Parkview Mobile Estates in Palm Springs, California, is a unique Mobile Home Park. I have been there to look at it at least three times. The view of the mountain is incredible, and each house looks different. I think the floor plans are all difference. I tried to reach out to a real estate agent who claimed he was selling the houses, but he refused to let me tour one. So, I have never been inside one of the houses. There are not trailers or boxy looking homes. They look like small houses. Parkview Mobile Estates has a clubhouse and a pool. The property is build on a slope with the higher part closer to the mountain. This could be an issue for people with limited mobility, who want to live at Park View Mobile Estates. I also read online that the lease is up in 2027. Will be park be removed to make way for something else like condos or another Indian Casino? Still, this is the prettiest of all the Palm Spring Parks, and it may be worth the risk. There is a space rent, charged monthly even if you buy the house, and I believe it varies based on the individual house one buys in the park. The house I was interested seemed to have a space rate of $1,200 dollars, and I was like no way. The only way to live at Park View Mobile Estates is to buy a house there. However, the prices are lower, then for an actually house, but higher then for an average trailer. Most of these older mobile homes may not be able to get home owners insurance. They are not really mobile either. I can’t see anyone being able to remove them from the lot and drive them to a new location. They occupy a twilight world, not a mobile trailer or RV, but not really a stationary house.
(updated in 2019: It seems they may have lowered the space rent to make the homes more attractive to a reason rate of around $600 dollars a month )
The park management has to approve of all buyers. Owners can not rent out their homes on air b and b. The owner has to pay for the monthly space rent even if they only want to use the house in the winter time and travel elsewhere in the summer. It is also important to leave the air conditioner running even if the house is not occupied in the summer. The desert heat can damage the home and its contents. Electrics will fail, plastic will soften and melt, wood will wrap. But, if you are committed to living there full time, its a very nice place.
There is hiking nearby, but it is very vertical hiking. If one has arthritis, it seems unlikely hiking would be possible. Still the views are nice, even if one can’t hike. One will need a car to drive to Downtown Palm Springs for shopping. There is parking and garages at each of the homes, plus a visitor parking lot.
Updated: Now one can easily take an Uber to shopping, so a car is not needed. Palm Springs is not a big town, and its easy to get from place to place. The streets are marked in logical grid. I did not lost at all until I decided to visit Cathedral City to see the Christmas Lights in 2011. I had google maps, but my phone single was too weak and I got lost. One driver behind me very rude as he honked his horn, then passed me and then slammed on his brakes in front of me almost causing an accident in his road rage. I was not paying any attention to him at all. I acted like I did not see him, and then turned away and pulled over to try and re plot a new course back to my hotel. Things like this road rage make the Palm Springs area not such a peaceful place to live in. Next time I would take an Uber. I have even driven for Uber and its kind of fun, but I don’t really need the money.
There are movie star houses in the neighborhood with is called Tahquitz Canyon or the Racquet Club Area. If you wish, google search and find the names of the Star Homes and their addresses. Most of the Stars don’t live in Palm Springs anymore. Most of these famous Palm Springs inhabitants, such as Marilyn Monroe and Debbie Reynolds, are no longer with us. When you look at these houses you can see why. Although these are small houses compared to other Homes Of The Stars. The view of the Mountain is the main selling point. The drawback is that the sun goes down very quickly in the evening and is hidden behind the mountain. This made it very difficult to get good photos of Palm Springs. The first time I went I took a lot of photos and almost none of them came out the way I wanted them.
As one Yelp Reviewer pointed out there are many vacant lots or land areas near Park View Mobile Estates, but it would not so picture perfect if all of these lots had homes or stores on them. The area would look overly built like Lake of the Pines in Auburn has become.
This my favorite area of Palm Springs and I always pick a hotel close by to stay. The downtown area is no longer cute, as many large hotels and Casinos have been build which ruined the rustic character. I would not suggesting staying anywhere near downtown unless you want very noisy all night parties on loud speakers. There are many choices of hotels and air b and airs and small resorts. I would suggest staying if not at the Ace Hotel, very near the Ace Hotel which will situate you near all the best things Palm Springs has to offer.