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I’m guessing the water and wastewater situation is less complicated for an rv park vs a “trailer” park.
The Escapees co-op park in Pahrump was initially approved with the well and septic system designed for a mobile home park, then they revised the plans and got permission to make into an RV park with twice as many spaces by dividing each mobile home space in half. In 30 years we've had zero problems with the septic system.
 

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Close to SF? I can remember when there was an RV Park right in SF, but that was many years ago. Early 1980's maybe when it closed down?

I was lucky, I bought a house in 1977 for $34,500. Nothing down, GI loan. Now it's worth a bit more than a million bucks. IOW, a real dump in a dumpy area. A million bucks is dirt cheap for any dump near SF these days. Well below the average house price there.

People were telling me how much I got ripped off buying that dumpy house at $34,500.

It doubled in value in around 8 months. Property tax doubled with the property values.

That was about when Jarvis-Gann did their prop-13 thing. That helped me too.

-Don- Reno, NV
Aye Don, house prices in the Bay Area are, or were, crazy. Our small (1600 SF) first CA house in San Jose (West Valley) - small house, is up for $2.5M. With all the recent hi tech layoffs it seems house prices may be on the way down.

It's all relative ...

One day I brought a work visitor (from Dayton, OH) home for dinner. As we pulled into the driveway he asked me what I paid for it (1980); When I said $131,500 he didn't speak, and I asked what was wrong. His reply "this would cost $22,000 in Dayton".
 

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As the saying goes, the three main things that determine the value of a house are:

1. Location
2. Location
3. Location

Average home price in West Valley is $1,900,000.00 (1.9 mill) today.

-Don- Reno, NV
 
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As the saying goes, the three main things that determine the value of a house are:

1. Location
2. Location
3. Location

Average home price in West Valley is $1,900,000.00 (1.9 mill) today.

-Don- Reno, NV
Our small townhome in a suburb of Columbus, OH has more than doubled in 8 years.
 

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Our small townhome in a suburb of Columbus, OH has more than doubled in 8 years.
That's a nice increase even after we subtract the 16.32% for inflation since 2014. Is the population increasing there? Perhaps a lot of people from CA moving to Ohio?

-Don- Reno, NV
 

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That's a nice increase even after we subtract the 16.32% for inflation since 2014. Is the population increasing there? Perhaps a lot of people from CA moving to Ohio?

-Don- Reno, NV
I have no idea. We visit our townhome a couple of times a year so we can visit two families of kids and grandkids.

Initially, Chris visited some apartments (so we could check them out) and, when they wouldn't give a discount for 12 months rent in advance and wanted all kinds of personal financial info, I told Chris to buy a place. She found a great townhome in a great location. She did.
 

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I have no idea. We visit our townhome a couple of times a year so we can visit two families of kids and grandkids.

Initially, Chris visited some apartments (so we could check them out) and, when they wouldn't give a discount for 12 months rent in advance and wanted all kinds of personal financial info, I told Chris to buy a place. She found a great townhome in a great location. She did.
Had I been in the MidWest at the time, I would have visited a bank with a suitcase and asked for $12,000 in one dollar bills. Then I would have visited the apartment leasing office, opened the suitcase, on the desk, and asked "does this qualify?".
 

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But you do now.

"Ohio is largely losing population and growing older except in the greater Columbus area"

-Don- Reno, NV
I have no idea, but our townhome community has largely retirees. What does human age have to do with house prices?
 

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Our small townhome in a suburb of Columbus, OH
Which suburb, Tom- I used to live in Pickerington (far east, just S. of I-70). I have often thought that Columbus, if it were in a climate more like that in Denver, and had the mountains, would be a much better place to live than in the Denver Metro.
 

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The Escapees co-op park in Pahrump was initially approved with the well and septic system designed for a mobile home park, then they revised the plans and got permission to make into an RV park with twice as many spaces by dividing each mobile home space in half. In 30 years we've had zero problems with the septic system.
But isn’t this the park that doesn’t let you have your own washer in your rig? It may not be a problem with the septic, but that may be because they don’t let you use it as most people would.
 

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As the saying goes, the three main things that determine the value of a house are:

1. Location
2. Location
3. Location

Average home price in West Valley is $1,900,000.00 (1.9 mill) today.

-Don- Reno, NV
No kidding. When I went to high school, we lived in Los Gatos. Nowadays I can't even afford to drive through there. In fact, the house my stepmother bought for under $20k in like '61 is now going for
$2,666,280 on Zillow.
 
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No kidding. When I went to high school, we lived in Los Gatos. Nowadays I can't even afford to drive through there. In fact, the house my stepmother bought for under $20k in like '61 is now going for
$2,666,280 on Zillow.
With normal inflation, the 20K$ then in 1961 will be $183,534.20 in 2022. Houses in CA did better than the inflation rate, as usual. One of the better investments.

Profit in today's money would be $2,482.745.80 in those 61 years. Or gain of $40,700.00 per year average.


See here.

-Don- Reno, NV
 

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Which suburb, Tom- I used to live in Pickerington (far east, just S. of I-70). I have often thought that Columbus, if it were in a climate more like that in Denver, and had the mountains, would be a much better place to live than in the Denver Metro.
Groveport, near 33, north of Canal Winchester, not far from Pickerington.
 
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But isn’t this the park that doesn’t let you have your own washer in your rig? It may not be a problem with the septic, but that may be because they don’t let you use it as most people would.
No, that's Park Sierra near Yosemite and it's one of the reasons I haven't bought into that park even though it's only 20 minutes from my sister and her family. Because of the terrain in the park (there's something like a 400 ft elevation change from one end to the other) they built it with numerous small septics and leach fields instead of having to use lift pumps to get to a central septic system and the small systems can't handle the flow from in rig washers. Their clubhouse and laundry room are on their own system. We have one large septic system so it doesn't matter if the wash water comes from the laundry room or a washer in the rig.
 

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With normal inflation, the 20K$ then in 1961 will be $183,534.20 in 2022. Houses in CA did better than the inflation rate, as usual. One of the better investments.

Profit in today's money would be $2,482.745.80 in those 61 years. Or gain of $40,700.00 per year average.


See here.

-Don- Reno, NV
And this, in a nutshell, is why we need affordable housing.
 
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