About this time last year, my son encouraged me to sell my home and move out north to be closer to him in the same mobile home park. He had been living there for a few years. My house is an older home and had become hard for me to keep up. Well, I decided to take the plunge. My thought was to find a mobile home that would need little work and would be “move in” ready, and find a lot in the park with at least one tree.
Instead of selling my home, my grandson asked if he could rent it until he could save up to purchase it. I liked the idea of keeping it in the family, but this limited my budget for the mobile home. I looked and waited to find just the perfect place. Finally, a few months later, one came up for sale in the park and I went to look at it. Oh boy…..it was a corner lot and had more yard to keep up than my home….put this on the con list. But, it had two beautiful trees, one pine and one maple. It was a gorgeous lot….put that on the pro list. It was a 1985 mobile home and in desperate need of paint or new siding…..once again, add it to the con list. No deck….con. It had old tile in the kitchen that was peeling up….con. Horrible cabinets in the kitchen…two were painted black..con. A broken window in the kitchen…con. Horrible wallpaper…con. The living room only had an old, dirty rug on top of 3 layers of tile and particle board…con. Many walls throughout had large holes in them, I was told the previous owner had anger issues. Every single room needed new drywall, carpet, tile, painting…BIG con. What are we up to now….9 cons and 1 pro. Ugh.
So, about now you’re thinking that this obviously was not the place for a 70 year old woman, who wanted a “move in” ready mobile home. You probably think that I passed this one up. You would be wrong. I fell in love with it the minute I stepped in the front door. I ignored the 9 cons completely. It took me all of 5 minutes to purchase it!
Here are some “before” pics. The openness of the living room and kitchen plus the cathedral ceiling are what really what sold me.
Of course, I’ve been working my old arthritic fingers to the bone since these pics, but that will be another post. What on earth was I thinking? I was thinking that this place had so much potential. I was also thinking that it would be a fun project. There have been a few tears along the way, but I know it will all be worth it in the end.
Hope you’ll check back for updated pics!