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A History of Mobile Homes in Palm Springs


History of Mobile Homes in Palm Springs

Paul Kaplan

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I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

Mar 14 6 minutes read

From Mid-Century Modern to Modern Living: A History of Mobile Homes in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, a desert oasis known for its mid-century modern architecture and vibrant Hollywood history, also boasts a unique connection to mobile home living.  This post explores the evolution of mobile homes in the Coachella Valley, from their humble beginnings to their modern-day resurgence.

A Mid-Century Boom:

Palm Springs' desert charm extends to its mobile home history!  Following WWII, a surge in tourism and population demanded affordable housing. Enter mobile homes: compact, stylish, and perfect for seasonal residents. The 1950s and 60s saw a surge in popularity for Palm Springs as a winter getaway for celebrities and retirees. The Coachella Valley bloomed with mobile home parks, estimates suggest around 32 in its heyday. These parks weren't just trailer lots –  many embraced the mid-century modern aesthetic, offering a resort vibe with pools and social events. While the landscape has evolved, mobile homes remain a relevant option, providing an affordable gateway to the desert lifestyle.


A Changing Landscape:

Over the years, the mobile home landscape in Palm Springs has evolved.  While some older parks remain, many have undergone renovations, offering upgraded amenities and a more resort-like atmosphere. Additionally, newer mobile home communities have been built, featuring modern manufactured homes with high-quality finishes and energy-efficient features.

Popular Mobile Home Parks in the Coachella Valley:

Here's a glimpse into some of the well-known mobile home communities in the Palm Springs area:

Palm Springs: 

  • Palm Canyon Mobile Club: Known for its recent renovations and focus on mid-century modern aesthetics.
  • Sahara Mobile Home Park: A well-established park offering a variety of lot sizes and amenities.
  • Safari Mobile Home Park: Another established park known for its affordability and community atmosphere.
  • Parkview Mobile Home Park: A centrally located park with convenient access to Palm Springs' attractions.
  • Horizon Mobile Village & RV Park: A charming park welcoming both mobile homes and RVs, with a focus on vintage charm.

Rancho Mirage: 

  • Rancho Mirage Mobile Home Community: Often referred to simply as "Rancho Mirage Mobile Homes," this well-established park offers a range of amenities and a convenient location close to shopping and dining.
  • Blue Skies Village: This park is known for its resort-like atmosphere, featuring a pool, spa, and fitness center.
  • The Colony at Rancho Mirage: This community offers a mix of vintage and some newer homes,  with a focus on affordability and a relaxed desert lifestyle. 

Cathedral City

  • Desert Sands Mobile Home Community: Known for its clubhouse, pool, spa, tennis courts, and fitness room, offering a resort-like atmosphere.
  • Cathedral Canyon Country Club (55+): This age-qualified community caters to active adults and features a pool, spa, , golf, and social events.
  • Whispering Palms: A well-maintained park offering a peaceful desert setting.
  • El Dorado Mobile Home Park: This established park provides a convenient location near shopping and dining options in Cathedral City.  This is a rare opportunity to own your own land where your house sitsPhoto by Nancy Baron, Beautiful Trailer Town                                     Photo by Nancy Baron, Beautiful Trailer Town

Palm Desert: 

  • Silver Spur Manufactured Housing Community and RV Resort: This community offers a resort-style atmosphere with a pool, spa, and fitness center, perfect for those seeking an active desert lifestyle.
  • Indian Springs Mobile Home Park (55+): This age-qualified community caters to active adults and provides a peaceful desert setting with a pool and social events.
  • Palm Desert Greens: Active 55+ community with golf course, pool, & low HOA fees. (You own the land)
  • Portola CC: Gated 55+ community in Palm Desert! Enjoy golf, pools, & social events. (You own the land)

While you won't own the land (except in rare cases), mobile and manufactured homes more accessible and affordable. But remember, there's a monthly space rent that goes towards park upkeep and amenities.  Prices vary by park, so factor that into your budget.

BONUS TIP:  What's the difference mobile home vs. manufactured home?   Mobile homes (pre-1976) were built primarily as recreational vehicles,  & may not meet modern codes. Manufactured homes (post-1976) are built to federal safety standards & offer a more permanent living solution. Homes built after 1976, tend to be easier to obtain financing. 

The Future of Mobile Homes in Palm Springs:

Today, mobile homes in Palm Springs offer an attractive option for those seeking an affordable and stylish desert lifestyle.  With rising housing costs and a growing interest in alternative living arrangements, mobile homes are likely to remain a significant part of the Coachella Valley's housing landscape.  One of the newest communities is the Paradise Tiny Home Community near Desert Hot Springs, which will feature a village of 90 tiny homes in a resort style community.

Beyond the Blog:

This blog post is just a starting point. If you're considering mobile home living in Palm Springs, it's important to research individual communities and their specific rules and regulations.  A qualified realtor at The Paul Kaplan Group,  can assist you in finding the perfect mobile home community that fits your needs and budget.

Embrace the desert spirit and explore the possibilities of mobile home living in Palm Springs!

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