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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mobile Home Parks in Arizona

Aloha Everyone,

Arizona is one of the warmer states where cost of living is reasonable and therefore attractive to retirees and part-time residents who come to get away during the cold winter months.

J.J. and I usually stay in RV parks where majority of guests are travelers staying 1 -14 days. Occasionally, we stayed at places where they catered to transient workers such as traveling nurses, nuclear plant engineers and workers who spend a couple of months at one site.

For the previous two nights, we stayed at a RV park in Scottsdale where majority of residents lived in the section designated for mobile homes. Today we transferred to another property where again the majority of their residents live in mobile homes. This is a new experience for us. A number of people we spoke to own their mobile homes on leased land. They come to " winter" in Arizona then return to their " summer home" or be on the road when the desert temperature reaches over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

J.J. and I were curious about how the system works and asked one of the sales associates to give us a brief introduction to this concept.

One home for sale happened to be just across the street from where we are staying in Honu. The lot, in our estimate is less than 1,000 sq ft including a free standing storage room plus a carport large enough for Honu. The one bedroom, one bath with approximately 400 sq ft comes fully furnished with kitchen appliances, living room furniture and a queen-size bed. The builder's price is $49,500. There is also a one-time flat fee of $3,861.42 to cover the first year's lease rent. Water, electricity, sewer and trash collection are extra.

While this is not an option for us, it was an interesting to learn something new.

Spectacular sunset taken from our front yard. Nick, our across the street neighbor told us that it's like this every evening. Color and intensity may change but in his opinion, sunset in Mesa is something special.  To that we agree wholeheartedly.

Aloha -- Cathi