Many manufactured homes are indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts in construction and appearance. In California, over 60 percent of new manufactured homes sold are sited on lots in urban, suburban or rural neighborhoods. Facilitating this opportunity are state laws(Government Code Sections 65852.3 and 65852.4) which allow manufactured homes to be sited on any residential lots, providing the home meets local development standards.
Also, covenants, conditions and restrictions (C,C and R’s) adopted on or after January 1, 1988 cannot forbid the siting of a manufactured home on a residential lot, if the home can meet the same architectural standards as site-built homes in the neighborhood. (California Civil Code Section 714.5)
Many California home buyers site their new manufactured homes in planned development where they typically own the home as personal property and lease a home site from a corporation or partnership responsible for maintaining the community amenities and services, including security, clubhouses, pools, spas and common areas. There are more than 5,500 manufactured housing communities in California offering a wide variety of lifestyles. Land lease fees in California vary by region but they generally range from $250 to $900 per month.
Subdivisions, Planned Developments and Condominiums
A growing number of manufactured homes in California are being sold in conventional subdivisions, planned unit developments and condominiums where the land and home are owned and financed as real estate.