There are numerous options for finding a place to call home – from hotels and apartments to the increasingly popular choice of manufactured home communities. While hotels and apartments have their merits, there's a growing realization that the sense of community, affordability, and unique benefits of living in a manufactured home community can make it a superior choice. Let’s explore why opting for a manufactured home community might be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Brooke McAlister, a community manager of four all-age properties in Hays, Kansas, gives us insight on why living in manufactured housing communities is so beneficial.
Sense of Community:
Unlike the transient nature of hotels or the often-impersonal vibe of apartment living, manufactured home communities foster a strong sense of community. Residents share a common interest in maintaining the community’s well-being, creating a supportive and neighborly atmosphere. Community events shared amenities, and the close-knit relationships formed within these communities contribute to a sense of belonging that can be hard to find elsewhere. “The best advantage to living in an MH community is having a sense of community overall. You can be outside having a barbecue while getting to know your neighbors. People look out for each other, and children can have a yard to play in or a park to play in or a pool to swim in during the summer”. McAlister says the communities she manages have monthly events and ongoing activities to keep everyone engaged and involved.
One of the standout advantages of manufactured home communities is affordability. Compared to the rising costs of hotel stays and apartment rents, living in a manufactured home offers a cost-effective alternative. Homeownership in a community allows individuals and families to enjoy the comforts of their own space without breaking the bank. With a one-time purchase and lower monthly expenses, it's a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on quality. “We pride ourselves on being pet friendly, and our maintenance team is quick and efficient, often completing work orders in 24-48 hours. We have smaller three-bedroom units starting at $750 a month, which include two parking spaces and a yard" says McAlister.
Let's take a look at the monthly rental costs in Hayes, Kansas:
Personalization and Ownership:
Living in a manufactured home provides a unique opportunity for personalization and ownership. While hotel rooms and apartments are often uniform and lack personal touches, manufactured homes can be customized to reflect the homeowner’s individuality. From choosing floor plans to incorporating personalized design elements, residents can create a space that feels like home.
Privacy and Comfort:
Hotels and apartments sometimes fall short when someone is looking for privacy and a comfortable living environment. Residents enjoy their own space in a manufactured home with separate bedrooms, living areas, and outdoor spaces. The sense of privacy enhances overall comfort, making it a preferred choice for those seeking a more relaxed and homely atmosphere.
Connection with Nature and amenities:
Many manufactured home communities are strategically located in serene and picturesque settings, offering residents a closer connection with nature. Unlike the concrete jungles often associated with apartments, manufactured home communities often provide green spaces, community gardens, and recreational areas, fostering a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.
"What a great opportunity to have a pool, shuffleboard, a park, an indoor recreational space with pool tables, something for everyone," adds McAlister.
Living in a manufactured home community over a hotel or apartment is not just a housing decision; it's a lifestyle choice. Affordability, sense of community, personalization options, privacy, and connection with nature make manufactured home living an attractive alternative.
You don't have to take our word on why manufactured housing communities are great to live in; meet one of our residents, Paul, and hear what he says about his community, Grand Missouri, in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
As more individuals and families recognize these benefits, the shift towards embracing the unique advantages of manufactured home communities is likely to continue. It's time to rethink what "home" truly means and explore the uncharted advantages waiting in these vibrant and welcoming communities.