources

  1. YouTube
  2. Faircompanies
  3. Palm Canyon Mobile Park

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  • Chuck September 10, 2018, 7:46 pm

    Palm Springs is a mostly gay community. I used to live there. Gays will not really be interested in something like homes. And living in a trailer park?
    NO WAY. Plus, rent at $650/month NOW but unless there is rent control the space rent could go up and up very quickly.

  • Tobi Lamb September 11, 2018, 4:04 am

    They are doing the same thing in Huntington Beach. Replacing old, outdated mobile homes with Tiny Homes. Only problem is, space rents are through the roof!

  • Gabriella September 11, 2018, 6:32 am

    It takes very little to be happy: the objective essential, end the spiritual infinite…..🤗

  • jb September 11, 2018, 11:03 am

    great, we need to see more of this across the US. Not such places where they are needed most; the high populated metro areas.

  • Annette September 12, 2018, 4:38 pm

    These are attractive but still far too expensive with lot rents starting at $650 – not including whatever one is paying for the unit (ranging from $100K to $300K) — never mind utilities. Obviously life is never going to be free, but at this level monthly housing costs will amount to at least $1500/month+ depending on the model price and interest rates. Needless to say, the space rent will rise over time, because they never go down, while the unit is depreciating. So it just doesn’t make any sense — for these costs it’s better to buy a house in the best neighborhood one can afford.

    • James D. September 13, 2018, 6:49 pm

      Manufactured houses actually can appreciate… That’s why they showed people renovating the older homes because the new development is raising their property values…

      Unlike other options, manufactured houses are legally recognized as residential homes and are built to the federally regulated HUD building code. So, unlike the mobile homes built before 1976, modern Manufactured Houses are actually built to meet residential living standards and requirements.

      While he stated in the video that the lot rent already includes much of the utilities, probably only paying for electricity separately, as well as park amenities like access to the club house with pool, etc. Meaning it’s more like a HOA fee with amenities but the homes are energy efficient as well. So energy costs are much lower than they would be for most traditional houses in the area.

      Besides, this is in the Palm Springs area… Costs in the area have risen significantly in the last few years. Basic cost for just utilities for a 915 Sq Ft apartment is around $228.66 a month… Vs what he stated in the video of around $55 a month… and a house would cost far more in that area with a medium cost per sq ft of $261…

      So a 1 bedroom home in the area can cost as much as one of their 600 Sq Ft single wide but you would have to cover all maintenance costs yourself, pay higher taxes and other costs, not to mention possibly needing to renovate if it’s not a new home, and pay a higher utility bill to see how that actually compares…

      While you have the option of buying a manufactured house and placing it on your own land and if you choose to install it into a foundation then it becomes recognized as a regular house and is no longer viewed as a manufactured house.

      But even a person who owns a manufactured home subject to local property tax on rented land is still eligible for either the Homeowners’ Exemption or the Renters’ Credit, though, not both… and other housing related exemptions can also apply…

      • Annette September 13, 2018, 9:37 pm

        Thanks for distinguishing between manufactured homes and mobile homes.
        Nevertheless (as a former banker) I’m not persuaded that a buyer would be smart to purchase a home like this, vs. stix/brix in a good (or even a less good) neighborhood.
        To live in this, or one of these developments, strikes me that one needs money to burn.

        • James D. September 14, 2018, 1:03 am

          Housing in general requires significant funding, especially if you expect to actually own it… Maybe if you’re comparing it to some other part of the country then there may be better options but in California it’s a high cost housing market with very few alternatives to choose from… Nationally, only Hawaii is a more expensive housing market…

          According to a recent study, forty percent of the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads and many are paying over 40% of their income towards the rising housing costs.

          Never mind the hidden costs of owning a house and how the long term costs can easily accumulate to more than the original cost of the home over time.

          Or other issues like rising costs of living, lack of rising incomes, increase of population with significant debt, lack of growth in the housing market to offset rising costs and increasing population size creating more demand than supply, rising environmental and building standards that are raising the cost of new construction, higher impact fees, higher permit fees, etc.

          And that’s not counting other issues with the housing market in California and why the state has such a significant homeless population…

          Sure, renting a lot isn’t the ideal but there’s many reasons why people are looking at any and all alternatives in California and there’s different pros and cons to every choice…

  • Annette September 14, 2018, 2:47 am

    Listen to you James D with your hysteria re “hidden costs ” etc –and that frightening silly paragraph …. what a complete load of nonsense.
    Essentially, if a person can afford one of these, they may be able to afford a home

    • James D. September 15, 2018, 5:07 am

      You should look up the statistics for the state because nothing I said was nonsense. Fact is California housing is rapidly becoming too expensive for most of the population there.

      Again, out of all 50 states only Hawaii has a more expensive housing market!

      The range covers examples like a two-bedroom homes in Lake County California (the state’s poorest county) having a median sales price of $158,000 to wealthy Santa Clara County, where a two-bedroom home has a median sale price of $641,000… The average studio apartment rent is $618 above the national average. A pattern that continues with two-bedroom apartments, which carry an average rent of $2,065, $861 higher than the U.S. average. If you need three bedrooms, the California average is $2,657, a full $1,138 higher than the national average.

      You’re free to believe what you want but the data reflects the actual reality whether we like it or not…

  • Joseph September 14, 2018, 8:09 pm

    These are really beautiful.

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