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Mobile Home Living In Orange County

June 03, 1988|Clipboard researched by Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times, Page designed by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The California State Department of Housing and Community Development estimates there are about 450,000 mobile homes in California, housing 800,000 people. In Orange County, an estimated 64,600 people reside in mobile homes at 250 parks.

Orange County has 100 mobile home parks with 100 or more spaces, while six parks have fewer than 25 spaces.

Five of California's 20 resident-owned mobile home parks are located in Orange County: The Groves, Irvine; Rancho Del Avion and Villa San Juan Mobile Estates, San Juan Capistrano; Palm Beach Park, San Clemente; Cherokee Mobile Park, Anaheim.

Orange County mobile home parks have a 6-7% yearly turnover rate.

Manufactured Housing Institute officials estimate construction costs in Orange County for a mobile home at $30.10 per square foot, compared to $42 for comparable site-built homes.

Only about 3% of all mobile homes in Orange County are ever moved once they've been delivered to an original foundation site.

Orange County averages 1.9 people per mobile home.

Sale prices of mobile homes in Orange County typically range from a low of $3,500 to a high of $120,000.

Orange County's most popular sites for mobile home parks are Santa Ana (with 29), Anaheim (28) and Costa Mesa (23). Westminster (18) and Huntington Beach (17) round out the top five. There are 17 parks in the county's unincorporated areas.

Mobile homes in Orange County have an average annual appreciation rate of 12.9%, compared to 9.4% in San Diego County and 15.7% in Los Angeles County.

Sources: State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development; The California Manufactured Housing Institute; Talley and Associates, Inc., Foremost Insurance Company

COUNTY'S LARGEST MOBILE HOME PARKS

Los Alisos

5772 Garden Grove Ave., Westminster 92683

(714) 892-7177

Founded: 1969

Spaces: 665

Number of residents: about 1,000

Age range of residents: 40 to 50 years

Average monthly space rent: $440

Type of park: Adult - 75% couples; 25% singles

Amenities: Jacuzzi, clubhouse, swimming pool, RV (recreational vehicle) storage for residents only

The Groves

5200 Irvine Blvd., Irvine 92720

(714) 731-7681

Founded: 1978

Spaces: 533

Number of residents: about 1,000

Age range of residents: 60 to 65 years

Average monthly space rent: $515 (cap) includes $100 park maintenance and operation fees

Type of park: Seniors - 95% couples; 5% singles

Amenities: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court, shuffleboard, clubhouse, billiard room, card room, library, laundry facilities, auditorium, Nautilus equipment, golf, bowling, pottery and woodcraft workshops

Source: Orange County Manufactured Housing Educational Trust; Golden State Mobile Home Owners League; individual parks

AVERAGE MONTHLY SPACE RENT BY REGION

Average Monthly Region Rent ** Orange County $274 138 San Diego County 227 115 Los Angeles County 208 105 Inland South * 175 88 State Average 198 100

* Includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

** Monthly Rental as a Percentage of State Average

Source: State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development

MOBILE HOMES AND RENT CONTROL

Have Rent Control % of %of Region Parks Spaces Orange County 7 8 Los Angeles County 32 50 San Diego County 17 27 Inland South* 29 44 Statewide 22 34

* Includes Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties

Source: State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development

MOBILE HOME SPACE MEASUREMENTS, TYPES

Single-wide Double-wide Triple-wide Residential Region Spaces % Spaces % Spaces % Spaces % Orange County 22 72 6 95 Los Angeles County 43 49 8 99 San Diego County 31 57 12 96 Inland South * 35 55 10 89 State Totals 37 55 8 92

** RV Camping Region Spaces % Spaces % Orange County 4 1 Los Angeles County 1 - San Diego County 3 1 Inland South * 7 4 State Totals 5 3

** Recreational vehicles

* Includes Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties

Source: State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development

SIZING UP THE MOBILE HOME PARKS

Total Total Avg. Spaces % of % of Region Parks Spaces Per Park Parks Spaces Orange County 250 34,027 136 4 8 Los Angeles County 770 53,396 69 13 12 San Diego County 487 46,384 95 9 11 Inland South* 828 79,740 96 14 18 All others 3,475 218,517 63 60 51 State totals 5,810 432,064 74 100 100

* Includes Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties

Source: State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development

RESIDENT-OWNED MOBILE HOME PARKS IN ORANGE COUNTY

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