Mobile homes aren’t what they used to be. It’s estimated that about 20 million Americans are currently shacking up in mobile homes. Of that population, 57 percent is fully employed and another 23 percent is simply retired and living the good life. So what gives? Well, when you break it down and take a look at what a move into a mobile home has to offer these days, it’s not hard to see why so many Americans are opting for more mobile living.
Tiny homes are a thing
Tiny homes are the 21st century, hipster-approved mobile home option that blows the not-so-designerly notion of an ugly, ramshackle mobile home right out of the water. From eco-luxe camping trailers that are entirely suited for full-time living to actual tiny homes that are just smaller versions of the real deal, but on wheels, single- and double-wide are no longer the only options.
A commitment-phobe’s dream
If you’re over renting but the commitment of owning a home scares the living daylights out of you, a mobile home may be the ideal compromise. When you commit to a home, you commit to the land, its upkeep, real estate taxes, and location, too. If you don’t like your neighbors or some new development around you, there’s not much you can do about it in a home that’s anchored in the ground. With a mobile home, however, for a not-so-astronomical price, you can simply pick up and move. Beyond mobility, mobile homes let you sidestep much of the extra commitment while still letting you be the master of your own space.
The best of both worlds
When you choose a mobile home over an apartment, you save yourself from shared walls, crazy landlords, and seedy building managers in one fell swoop while still trading up for many of the bonuses that traditional homes offer, like a yard. Another bonus is fewer rules than you’ll typically find in an apartment or condo setting. For example, if you’re a pet owner, moving to a mobile home makes sense—compared to the animal-banning clauses and sky-high pet deposits that most apartments or condos require, mobile homes are a pet lover’s paradise.
Just the right amount of (customizable!) space
Whether you’re looking to downsize from too much space or are an interior design fiend with custom home decor dreams, the slightly condensed space that mobile homes offer is key. They’re designed to fit everything you need in a smaller space and, therefore, provide you with the perfect opportunity to do more with less. If you want gorgeous flooring or a killer kitchen fit for a chef, realizing those dreams is much easier (and more affordable) when you have less space. There’s living proof of—and boundless inspiration for— stylish living on the move, too, like Rebecca Knabe’s Trailer Chic Girls blog and Laird Herbet’s Yukon Tiny Home.
Seriously save on cash
Last, but certainly not least, one of the main reasons you should consider mobile home living is the affordability associated with it. While price varies based on your location, buying a mobile home will run you roughly $30,000–$70,000 for a standard selection, and lot rent clocks in at about $200-$300 a month on average in the US. Mid-range tiny homes cost an average of $20,000–$40,000. For new couples just getting started in the world, young professionals investing in their careers over their housing, or retirees looking to downsize their lifestyle to match their retirement fund better, the savings associated with mobile home living are practically too good to pass up.
Are you as converted as we are? From young millennials who don’t want to settle down quite yet to those looking to live a life that’s a more economical and eco-friendly, the idea that living a mobile home lifestyle is for those who couldn’t make another option work is decidedly one of the past. If we had to bet on it, we’d put our money on killer mobile homes and the tiny house movement giving traditional housing a run for its money in the not-so-distant future.