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Old 01-25-2020, 11:45 AM
 
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Hello, this may have been addressed here previously, but I may be retiring to Ft Wayne, and have seen some very affordable mobile homes listed on Zillow and other sites. Any opinions on Countryside Village??...just me, no family and in my 60s.
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Central Indiana/Indy metro area
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Judging by the street view photos available on-line, doesn't look too awful. The lots are clean, they appear to have installed somewhat newer playground equipment. They have a slab with a basketball goal and next to that was a recently poured slab for something (tape is around it). Photos are from 2018, so at least they appear to be putting money into the place and making sure people keep the yards clean. The cars also don't appear to be rust buckets. Some of the homes need some fixing up though, that is a bad sign.

Mobile Homes are almost always depreciating assets. If I were to live in one, I'd buy as cheap as possible and I'd know where the nearest parking garage was in case of a serious storm producing tornadoes was approaching. Some parks have underground shelters, but I'm not sure how many are willing to invest in those. Storms with strong straight line winds or tornadoes can cause serious damage to mobile homes.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:23 AM
 
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Thanks for your reply, Indy!...not to sure about an all-age park, and like you mentioned, the storms can be a real problem there if in a mobile home...the weather does spoil us out here on the left coast, haha!
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Hello, this may have been addressed here previously, but I may be retiring to Ft Wayne, and have seen some very affordable mobile homes listed on Zillow and other sites. Any opinions on Countryside Village??...just me, no family and in my 60s.

I'm in Fort Wayne on business all the time, in fact in the industrial park just west of there.

That is a quiet area, and very close to any amenities you may need. Additionally, east of there has seen a lot of growth as of late, including a newer hospital with lots of health facilities around it and nearby.

Allen County actually has a low risk for tornadoes, very few have hit the county, especially in town, in the last 20 years or so.

Good luck.
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:53 AM
 
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A strategy for mobile homes in mh parks is to find one that has lots of deferred maintenance, but is otherwise clean and never been damaged by leaking roof, etc. I say this because the less you pay, the more you can afford to put into it. I have seen some lovely MH's that did just that. Very nice kitchen, very nice bathrooms, and very nice wood floors (pets wreck carpets) and wall coverings, etc. Remodel it with features you like. One nice one I saw had tile floors everywhere, nice tiles, with the heat elements running underneath. They only needed to turn on the regular heater a few times when it got real cold. Stuff like that. Nice closet re-do, and new roof material--so the home will last in good shape as long as the people living there.
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:46 PM
 
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Thanks oldcarguy49! Good advice that I will keep in mind.
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