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How to Live in the Bay Area sans Rent, Mortgage, or Property Tax Payments (Part II)

Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. ()

December 3rd, 2007 · 4 Comments

Earlier this year I reported on a reclusive hermit living on — literally on — the San Francisco Bay.  Thanks to an article in yesterday’s New York Times, I believe I’ve stumbled upon yet another way to live somewhat more cheaply in this area.

To live in a true McMansion in this area you need to be fairly wealthy.  What about a mobile McMansion?  The New York times reports that, just as with our regular housing stock here, the high-end recreational vehicle market is still going strong, thank you very much.

So, if you don’t have the money to buy a real McMansion, how about picking up a tasty little Allure 470 Crane Prairie, essentially a 2/2 on wheels.  It will set you back a mere several hundred grand, but includes all the amenities you would expect in a McMansion:  LCD, avant-garde kitchen and bathrooms…

While gas is undoubtedly an expensive part of owning such a beast, the property tax on it is negligible compared to that of a stationary home.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Metrowest MA Real Estate // Dec 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Kevin - What an awesome looking ride. I had heard about how beautiful some of these mobile homes were on the inside but did not realize they were that nice! Wow that is some spread. The pictures are great.

  • 2 Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. () // Dec 3, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    It’s pretty incredible, isn’t. The funny thing is, these mobile homes are actually bigger than some of the small properties available for sale here! Given a choice between a $400K studio in Mountain View or a $400K tricked-out mobile home, I’d probably opt for the latter.

  • 3 Los Altos Dave // Dec 5, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Advocating a gas guzzling Uber ride…not very green. That being said, I’d take the tricked-out mobile home, load up the family and dog, and go on a very long road trip.

  • 4 Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. () // Dec 5, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Dave, you’re absolutely right — it might be a tad, shall we say, environmentally irresponsible to get a huge mobile home like that.

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