As real estate prices continue to surge higher along with the rents for rental homes and apartments continue to increase the need for affordable housing is at an all time high throughout the greater Sarasota Florida area.
While there are over 400 mobile home parks in Sarasota County alone, the question, however, is; where are all the all aged mobile home parks?
The direct answer is simple, there aren’t many.
In fact, less than 10% of all mobile home parks in the greater Sarasota Florida area are all aged!
All aged mobile home parks or, more commonly referred to as family parks, are mobile home parks where there are no age limits for any of the folks who call this their home.
These types of parks offer affordable housing for families and younger people who are in need of this type of residence while offering modern amenities to the residents such as play areas for the kids, pools and club houses where they can do their school work and participate in park sponsored social activities.
While the greater Sarasota area does not have many all aged parks to chose from if the Buyer looks more into the central Florida area such as near Orlando, Lakeland, Riverview or even further north to Jacksonville these types of parks are plentiful in nature.
But, why does Sarasota have so few?
While it is hard to nail down a single reason why there are so few, one can certainly look at the history of the mobile home parks in the Sarasota Florida area and who the intended residents were when the parks were built.
Most of the parks in the greater Sarasota Florida area were built in the 1960’s and 1970’s during a time when Sarasota was a fraction of the size as it is today. Here, these parks were built primarily for snow bird retired folks looking for either a second home to come to in the winter months or for their permanent residence once they decided to retire.
During this time that the parks were built there was far less of a need for affordable housing for young families simply because the area as a whole was mostly for and inhabited by folks who were 55 years of age or older.
As the times have changed since then most of these parks still continue to provide affordable housing for seniors by offering them a safe, secure and reasonably priced home for them to call their own.
While it is frustrating to many, if the need for a family park is in your families needs you may want to look to other areas nearby if at all possible as these areas have newer parks with modern amenities created for the family in mind.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.