100 “Micro” Manufactured Homes Coming to Palm Springs, CA Community
Rolling into South Palm Springs soon, the Silvercrest micro homes demonstrates how we can “Go Small” and “Live Large.”
The popular “Tiny Home” program on HGTV has inspired the notion that living small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design, comfort, and amenities. The manufactured housing industry has also embraced that notion by offering small homes that assure the homeowner does not sacrifice quality construction, safety and legal requirements for site placement.
Diminutive in size, manufactured homes currently arriving in the 1960s-era Palm Canyon Mobile Club in South Palm Springs give new meaning to the axiom that “less is more,” reports Palm Springs Life.
Palm Springs Micro Homes
Ravinia Communities owns multiple manufactured & mobile home parks across the country and has taken this mantra to heart and have given it a distinctly Palm Springs spin, with plans to add approximately 100 new “micro homes” at their recently acquired Palm Canyon Mobile Club community. (Ravinia is working in conjunction with Goetz Ventures, a real estate firm that owns and operates mobile home and RV community properties in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.)
The expression “micro homes” is the result of discussions Ravinia had with Paul Kaplan, CEO of the Paul Kaplan Group. “They came to ask me if I wanted to represent the sales of new manufactured homes at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club,” says Kaplan. “Because of the desirable location and unique buyer profile we have in Palm Springs, and considering the popularity of tiny homes across the nation, I suggested trying to do something a little different than the traditional mobile home. Although they’ve never done anything like this previously, they were open to thinking outside the box and thought it would be beneficial to provide this unique product not currently available in Palm Springs.”
Silvercrest, a Corona-based manufactured home and modular home company located about an hour from Palm Springs, is building the micro homes. “They’re one of the biggest manufactured home builders in Southern California. They were willing to work with us to customize the homes the way we wanted,” says Kaplan. “The homes are built by the Silvercrest factory using similar construction materials as a stick built homes and are built to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) construction and safety standards.”
Tiny Homes Offer Finacial Freedom
Five of the new micro homes are currently on site and an additional six will join them by early July. Five of the micro homes are approximately 600 sq.ft. with one bedroom and one bath, while the others are Two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans with approximately 800 square feet of living space.
“The homes don’t feel small when you are in them,” says Kaplan.
“The abundant use of windows with glass sliders that open to the outside, plus clerestory windows and nine-foot ceilings, make the homes feel light and bright, much larger than their actual footprint. I also love how efficient the design of the floor plan is. Even though it’s small, there’s great separation from living areas and the bedroom area with no wasted space.”
The one bedroom homes start at $126,000 and include a front porch, covered carport, private fenced yard, plus two balcony-sized decks off the bedroom and living room. The two bedroom homes are laid out similar to the one bedroom model, except that an additional bedroom and bathroom have replaced the front porch. The two bedroom homes with a double tandem carport, are currently available for $150,000. All of the manufactured homes have private, gated backyards.
He also notes that placing the micro homes on a traditional double wide lot allows for a large private outdoor space. “Although the homes are small, your actual living space more than doubles by having access to outdoor decks and porches,” explained Kaplan.