Comparing Manufactured & Modular Homes in Central Florida—What’s the Difference?

Modular Homes Central FLModular homes and manufactured homes can be found in ever-increasing numbers across Central Florida. Though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they do, in fact, refer to two different types of housing. Both offer the comforts of a site-built home – sometimes even offering luxury features such as island kitchens and walk-in closets – but they typically cost less to build, and those savings are passed on to the home buyer. However, there are some differences between the two that are worth exploring.

Let’s start with modular homes. A modular home is one that is built inside a factory in block-like segments, or modules. These segments are shipped to an installation site and assembled with a crane. Modular homes sit on permanent foundations and look essentially the same as houses that are built on site. Even though modular homes must conform to local building codes, they take less time to construct than site-built houses and generally cost less per square foot.

How are manufactured homes different? The term “manufactured home” is used to describe what, years ago, before strict federal building requirements were imposed, used to be called a mobile home or trailer. They are factory-built—similar to modular homes—but do not sit on a permanent foundation. Also, instead of owning both the structure and the land, an owner of this type of house frequently leases the land underneath. The primary advantage of buying a manufactured home is having to devote less of your budget to housing. In Central Florida, manufactured homes are commonly located in manufactured home communities, many of which cater to older adults looking to downsize yet live in a fun, secure neighborhood.

Why Prefab Homes Are a Popular Choice for Retirees

Every retiree is unique, of course. However, many people who plan to relocate to Central Florida for their retirement share a number of characteristics, such as:

  • Aspiring to maintain an independent lifestyle in a home they own rather than in apartment-style accommodations
  • Preferring to live comfortably without requiring a lot of space for unneeded “stuff”
  • Prioritizing time spent on favorite recreational pursuits and socializing with friends over hours spent on home upkeep
  • Managing their budgets to make sure savings will last throughout their retirement years

Modern prefab homes meet these priorities well. They’re designed for single-family living without breaking the bank. In addition to open floorplans and other sought-after housing designs, many modular and manufactured homes come with energy-efficient appliances and low-maintenance features, such as vinyl exterior siding and easy-to-clean, stain-resistant flooring. These features can help reduce not only time spent on household chores but also money spent on utility bills and home upkeep.

Part of an Affordable Retirement Lifestyle

The growing number of manufactured and modular homes in Central Florida strongly suggests that people are simply demanding more value for their housing dollar. For example, at Blair Group, each of our five manufactured-home communities offers a full slate of amenities and activities to enrich the retirement lifestyle, all with affordability in mind. When you buy a manufactured home in one of our communities and pay a low monthly home site lease fee, you’ll enjoy an enviable lifestyle that’s designed to appeal to older adults on a retirement budget.

Although each of our communities has its own vibe, all of them have these characteristics in common:

An Ideal Central Florida Location

Do you want to be close to the world’s most famous theme parks, which is sure to make your home a popular vacation spot for your grandchildren and other relatives? Explore the possibility of relocating to Hyde Park, our manufactured-home community for those 55 and older that’s near Orlando. Has it been your lifelong dream to live in a golf course community? You’ll find your dream home at Cypress Lakes® in Lakeland. We also have active older adult communities near Daytona Beach, Tampa, and The Villages.

An Attractive, Professionally Managed Neighborhood Layout

No matter which of our communities you choose, you’ll find well-maintained manufactured homes arranged in a gated neighborhood setting that resembles a typical suburban community. You’ll also find a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities, medical facilities, and places of worship only a short drive away. Want to keep working part time or use your newfound free time to pursue volunteer opportunities? Our active lifestyle communities are situated near some of the top employment centers in the Sunshine State, and there are numerous schools and nonprofit organizations that welcome retirees as volunteers. There are also many educational institutions that offer learning opportunities geared toward older adults.

Plenty of Ways to Make Friends Fast

The manufactured homes for sale in our Central Florida retirement communities come with an active lifestyle practically built in. Our resort-style amenities, including clubhouses, swimming pools, game facilities, and get-together spaces, make sure that our residents never want for something to do, on their own or in the company of neighbors. There are also plenty of organized activities, which can help break the ice and allow you to feel right at home more quickly than you ever imagined.

This is no small perk, as many older adults who leave friends and family behind when relocating to Florida struggle to develop new meaningful relationships that can add so much to retirement living. The professionally managed clubhouses and other amenities at Blair Group communities provide convenient spaces for small and large get-togethers, club meetings, on-site fitness and art classes, sports tournaments, and many other opportunities for seniors to spend time with neighbors who quickly become friends. 

Would you like to learn more about what it’s like to live in a Blair Group community? Contact us today for more information. And, if you’re planning to visit Central Florida, we’ll be happy to set up tours of any of our communities that interest you when you’re in the area.