Since their humble beginnings 70 years ago, manufactured homes have come a long way in design and features. In fact, these prefabricated structures have become the ultimate hidden gem when it comes to single-family home living in Edmonton.
Not only do modern manufactured homes offer all the same benefits of a site-built detached home, but they also come equipped with as many (if not more) high-end luxury amenities and features at a fraction of the cost.
Here are eight surprising features to expect in a modern manufactured home:
1. Energy Efficiency
Part of what makes manufactured homes more affordable than other properties on the Edmonton real estate market is their energy efficiency. Built under factory conditions, manufacturers are required to hit strict environmental building standards. These include testing for (and achieving) a tighter building envelope and the incorporation of energy-saving features such as vinyl/triple pane windows, LED lighting, ENERGY STAR rated equipment (i.e., furnace, AC, water heater) and more.
The result? Manufactured homeowners benefit from ongoing monthly utility savings while simultaneously reducing their overall carbon footprint.
2. Roomy Open Floorplans
Open floor plans have been in high demand among home buyers over the last several years, and for good reason. Having a shared common space between the kitchen, living room, and dining area improves your ability to entertain and remain connected to others while making your home feel larger, brighter, and more inviting.
Constructed with comfort in mind, manufactured homes can provide 2,200+ square feet of open living space that looks and feels like a typical site-built home.*
3. Eat-In Kitchens
Speaking of open kitchens, modern manufactured homes are anything but average when it comes to functionality, design and beauty. Spacious and chef-inspired, these kitchens can offer everything one could expect from a high-end single-family home, including granite countertops, tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry and ultra-modern fixtures.
The perfect space for a growing family to gather, manufactured home kitchens may also come with eat-in islands, tons of storage and a generous amount of counter space on which you can prepare your next 5-star meal.
4. Spa-Like Ensuites
Once considered a luxury home addition, ensuites are now a standard feature in modern homes – and manufactured models are no different. A private retreat at the end of a long day, manufactured home ensuites may now come outfitted with oversized soaker tubs, walk-in showers, quartz countertops, his and hers vanities, adjoining walk-in closets and much more.
Better yet, high-end luxury ensuites and bathrooms tend to be much more affordable than an average detached home as there is less on-site work to be completed.
5. Ample Yard Space
Many modern manufactured home communities offer oversized lots, enabling homeowners to put as much thought and care into designing their exterior space as they have their interior. For this reason, it’s not uncommon to see manufactured home lots with decks and patios, fire pit areas, sheds, children’s outdoor play spaces, high-end landscaping and more.
Oversized lots are yet another manufactured home feature making these models ideal for growing families (pets and children) or anyone who loves to spend time and/or entertain outdoors.
6. The Ability to Customize
When it comes to today’s manufactured homes, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Just like any new home purchase, modern manufactured homes give you the freedom to customize your new home from top to bottom within an affordable price range. From floorplans to finishes, you’ll be able to pick and chose the right features, upgrades and layout to suit your family’s unique needs now and for years to come.
7. Private Driveways and Garages
As we mentioned above, modern manufactured homes are often placed on oversized lots, most of which can easily accommodate a private driveway as well as a single or double detached garage. Like any single-family home, the driveway and garage provide additional parking options for family members and guests while also increasing the home’s overall storage capacity. Detached garages are also known to be more secure, improve curb appeal and overall resale value.
8. On-Site Amenities
In addition to fantastic interior features, large lots, and ultra-affordability new manufactured homeowners also enjoy having endless community amenities within arm’s reach. These include onsite facilities that make manufactured home communities so unique (i.e. community clubhouses, restaurants and pubs, parks and playgrounds, walking trails, convenience stores and more), as well as proximity to offsite amenities such as schools, shopping centres, services, recreation venues and more.
Key Things to Consider Before Purchasing Your New Manufactured Home:
If you’re thinking of purchasing an affordable new manufactured home in Edmonton or the surrounding areas, here are a few things to consider:
Location – The capital region is home to a number of desirable manufactured home communities, each offering a vast array of affordable newer homes. These include neighbourhoods within the City of Edmonton proper, as well as surrounding bedroom communities such as Spruce Grove and Leduc.
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Size – Manufactured homes come in a variety of sizes, the most common of which are single-wide (500-1,200 square ft.), double-wide (1,000 to 2,200 square feet) and triple or multi-wide (2,000 + square feet).
Usage – How will your home be used? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? Do you require additional room for an office or other specialized space? How long do you plan to live there? These questions will help you zero in on not only the right home size (see above) but the right floor plan and layout to meet your needs.
For more information on manufactured home opportunities in Edmonton and area, we invite you to see our latest single-family home listings. Or, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about affordable, low-maintenance mobile homes in your desired area.
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