Resident-owned mobile home parks come with a bit of a bonus for residents who want to own. Everyone in a resident-owned community owns a slice of the property. You may have heard of co-operatives before, as many businesses around the country are adopting that model. For example, Namaste Solar became a co-operative, giving a vote to all employees instead of one owner. Likewise, a resident-owned mobile park takes out the leasing office and puts the power into the hands of the residents.
“You have a say in the park’s business and how it looks,” said Chateau Village Manager Marty Baxter on the benefits of resident-owned communities.
Being part of a resident-owned mobile home park is beneficial to the residents because they are in control of monthly rent and repairs. They also have added liability protection and security against eviction for development.
In Florida, resident-owned mobile home parks are primarily age-restricted. These communities are found in mid-to-south Florida near the state’s coastline and many interior lakes.
Take a look at a few of our hand-picked resident-owned mobile home parks across Florida.
Paradise Island in Largo
Paradise Island is a resident-owned home park in Largo that offers 824 units and has easy access to Old Tampa Bay, Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The park’s clubhouse is perfect for large events, with seating for 400, plus a commercial kitchen. Social butterflies will love the number of events, group classes and specialty clubs the park has to offer.
Additionally, there is a swimming pool and hot tub, a covered picnic area, shuffleboard and more. Get out for a night of eating and drinking in the nearby towns, spend a day enjoying the outdoors or just enjoy some of your neighbors’ company.
Chateau Village in Bradenton
Located on 44 acres in Bradenton, this 55+ community has a small-town feel. It also is conveniently located near Tampa, Clearwater, St. Pete, and Sarasota. There are 262 lots and 14 RV sites at Chateau Village. The park is surrounded by water, sandwiched between the Sarasota Bay and Manatee River. Chateau Village is also closeby to Tampa Bay, Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve, Bayshore Gardens and the Gulf of Mexico.
Westwind in Dunedin
This resident-owned mobile home park in Pinellas County is actually two: Westwind One and Westwind Two. Between the two 55+ parks, there are 383 homes. Westwind One and Westwind Two are separate parks with each having its own financials and board of directors, but coordinate everything else between the two. Located in Dunedin, the parks are located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Each one boasts its own beach for residents. As for community activities, there is weekly BINGO, shuffleboard, a bowling league, golfing, cycling, arts and crafts, a workout room, two heated pools and more.
Hacienda Village in Winter Springs
Hacienda Village is one of a few resident-owned mobile home parks in central Florida, only a short drive from Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. Central-Florida living offers some of the best in Florida. That’s because you have the option between the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the surrounding lakes and state parks. All these options for less than an hour-and-a-half drive away! In Hacienda Village, there are 447 lots on 83 acres, with multiple sites that are available for new units within the 55+ community. The park itself offers a clubhouse, heated swimming pool, library, fitness center, billiards and more. There is a community dinner and dance each month. But the community also has daily events, group fitness, crafts, potlucks and more.
Harbor Oaks Homeowners Cooperative in Fruitland Park
Located on Lake Griffin in Fruitland Park, Harbor Oaks Homeowners Cooperative is a 55+ mobile home community where every resident has instant access to beautiful water views. Additionally, the Ocala National Forest is right around the corner for anyone who enjoys Florida’s beautiful natural resources. Harbor Oaks Homeowners Cooperative has 207 sites, plus an RV park right at the marina. The clubhouse offers daily events. There is a house band. And the community has a heated pool and spa, as well as a private boat launch with 31 covered slips.
Colony Cove in New Port Richey
For resident-owned mobile home parks in southwest Florida, check out Colony Cove, a 55+ community right off the gulf coast. The park has 288 mobile home sites, and if you love water, Colony Cove is located on the Cotee River, which features a boat dock, fishing, is only five miles to local beaches and is surrounded by 80 acres of nature preserve. The community has two pools, including one that’s heated so you can enjoy the water year-round. The community offers regular social events and activities so you can get to know your neighbors.
Horizon Village Co-op in North Fort Myers
Looking for that laid-back lake life and a resident-owned mobile home park in southwest Florida? Look no further than Horizon Village Co-op, Inc, a 55+ community. The mobile home park is located along the Caloosahatchee River, right across from Fort Myers. The park offers daily events for residents, including group fitness classes, BINGO, line dancing, card games and more. In addition to the community-provided events and outdoor activities, Fort Myers has great shopping, eating and drinking, festivals and citywide events.
Midway Estates in Vero Beach
Located in Vero Beach, Midway Estates Co-op is a 55+ mobile home community for buyers and renters looking for a co-op living environment. The park has 266 lots. Community amenities include a heated pool and spa, clubhouse, bocce court, shuffleboard, bingo, and biking. Outside of Midway Estates are the beautiful Vero beaches, with free parking at public beaches. Passing through Vero Beach is the Indian River Lagoon, and a few miles north is Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. In addition, Vero Beach offers the lush McKee Botanical Garden on 80 acres. This makes Vero Beach a great place for residents who love exploring the natural surroundings.
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