Re: Trailer Park as Community
From: Anne Little (
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:19:34 -0800 (PST)
In most states trailers and trailer park owners have a whole set of separate
laws governing ownership, transfer, abandonment, etc. All very different
from houses that are stuck to the ground. You'd have to check your local

Anne L

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Sandelin [mailto:floriferous [at]] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 5:56 PM
To: 'Cohousing-L'
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Trailer Park as Community

It would be interesting to see if banks and buyers would go along with this
idea. I have a student who lives in a local trailer park and it is my
impression from conversations with the family that everybody in the park
owned their own trailer and rented the space from the park. Some folks rent
the trailers from others, in a couple of cases that I heard about, from the
families of folks that died. The offsite inheritors could not sell the
trailers.  I think to have a viable model, you will need some kind of resale
assurance for the people buying in. If I buy a trailer for $15,000 in a park
I would think I would want to be assured that I could later resell my
investment if I decided that this community living idea didn't fit. Banks
require the ability to resell before they will loan. Doing it without banks
is fine, but you still need to find cash buyers willing to risk substantial
money, and while 15-25K seems inexpensive compared to the price of built out
cohousing, for those in the lower income brackets it can be a large and
difficult sum and may represent an entire life's savings to invest in an odd
and risky venture.

Rob Sandelin 

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:32 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Trailer Park as Community

On Feb 17, 2010, at 6:20 PM, Blaise Tobia wrote:

> this article - is that we shouldn't get too bogged down in the 
> physical and design aspcts of cohousing. Building coho trailer parks, 
> slowly converting apartment buildings, organicaly changing 
> neighborhoods - these should all be part of the mix.

I think some communities have added to their goals the design of an
architecturally exemplary community. As if they are doing this odd thing, it
has to be better than they had before. While I think the way the facilities
support social interactions and the way facilities are cooperatively
maintained are integral to cohousing, it is also important to remember that
being house-poor nationally got us where we are today.

i have thanked myself many times over for not taking advantage of inflated
home prices to take out a larger mortgage. And I think about downsizing even

I've found that even though people talked about downsizing when they moved
in, many have upsized now by buying larger units as they become available.

Sharon Villines
"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere."
Albert Einstein

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