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Old 11-20-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm looking for a mobile home or manufactured home in the kansas city area. Of course, I know the home won't be located in the city but the surrounding area. I want a rent to own option and I would like a community that is clean, family oriented. Any information would be great...relocating in the spring!
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I'm looking for a mobile home or manufactured home in the kansas city area. Of course, I know the home won't be located in the city but the surrounding area. I want a rent to own option and I would like a community that is clean, family oriented. Any information would be great...relocating in the spring!
There are trailer parks in the city, the worst and most stereotypical of which are on the east edge of town along 40 highway east of Van Brunt.

One mobile home park that appears nice is only a few miles north of downtown along 169 in the center of the northland. Another one that appears decent is in Claycomo, MO, north of downtown where I-35 and 435 converge, near the Ford plant. Other nicer ones that I've actually been in that are well maintained and have pools are in Edwardsville, KS, and just east of there along K32 (Kaw Dr) in KCK.

Mobile homes are something that I'm not sure are widely accepted in KC, but I certainly understand mobile homes provide more room for a family than a comparable costing apartment, along with a yard and your own front door. The nicer of mobile home parks function just like a suburban subdivision, at least for those who are open minded and want to live within their means. Why they aren't more widespread, I'm not sure, as unfortunately most of the lowest cost housing in KC is in bad neighborhoods. But with the cheaper housing and good schools in places like Independence, Gladstone, and many of the Missouri-side suburbs, I guess I see why mobile home parks aren't more widespread. Personally, being able to own a lot and pay only a cheap HOA would make a mobile home more attractive to me, but I don't know of any parks like that in KC.

Hopefully that helps a bit, maybe somebody more familiar can be of further help.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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There are trailer parks in the city, the worst and most stereotypical of which are on the east edge of town along 40 highway east of Van Brunt.

One mobile home park that appears nice is only a few miles north of downtown along 169 in the center of the northland. Another one that appears decent is in Claycomo, MO, north of downtown where I-35 and 435 converge, near the Ford plant. Other nicer ones that I've actually been in that are well maintained and have pools are in Edwardsville, KS, and just east of there along K32 (Kaw Dr) in KCK.

Mobile homes are something that I'm not sure are widely accepted in KC, but I certainly understand mobile homes provide more room for a family than a comparable costing apartment, along with a yard and your own front door. The nicer of mobile home parks function just like a suburban subdivision, at least for those who are open minded and want to live within their means. Why they aren't more widespread, I'm not sure, as unfortunately most of the lowest cost housing in KC is in bad neighborhoods. But with the cheaper housing and good schools in places like Independence, Gladstone, and many of the Missouri-side suburbs, I guess I see why mobile home parks aren't more widespread. Personally, being able to own a lot and pay only a cheap HOA would make a mobile home more attractive to me, but I don't know of any parks like that in KC.

Hopefully that helps a bit, maybe somebody more familiar can be of further help.

One word: Tornados
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: University City
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Tornados/storms and but reason is very cheap housing, already. A little different than say...Florida where there are a lot of clean well taken care of "communities."
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^That's a very good point.

It should also be noted that like cars, mobile homes actually depreciate in value over time, so buying one is likely a rather bad investment.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Overland Park, KS
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You might do well on Craigslist. There are a few parks in western KCK, Olathe, way south on 69 in Louisburg, and on 71 in Belton. Best bet is to get on CL and plug in "mobile", "manufactured", and "double wide" into the search. I think you'll find livable units in th $10k range and pretty good ones in the $20-40K range.

In the same price range you could find an old house. It would be well worn and in an undesireable part of town. Mobiles depreciate, but I wouldn't expect massive gains in old urban core homes either. This metro area prefers to develop distant farmland than revitalize close in areas. Good luck to you.
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