By Penny Stine
Midlands Village has been an affordable neighborhood oasis for more than two decades, offering a great value and a great community to those who are looking for a reasonably-priced home. The manufactured home park, located on the west side of 32 Road north of D Road, was developed and built throughout 1996 and sold its first homes in 1997. A few of the original homeowners still live in the park.
There are 313 homes in Midlands Village, and the owner recently purchased and developed an adjacent parcel of land to bring a new phase, Spruce Point at Midlands Village, to the market. Spruce Point offers the same amenities as the rest of Midlands Village, with a sense of community and safety, as well as nice homes with plenty of floor plans and options. There will be 43 homes at Spruce Point when it is fully developed.
Because Midlands Village has been offering homes since the late 1990s, driving through the neighborhood should give prospective buyers confidence that the community will remain a pleasant place to live. While homeowners are free to landscape and plant flowers around their homes, the park has guidelines about on-street parking, exterior home maintenance and other issues that can drag down property values for neighbors. All homes in the park must be owner-occupied, which has created a pride in ownership that’s reflected in the tidy lots, pretty landscape and obvious care the homes receive from their owners.
Homes at Midlands Village include a storage shed on the back of the property for bicycles, garden tools or anything else that doesn’t fit inside. They also all have a deck with an awning and at least two parking spaces. Some homes have covered or partially covered parking spaces. The average size of most homes in the community is about 1,200 square feet, although some two-bedroom homes are smaller, and a few models are larger.
The available new homes at Spruce Point have open floor plans. Some have a split floor plan design, with a master that’s separate from the other bedrooms. All of the double-wide models are taped and textured inside, and all of the homes have 2×6 construction. The master suites generally include a four-piece master bath, with double sinks and a walk-in shower.
Midlands Village is not age-restricted, but the majority of residents are 55 and older. There are also families with small children who recognize that it’s a great starter home opportunity. New homes start around the mid-$80,000-range for smaller, two-bedroom homes, and go up to $140,000 for the largest homes. Most homes are priced somewhere in between those two prices. Buyers are purchasing their home only, and pay a monthly lot rent for the land on which their home sits. Lot leases are $465 or $490, depending on the size of the lot.
Lot rent covers all community area landscaping and maintenance, irrigation water for their own yard, the first 3,000 gallons of domestic water, sewer and trash. There’s also a community building with a large meeting room residents can use, with a playground and a basketball area near the community building. There is a large RV parking area in the park, nicely maintained walking trails and a large community garden that gives residents who want to give up the big house and yard, but don’t want to give up home-grown squash and tomatoes a place to grow their own vegetables. The park has an on-site manager during business hours and a head maintenance person who lives on site.
Residents who sell their homes in the neighborhood are free to choose a Realtor of their choice or they can ask the park management to handle the sales. Because the park gets frequent phone calls about available homes, the manager likes to know which homes are for sale. The park has a low turnover rate, and there are usually only a few homes available for sale at any given time. Existing homes are generally less than new, and there are homes available in the park for less than $50,000.
While Spruce Point at Midlands Village is getting developed and sold, the community will have an open house every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and allow prospective buyers to tour all the available new homes in Spruce Point. The park works with several different lenders who are familiar with loans for manufactured housing. For more information about Midlands Village or to arrange a tour, contact Linda VanGavree at 434-8193