The words "luxury" and "mobile homes" don't often go together - but that's exactly what a Houston construction firm wants to accomplish as it embarks on launching six communities across Texas capable of fitting nearly 3,000 manufactured homes.
Live Lone Star recently broke ground on a $34 million, 420-home community at 17730 County Road 127 in Pearland. The 55-acre project will be followed by communities in the Tomball area (including a community at 20500 FM 2920 in Hockley) as well as Santa Fe, San Antonio, New Braunfels and Corpus Christi. Each community is expected to begin welcoming residents next year.
The developer - started by executives at Houston-based Jacob White Construction - aims to hit the sweet spot between luxury and affordability. Live Lone Star wants to elevate the standard approach to a mobile home park by creating gated communities with some of the same perks found in master-planned neighborhoods.
Its Pearland community, called The Landing at Pearland, will have a 6,000 square-foot clubhouse, a resort-style pool, a workout facility, event lawns, playgrounds, dog parks and sports courts.
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"When people hear manufactured homes the first thing they think of is a trailer park - that's not glamorous," said Chris White of Live Lone Star, a Jacob White Construction executive who started Live Lone Star last year with Jeff Mickler and Sean Mickler. "We really want to provide a great alternative for people here in Texas and we're excited to offer these amenity-rich neighborhoods."
But prices will be much lower than a standard home in a typical gated community. The average price for a manufactured home was $123,500 at the end of last year within the south region, which includes Texas, according to Census data. (This excludes the cost of land, which is either leased or purchased separately.) In comparison, the average home prices hit $426,061 in Houston in April, according to Houston Association of Realtors,
I believe I hear Roger Miller singing in the distance......
No, seriously, the one that is going in not far from me will have well water. Each "home" will be responsible for their own sewer system. I believe the location might be close enough to the dump to get a nice odor if the wind blows the right way.
Never mind that this is going to add even more children to an overcrowded school system. What about storm protection? Several years ago, one of my friends had a unique idea to protect towns from tornados. We should just put a ring of mobile homes around the town, and they would get hit instead of the town. Wonder if the same would apply with hurricanes?
@Blackbird : thanks for reporting the information : I don't think Mobile homes will ever be luxurious property and the prices to own them is outrageous. Those things scare me specially when weather is so unpredictable.
@susieq : Guess they're not worried...if they were worried about storms they wouldn't be permitted especially in coastal areas which includes Brazoria County...you try to get new windows lately? Now that I think about it I don't know how the feds allow it when they are so strict with specifications for homes...???
@Stealth83 : I nearly, so close, bought one. The trouble was the 'lot rent' was more than the mortgage! That's when I made the decision to move to Texas and buy a real house for the same place. I doubt that place is still there, they weren't well made homes, and they were built on acreage affectionately known as Mt Trashmore locally.
@NGM1957 : Why, yes, I have purchased windows lately. 28 of them. Hurricane proof. They cost more than our first house. The day after the install was finished, a county inspector came out to look at them and verify they were indeed hurricane proof. Did it make one bit of difference in our homeowner's or wind and storm damage insurance? Not one penny. Since they have a "lifetime guarantee," and we are both over 65, I think the company got the better deal on that one. So, even if the house goes, the windows should be fine.
@susieq : Dave Barry had a story; after Hurricane Andrew his screened porch blew away, but the framed door still worked at the edge of the deck. His story was that every morning, he'd let the dogs out his back door, and they'd run across the deck to that door and wait for it to be opened. I'm picturing your house blowing away, but all the windows still fine, somewhere in your yard. After you've sold it, of course.
This is an absolute lie. I don't think Santa Fe is the only place **** off. I live in Hockley and they are behind my house right now. They said they would leave trees. We have been lied to, had our homes destroyed from there clearing and grubbing of 82 acres of 80 year old pine trees, all the wild life has been displaced. They have broke our water main. They wont even pay to have dust suppression done. They try and say that we are against low income family's. Well we are all low income in this area, there are people that already live in trailers they are walking all over. Living crammed like a can of sardine is not Luxury, there is not enough room for any of these amenities they are speaking of. The Landing in Pearland is located directly behind a land fill next to the Friendswood Airport. I guess that's Luxury for us low income people. My mortgage payment is less than they are purposing the chattel at 10% interest and the 4500 square feet they will rent you for $700 a month. These developers build these parks in areas were they know they can get away with it, then once people bring there trailer they will start increasing the rent to the point that the family cant afford it anymore. They will evict them and they wont have they money to move there trailer. In 5 or 10 years they will have a park full of trailers, sell it and then it will turn into a crime ridden dump. There are 7000 low income home being built less than 1 mile from the Micklers development. Cypress Green and Jubilee Community. these are stick built homes that you own your own land. That what these "good people" need. Not to be preyed upon by trailer park property investors.