Thanks to the sharp eye of Burbed reader SEA, we have found affordable housing in Palo Alto! Thanks very much for calling out this place in comments. Yes, sonarrat wrote this place up already. I’m just adding some more context to the idea that you no longer have an excuse not to trade up to Gunn High School.
SQ. FT.: 602
$/SQ. FT.: $45
LOT SIZE: –
PROPERTY TYPE: Mobile Home (Single Wide), Room Addition
YEAR BUILT: 1964
COMMUNITY: Barron Park
COUNTY: Santa Clara
ON REDFIN: 140 days
Now you can afford Gunn High School for your teenagers and Palo Alto Unified for your smaller children! This home is much less to own than it costs to rent in Palo Alto School District! Move in and make it your own.
If you make it your own, you’ll fit right in here! The owners of the park make their own spelling rules!
Yes, you can afford Gunn for your teenagers (plural) and Palo Alto Unified for your smaller children (plural). You, your spouse, and your at least four children will delight in all 602 square feet of this expansive 3 bedroom, um, mobile home. In a trailer park. IN PALO ALTO.
I’m going to say this again. Trailer park. In Palo Alto. This is the real estate equivalent of a squeegee guy at the Ferrari dealership, or Jeff Foxworthy spilling beer on you at Bohemian Grove.
Did you ever think there were some properties that won’t gain value even with those amazing Palo Alto schools? This is one of them. 140 days on the market, price reduced 4 times, and it’s still there for the taking. Part of the reason is the neighborhood, part of the reason is the neighbors, and most of the reason is you aren’t buying any land, you’re buying a tin box and the right to pay monthly rent to keep it in PALO ALTO.
Here’s what you need to know about this place.
Mobile Home Information
- Section 1 DOH/HUD Number: GBG1040CK
- Leased Land
- Unit Will Remain
- Space Rent: $650
- Manufacturer’s ID Number: Mayflowe
- License Fee: $66
- License Renewal Date: 2012-04-30
- License Expiration Date: 2012-04-30
- License Decal Number: EJ4778
That rent seems kind of low for Palo Alto, actually. I’m sure the park owner’s agent will be delighted to negotiate a new (read: more expensive) rental agreement with you, after you close on the cargo container and have the option of either loving it or lugging it to any other trailer park in Palo Alto willing to take you at the rent you’re willing to pay.
Remember those arguments you would have as kids, like whether Superman could defeat Captain America, or if the 1978 New York Yankees could beat the 1976 New York Islanders, or if an irresistible force could shift an immovable object or which would you rather do, be staked on a fire ant hill or have all your toes cut off with a rusty soda can?
This is the grown-up version of those questions. Does the awesomeness of Palo Alto jack the price up, or does the loserdom of trailer park smash the price down? How much is this sardine can going to finally sell for?
Burbed hasn’t done many mobile homes. In fact, last time we did one, the owner of the property requested the article be yanked. So we haven’t had lots of discussion on the many issues in buying a house on leased land, but check out the comments on that thread for some of them. And here’s a brief history of this particular mobile home park.
The door of opportunity is OPEN! So move in and make it your own.