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g_fion
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Mobile homes/ land lots?

I currently own a mobile home and am paying $1,000 a month for my space(crazy, I know). So I am considering buying a piece of land in the Inland Empire onto which I can move my mobile home but I know a lot of cities do not allow you to have just a mobile home on an empty lot.  If any of you happen to know which cities in either LA, San Bern, or Riversde. counties allow this, I would greatly appreciate it if you shared the information. 
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cali_creole
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Re: Mobile homes/ land lots?

check into the lake mathews area of riverside, i have seen a lot of mobile homes thereon their own piece of land
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REHound
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Re: Mobile homes/ land lots?

Great question.

 

First, let me say that I know of NO city that will welcome your existing mobile.  You did not give the year or a description of the building materials, so at the risk of boring other reasers I offer this:

 

Some years back, the Manufactured Housing industry successfully lobbied the State of California to require all cities to permit the placement of Manufactured housing on any legal residential lot.  Cities responded, for the most part, by creating 'Design Guidelines' or ordinances making it difficult for you to drop your older Manufacture Home into their town.

 

Requirements may include:

  • Garages
  • Wood or Stucco siding (no metal)
  • Compliance with Uniform Building code and Local Zonining Codes 
  • Eaves (roof overhangs) of a m inimum that coud cause a roof to lift off while being trucked down the highway
  • Permanant concrete foundation
  • Covered porch or patio

 

cale_creole is correct, there are still many unincorporated areas where you may place a new Manufactured Home, including the Mead Valley area of Riverside Co and many parts of the HiDesert, from Twentynine Palms to Phelan.  These are the areas where landowners might rather shoot first and negotiate later with the Building Official; few if any are bucolic suburban settings.

 

There are also many own-your-own lot mobile communities, Sierra Dawn in Hemet and The Farm near Lake Elsinore come to mind.  If yours is a newer home, it might make sense in this economy to buy an old home and lot and replace it with your nice one.  You'll have an HOA, but also a tidy environment and recreation amenities.  One possible problem: I think these two are 55+ communities, but maybe another reader knows and all-ages park if you need that.

 

Here's one to consider:

 

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Hemet/561-San-Mateo-Cir-92543/unit-0/home/17951182

 

At $34,500 + HOA fees and taxes, it should be half what your rent is now.  It's a quiet street, just one block from a nice clubhouse with pool and spa.

 

Good luck!

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Geotpf
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Registered: ‎02-06-2009

Re: Mobile homes/ land lots?

Here's Riverside's rules:

 

http://www.riversideca.gov/municode/pdf/19/article-7/19-340.pdf

 

19.340.010 Purpose.

19.340.020 Applicability and Permit Requirements.

19.340.030 Development Standards.

19.340.010 Purpose.

The purpose of regulating manufactured dwellings is to ensure compatibility of such

dwellings with surrounding uses and properties and to avoid any impacts associated with such

dwellings. (Ord. 6966 §1, 2007)

19.340.020 Applicability and Permit Requirements.

Manufactured dwellings, as defined in Article X (Definitions), are permitted in any zone

where a single family residence is permitted pursuant to Government Code 65852.3 - Local

Manufactured Homes Zoning. The manufactured dwelling must be certified under the National

Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. Secs. 5401

et. seq.) and placed on a foundation system. (Ord. 6966 §1, 2007)

19.340.030 Development Standards.

The standards set forth in Article V, Base Zones and Related Use and Development

Provisions, shall apply to manufactured dwellings in addition to the following.

A. Building elevations shall be submitted for review and approval by the Zoning

Administrator depicting the roof overhang, roofing material and siding material. (Ord. 6966 §1,

2007)

RIVERSIDE MUNICIPAL CODE RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

19.340

 

Sounds like it's doable, IMHO.

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REHound
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Registered: ‎03-22-2008
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Re: Mobile homes/ land lots?

Thanks to Geoptf for the research.

 

For further reading: these standards apply to parcels in the RR (rural residential) zone of unicorporated Riverside County, so if it's country life you seek . .  .

 

http://www.tlma.co.riverside.ca.us/planning/content/zoning/ordnance/ord348a.html
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danfreman
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Re: Mobile homes/ land lots?

To ease your concerns about depreciation read Manufactured Housing Appreciation, by Consumers Union.   The study concludes that a mobile homes combined with private land appreciated or depreciated at the same rate as like sized, site built single-family homes, in the same neighbourhood.  The first rule of real-estate ( location...location...location..) is paramount to your mobile homes value.  The exact same MH, in like condition, will have greatly different price tags in a run down neighbourhood vs. a  well maintained community.
 
The same report  states that the life expectancy of a manufactured home can be 50 years (or more).   I believe that the life expectancy of any structure, including factory-built, depends on the level of care and maintenance over the years.  We have visited mobile home parks that were built in the 1950's and 60's that are still clean, attractive,  places to live.  I have also been in some parks that are less then ten years old that have become slums. 

This situation is far from exclusive to manufactured homes.   The difference between the good the bad and the ugly, places to live, is in the care given to the homes and  grounds.  In any neighbourhood, the value of your home depends on the value of the neighbours' homes.   If the place next door becomes uncared for it will quickly look "broken" and bring down the value of every home around it.  A mobile home in a neighbourhood of well kept homes, with regular maintenance, will last as long as any similar framed structure.

There are several good web sites where you can find used manufactured homes for sale.  The used mobile home market has become very active since the bottom dropped out of the real-estate market.  There are thousands of pre-owned mobile homes being offered across the country.  Prospective buyers need to protect themselves and qualify the seller as strongly as they do the home.   It is a good idea to at least, start by finding out what the licensed mobile home dealers in your area have available.   There are many legal and paper work aspects involved in purchasing a home.  Manufactured homes are no different.  The local dealer has experience site preparation as well as moving and installing homes.

 Even if you are purchasing an existing home and land package you want to be absolutely certain the the home is legally yours.... no ifs ands or buts.... With a 100% clear title on the home and title insurance on the real-estate.  Licensed dealers must be bonded and insured in every state.  The continued operation of their business depends on treating their clients correctly, as prescribed by each state's laws.

My favourite web site for finding used homes is www.MobileHomeRepoman.com   The site displays thousands of mobile homes that are owned by banks.  The foreclosed homes are being sold at prices well below their local market.  Go to the site and register.  (free no credit card required) Once you do you will be able to browse the nation wide inventory of repo mobile homes.  Your registration will be match you with the local dealers that specialises in mobile home bank repos.