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Benefits of buying a mobile home

If you want an affordable house without sacrificing quality and design, why not consider buying a mobile home? Or better yet, why not move into a mobile & manufactured home community with excellent amenities like pools, libraries and recreational areas? 


To help you find your dream home, we recommend checking out Sierra Portal Mobile Estates in Merced, California. This 155-space, 55+ mobile home community is close to highway 99, the Yosemite National Park to the east and Monterey Bay to the west. 


Continue reading below to learn more about the benefits of buying a mobile home. 



Did you know that new mobile homes, or more accurately referred to as manufactured homes, cost an average of $62,600 versus $272,200 for a site-built house of roughly the same size and design? In general, opting for this affordable housing option means paying 10% – 35% less per square foot. 


High quality and design 

Since 1976, all manufactured homes should meet the strict building and design requirements implemented by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to protect the interest of homeowners and buyers. 


Simply put, all manufactured homes can withstand inclement weather conditions and earthquakes and meet HUD’s safety and fire resistance requirements. 


While today’s mobile homes are safe and beautifully designed, they come at an affordable price because of their efficient building process in which the use of the construction material is maximized, and the waste is kept to a minimum. By contrast, up to 30% of the materials used in site-built homes goes to the landfill, which not only represents money going down the drain but also waste and pollution. 



Most manufactured homes have a one-year warranty for construction and a separate one for appliances, windows, doors, siding, faucets and other fixtures. 


Excellent mobile home communities

Despite some misconceptions and negative stereotypes, most manufactured home communities today have excellent facilities and amenities, clean streets and well-maintained landscapes because they have a property manager and a set of community regulations that require residents to keep their property in pristine condition. 


In addition, these communities typically offer amenities that residents can use to hold community events and spend time with their families. For instance, Sierra Portal Mobile Estates have the following recreational facilities:


  • Swimming pool 
  • Spacious clubhouse with a kitchen
  • Spa-like facilities, including men’s and women’s sauna
  • Community and video library
  • Dog park 
  • Dog waste stations
  • Visitors’ parking area


Final word 

To sum it all up, buying a mobile home offers all the perks of homeownership–you get to enjoy tax deductions, financial stability, and a sense of community belongingness. For this reason, it’s not surprising that a growing number of retirees, first-time home buyers and young families are moving into mobile home parks. 


Additionally, living in a mobile home community means no property tax and lower upkeep expenses, making it ideal for seniors. 


Visit Sierra Portal Mobile Estates today and see how this senior-friendly mobile home community combines all the great things you can ask for–an affordable neighborhood with excellent facilities and amenities and is nestled in a quiet spot but still close to local restaurants, major retailers and recreational parks.

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