i scooted up to santa barbara county this weekend to check out 5 mobile home parks. in my eternal search for a quiet green place to retire i thought i would broaden my search to include manufactured homes.
along the american riviera (as santa babs is known) i can either afford a condo or a mobile home. after my visit this weekend, i know which one i’ll be choosing.
all of the parks i visited had lovely grounds with tidy streets, lots of trees, and a well-tended ambiance. most people had small planting areas, some had yards, porches, and patios. all of the parks are close to my favorite walking beaches.
they range in price from the low 200’s for an older model up to nearly 600k for a newer model less than 5 years old. lot rents depend on the mobile home and park but in this area they’re in the $500-850 range. some of the lot rents include water, gas, trash, and sewer.
these homes pictured are all located in senior parks for those over 55. perfect for someone like me who wants to live a quiet life.
certainly i will miss the mariachis, ice cream truck, dogs barking, helicopters, neighbor chatter, parties, bandsaws, leaf blowers, fireworks, and construction noises.
but not that much.
i will enjoy having a tiny yard to tend and an extra bedroom for guests. my house will be larger, my yard smaller, and the responsibilities of home maintenence and repair will be easier.
i love the santa barbara area and i know people there. i’ll still be close enough to los angeles when i need a big city fix, or an international airport. it’s settled then, i know where i’m retiring. of course, as we know only too well, many things can happen to change this equation, but in my mind at least things are settled.
i’m still playing around with venetian images in my landscape sketchbook. still immersed in the beginning of the school year 30 school days down and 150 to go. not that i’m counting.
i’m enjoying most of my new students very much. this year we’re using google classroom and i absolutely love it! i have a virtual classroom online where i post assignments, etc., You may remember me mentioning an incredible writer I had in 3rd grade… Here’s a story he’s working on in the G.C.
I work in a laundromat for 24 hours a day, I meet many amazing people that tell me about their lives while they wait for their clothes. My job is to assist people with the dryers and the washing machine. Many people are too lazy to wait for their clothes and just drop them of so I can do it for them. I like my job but I have low pay and I get treated bad by my boss. Today was a long day of working and talking with my customers. Today I met a smart kid that made his own business from scratch. It was already 12:19 and I was still at work. I heard a noise come from dryer 562. I went to check the dryer and when I was there I was so astonished of what I found. I yelled for help because there was a man in the dryer.I thought he was hurt but he was fine. My boss came in and started yelling at me and threatened to fire me. I guess he was having his sleep. I asked the man in the dryer why he was there and he told me that everyday dryer 562 opens up a portal that leads into another world. I thought he was crazy but………he proved
Over and out friends, see you soon!