Thanks to their affordability and versatility, “mobile” or manufactured homes are becoming an increasingly popular choice among Edmonton home buyers. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, downsizer, a growing family (or you fall somewhere in between), these prefabricated structures are a great choice for any age, lifestyle and budget.
But that’s not all.
Here are eight benefits of living in a manufactured home:
As we mentioned above, manufactured homes are highly affordable – giving Edmonton home buyers the chance to own their own homes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional site-built home. According to experts, the average 1,800 square foot manufactured home costs around $180,000 to $360,000 to build (or $270,000 on average).
Compared to a single-family home in Edmonton, a manufactured home delivers many of the same benefits but for hundreds of thousands less. Not to mention, manufactured homes are just as affordable (if not more so) than an Edmonton condo, yet generally come equipped with more square footage.
Manufactured homes are just that: manufactured in a quality-controlled environment where materials have been carefully selected (and tested) to meet the highest standards. These include strict home security and safety standards, the use of weather resistant materials (designed for Edmonton’s harsh winters), the latest in new home system technologies (heating, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical), and more.
As a result, the construction process leaves little room for error compared to a site-built home subject to supply shortages, inclement weather, trade issues, etc. For Edmonton homebuyers opting to build their manufactured home from “the ground up,” this also leads to money saved during the construction process as well as faster build times – especially since the home is nearly complete before it arrives on site.
The Ability to Keep Things Simple
Although manufactured homes have more in common with single-family homes than any other home style, they generally require less maintenance. For starters, manufactured homeowners don’t have to worry about maintaining an underground foundation or basement. Some manufactured home communities may even do the outdoor maintenance for you (lawns, driveways, etc.) in exchange for a monthly community fee or as part of your lot rental costs.
Flexible Design Choices
Manufactured homes have come a long way over the years, evolving from traditional cookie-cutter designs and layouts to a broad range of styles, floor plans, finishes and features. New models come outfitted with the latest high-end amenities, including open layouts, eat-in kitchens, hardwood flooring, designer light fixtures, granite countertops, vaulted ceilings and more.
But you don’t have to purchase new to enjoy all the upscale features of a single-family home. Many manufactured homes currently available on the Edmonton real estate market include three or more bedrooms, two bathrooms, large porches, patios and/or decks, roomy open floor plans, a detached garage, private driveway, etc.
A Unique Sense of Community
Manufactured home communities also deliver a unique sense of “neighbourliness,” unlike any other. Here again, many of these neighbourhoods oversee maintenance for you in terms of mowing the lawn, shovelling snow, maintaining driveways etc. In fact, some come with additional community-exclusive amenities such as gated entry, a local clubhouse and/or community league, fitness centre or pool, centrally located parks and green spaces, stormwater lakes, golf courses, local shops and more.
Homeowners living in manufactured home communities also have the advantage of having many friendly neighbours within close proximity – providing added security and social connection while, at the same time, allowing you to maintain a sense of privacy in your own home.
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Due to the controlled environment in which these homes are produced, builders have refined the construction process to keep wasted materials to a minimum – making manufactured homes one of the most environmentally-friendly home styles available on the market. This streamlined process allows builders to use minimal materials without compromising the integrity of the finished home.
Newer models are also outfitted with the latest energy-efficient features and amenities, including triple-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, smart home systems (i.e. programmable lights and thermostats), hot water on demand and more. Manufactured homeowners enjoy lower utility bills as a result.
New Home Warranty
Like any other newly constructed home in Alberta, brand new manufactured homes (or any home built after 2014) come backed by a fully comprehensive ten-year home warranty. This includes:
One-year materials and labour coverage – Any defects related to the home’s construction and materials used during the process (i.e., cabinetry, flooring, fixtures, baseboards, etc.).
Two years mechanical systems coverage – Otherwise known as your home’s delivery and distribution systems, this coverage includes defects related to your heating, plumbing, ventilation, electrical systems, etc.
Five years envelope protection – Often referred to as your home’s “shell,” your home’s envelope keeps the interior of your home separated from the exterior environment. This coverage includes materials and workmanship related to your roof, walls, etc.
Ten years major structural components coverage – This coverage oversees any warrantable defects that may affect your home’s structural integrity (i.e. any load-bearing part). This may include your manufactured home’s roof, framing and foundation.
Just like any other detached, single-family home in Edmonton, manufactured homes tend to appreciate over time. However, resale value will be subject to the Edmonton estate market as well as:
- The condition of the home
- The home’s location
- The condition of the neighbourhood
- Whether or not the home is priced correctly
- Comparable home prices in the area
Keep in mind, regardless of current market conditions, manufactured homes remain consistently in high demand among those looking for affordable homeownership in the capital region.
Manufactured Home Communities in and Around Edmonton
Check out the following manufactured home communities in the capital region and learn more about what they have to offer:
1. Manufactured Estates and Parkland Village in Spruce Grove
There are two popular manufactured home communities in Spruce Grove: City Estates and Parkland Village:
Manufactured City Estates - An excellent choice for those wishing to live near it all. In this amenity-rich neighbourhood, residents enjoy the convenience of having everything they need within arm’s reach, including Heritage Grove Park and its trail system to the north, downtown Spruce Grove to the east, and Highway 16A to the south.
Parkland Village - With its quiet, rural atmosphere and big-city amenities, Parkland Village strikes the perfect balance between country life and city living. Tucked away in Parkland County, the village is just minutes to downtown Spruce Grove and 20 minutes from Edmonton city limits.
2. Westview Village in West Edmonton
Westview Village is a manufactured home community defined by Highways 16 and 16A, near the west Anthony Henday. A long-established neighbourhood in West Edmonton, most homes in this area were built during the 1960s and 1970s and have been retrofitted with the latest features and upgrades. Nearly all remaining homes were built between 1980 and 2000, offering two to three bedrooms and spacious floorplans. Besides large, fenced lots, decks and patios, several home in Westview Village offer detached garages and generous square footage.
In addition to two playgrounds, a sports field, fitness center, daycare, convenience store and two stormwater lakes, Westview Village is home to an active community league. The neighbourhood is also a few minutes’ drive from West Edmonton Mall, several championship golf courses and many more of the city’s most celebrated amenities.
3. Castle View Village in Northwest Edmonton
Castle View Village is situated in Northwest Edmonton’s greater Castle Downs district. The residents of this established manufactured community are within walking distance of two local schools (public and Catholic), parks and open green spaces, an active community league, and an extensive recreation center.
Most manufactured properties in Castle View Village were built between the late 1970s and early 1980s. As a result, many homes for sale in the area have double-wide lots, large floorplans, and modern upgrades. In addition to being extremely walkable, residents in Castle View Village have easy access to transit and major commuter routes, such as Anthony Henday and 97th Street (less than 20 minutes to downtown).
4. Evergreen in Northeast Edmonton
The Northeast Edmonton community of Evergreen is bordered by 18th Street to the west, Horsehill Creek to the north, Meridian Street to the east, and 167th Avenue to the south. With its open green spaces and proximity to Anthony Henday, Evergreen offers the best of both worlds when it comes to prairie living and big-city convenience.
Since the 1970s, Evergreen has grown to over 1,000 happy homeowners. The neighbourhood is nestled alongside a quiet wooded ravine with on-site amenities including a community hall, outdoor rink, playground, convenience store, restaurant and more. The area’s mature status has not prevented many homes from being renovated with modern finishes and features. Furthermore, most units come with large lots, ample yard and deck space, and, in some cases, detached garages.
See also: Edmonton’s Best Manufactured Home Communities: Evergreen
5. Maple Oak Ridge in Southeast Edmonton
One of Edmonton’s smallest manufactured home communities, Maple Oak Ridge has been around for over 30 years. In addition to the Sherwood Park Freeway, Whitemud Drive, and west Anthony Henday, this semi-secluded and family-friendly neighbourhood offers access to 17th Street.
Residents of Maple Oak Ridge can easily reach Sherwood Park and Southeast Edmonton amenities. Among them are several public and Catholic schools, medical and family-oriented services, shops (including big-box retailers), restaurants, recreation and entertainment venues. In addition, Maple Oak Ridge residents enjoy having a convenience store, restaurant and pub, playgrounds, open green spaces, parks and trails, community league, and public transportation at their doorsteps.
The area features many newly constructed and renovated homes outfitted with modern upgrades. A typical single-family unit in this neighbourhood has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private driveway and/or garage.
6. Willow Park Estates in Leduc
Willow Park Estates is a family-friendly manufactured home community in the thriving City of Leduc. This welcoming neighbourhood was established in the 1970s, as part of the Willow Park subdivision in the city’s north end. There are 156 manufactured home sites in Willow Park Estates, characterized by mature trees, quiet streets, and well-maintained landscaping.
As a result of its affordable home prices and proximity to amenities, Willow Park Estates continues to be a popular choice among buyers of all lifestyles and budgets - including first-time buyers, growing families, and downsizers.
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 manufactured homes in your desired area.
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Originally published April 2, 2021, updated March 1, 2023
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