I had no idea that single wides in Canada could be 20′ wide. I also had no idea that Canadian mobile homes had some really awesome layouts and features you don’t see much in the US manufactured home market.
These two single wides are prime examples of average Canadian mobile homes. Oh, and they are beautifully decorated, too.
Wait, Did I Just Say Canadian Mobile Homes?
Notice how I’m calling this a ‘mobile home’ and not a ‘manufactured home?’ While many Canadian and US home builders are owned by the same parent company, and our friendly neighbors to the North updated their factory-built housing codes right along with us, Canadian companies didn’t create some silly campaign trying to stop a common word from being used.
Oh, Canada didn’t have builders paying off, I mean hiring, US Congressmen in the late 1970s to sponsor federal bills requiring all government funded literature and speeches to only use the term ‘manufactured home.’ The term ‘mobile home’ was prohibited. Canadian builders focused on building better homes and giving home buyers betters customer service and longer warranties instead of worrying about words.
No, I Will Not Stop Using the Term ‘Mobile Home’ – Get Over It
Canadian Mobile Homes Have Great Layouts
This 2007 single wide home has 1,518 square foot of living space and features vaulted ceilings, a steep pitched roof, and 2×6′ exterior walls. And because the mobile home is 20 feet wide there are a few more layout possibilities available.
The entryway, shown above, separates the smaller bedrooms from the main living space:
A beautiful cozy and warm open floor plan.It also includes laminate flooring and non-ceramic tile. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. At $157,900 you could be living in absolute style. You can check out the entire listing here,
The kitchen area is something out of a magazine. With the dark cabinets and gorgeous backsplash who wouldn’t want to enjoy an evening meal there?
Read our favorite Awesome, But Affordable, Mobile Home Kitchen Remodeling Ideas article here.
The kitchen includes a built-in dishwasher, microwave as well as the refrigerator and stove.
Don’t you just love the colors?
Living In Style
The rest of the home is just a spectacular! The living room features the same dark color scheme as the kitchen area.
Warm and cozy is definitely the theme of this Canadian mobile home.
We love the rustic look of the entrance way as well. The colors match the rest of the home perfectly. The coat rack and shoe bench are the perfect addition to the entrance.
The master bedroom and bath compliment each other perfectly. The soft colors on the walls and the backsplash in the bathroom are a perfect match. We could definitely make ourselves at home there!
Read our Mobile Home Bathroom Guide here.
Canadian Mobile Home Sweet Home #2
I found so many gorgeous Canadian mobile homes on a couple of real estate sales sites that I think I can make a monthly Canadian Mobile Home feature. Our friendly neighbors to the north may be able to teach us a thing or two about awesome mobile home decor and design!
This 2014 single wide has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a total of 1,520 square feet of living space. The asking price is $175,000. You can see more here.
This second home also has a modern decor. The entryway is especially cool, too:
If you take a right from the front door you come upon a hallway that includes the doorway to the smaller second bedroom and bathroom:
A smaller second bedroom and bathroom sits on the end of the home and to the right of the front entryway.If you take a left from the front door you go into the living room, dining room, and kitchen:
Keep walking and around the corner, you stumble upon this:
This is open floor plan design at its best. There are two main features in this space: the awesome fireplace and the amazing kitchen. I’d be happy with just one of those!
Huge kitchen island with gorgeous countertops and cabinetry? Yes, please!
The master bedroom and bathroom are equally impressive:
The exterior of this Canadian mobile home:
We Would Love to Hear from Canadian Mobile Homeowners!
I would love for our Canadian readers (I know you are out there) to give us even more details about their factory-built homes. A few questions I have:
- Do you have a hard time finding financing and insurance, too?
- Do you have to deal with the stereotype?
- Anything we should know about Canadian mobile homes but we just don’t know to ask?
Related: Great Canadian Single Wide Mobile Home Interior.
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19 thoughts on “Two Gorgeous Canadian Mobile Homes”
Great post! Thanks for sharing!
Financing: this was a bear for us. We bought a 1974 Olympic Single Wide (14 feet x 68 feet plus an addition). It was complicated by the fact that it wasn’t on a lot we rented from a trailer park: it was on its own city lot. You can get a chattel mortgage on mobile homes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada if they are less than ten years old (and presumably on a rented lot). But this was 40 years old, on its own dirt. Servus Credit Union is apparentn. ly the only outfit that handles this sort of thing, so they gave us a “raw land loan”: basically, trailer is worth zilch, and we are just buying the city lot. Unfortunately this meant we had to cough up 25% of the purchase price up front. Yikes. Thank you, bank of Mom…
Insurance was a bastard, too. We only found one outfit that covers trailers. Insurance is about 660 bucks a year, and they required photos of the roof before they would insure us.
Oh, well. I’m glad we own the lot (this is a very rare thing, to have a trailer on a city lot.) It means when the expensive houses get built around the trailer park and the trailer park owners start getting itchy fingers to maximize their investment by selling out to the developers, we don’t get that bad news announcement: ” you have 3 months notice to move your mobile home to another trailer park”. That happened to a friend of mine. The further away I am from a trailer park, the happier I am.
And yeah, there’s doubtless a stigma to being a trailer-liver. I’m sure it would really, really hurt if I didn’t regularly remember the mortgage/city taxes difference once a month when I do my bills. My taxes are a FRACTION of yours, stick-built owner. And you don’t even want to compare my monthly loan payment. It’s less than apartment rent. If I wasn’t paying taxes and all the bills, I’d actually be saving money on the single bedroom apartment we lived in for years!
Thanks for the information, Laurel! I love your attitude! Being a ‘trailer-liver’ absolutely changed my life because we were able to catch up for a minute.
Their beautiful homes. The one I’m buying is a single wide and it needs repairs. I am purchasing it for only $1000 dollars , it was built in the 1950’s. I just found out the landlord is waiting for me to pay it off so he doesn’t have to finish fixing the repairs. I liked living in this trailer park, but it’s gone down hill since we got new owners. I want to move just not sure what into now. Or what to do about this trailer mess. I’m going to be stuck with alot of repairs that are expensive and I don’t have those kind of funds being on Disability.
I know I’ve answered this comment before but my commenting system in on the fritz so I’m answering it again, sorry. You should have received an email with my first answer. I would be wary of this situation because you probably won’t be able to move the home at all because of its age and condition. You have no way out if you can’t move the home.
Best of luck!
You’ve got us rethinking what a mobile home is capable of. Nice post!
My husband and I I live part time in a Park Model mobile home.We purchased it from a Canadian dealer in British Columbia.
We were looking for a stick built home on our favourite lake but the affordability was way above our budget. This gave us the option to have a home built to stand up to our BC mountain weather and still looked great.We chose to purchase our home with few options to keep the cost down and do upgrades ourselves.
Some of the upgrades have included a pine feature wall in the living area and painted feature walls in the two bedrooms.We installed our own dishwasher ,ceiling fans and upgraded lights and cabinet handles.
We have built a really nice deck to give us more living space with beautiful water view!
I am no stranger to mobile home living as I owned and lived in two in the early eighties when interest rates were so high buying a stick built home was out of reach.
Financing can be done through anyone of the big Canadian banks or some Credit Unions as a loan.
Home insurance is not an issue.
Thank you so much for the information, Brenda! I am seriously obsessed with Canadian mobile homes, they are so different from ours. I’d love to see your home – I bet it is gorgeous, especially being on a lake. (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
Canadian mobile homes are very nice and they have a pretty high build quality. They’re also more expensive. Normally the further north it’s built, the better it is (cheap trailers won’t endure bad weather), except the ones built for the super expensive part of California, they’re amazing and worth checking out.
Canadian girl here 🙂
With an average “traditional home” averaging $400,000 in the city I live in (and I am not in the most expensive city in the country) mobile home living is, by far, a much more affordable option. I moved into one in 2014. I paid $102,00. The layout is much like the single wide shown above. (very open concept with bedrooms on either end) It needed some work. (It had good bones and was structurally sound, it just needed some life put back into it.) I , by myself, have spent the last two years tearing it apart room by room, right down to the studs and rebuilding it. I have replaced my exterior doors, moved walls, replaced walls, dry-walled, taped, mudded, replaced all of the interior doors and closet doors, scraped off all of the popcorn ceiling, painted, have replaced two bathrooms from the ground up (tub, vanity, sinks, lights, tile, toilets…you name it and may I add, all from Lowes and/or Home Depot…no specialty stores needed.), replaced windows, replaced my kitchen (IKEA cupboards, island, sink, quartz counter-tops…coming in a couple of weeks). I am in the process of just finishing up plywood plank flooring throughout before finishing it all off with new baseboards and casing. It has been a labor of love, sweat and tears. I am a single female with no budget to have a contractor come in and do the work. My bathroom alone would have been in the neighborhood of 12K-15K had I gone that route. In doing the work myself and shopping smart I came in between $1800-$2000 for each. Do people think I’m crazy?? I think after the shock wears off when I tell them I do ALL of the work myself, they do think I have a screw loose. Lol.
I got lucky in that I owned a traditional home prior and when I sold, had enough equity that I did not require a mortgage/loan. I do know that we have a couple of big banks that do finance and I know that most of the people in my community are financed. Insurance is not an issue. My home was manufactured in 1989, and has 2×6 walls. It sits on piles (no permanent foundation). Yes, I’ve researched and I’ve read all about the risks regarding drywall. It was a risk I was willing to take. Most of the drywall has been up for 2 years and I have yet to have a single moment of regret in making my home exactly what I envisioned it to be.
I think that there will always be a stigma attached to mobile homes but here, I think it has more to do with the park community that you live in verses the fact that it’s a mobile home. I believe we have 6 or 7 Park communities in my city and out of those I would only consider living in 2 of them. Out of the remaining, 2 are pretty old parks with much older mobile homes on them (1960’s & 1970’s), one was on city property and is being shut down due to poor infrastructure and the other 2, I would rather live in a box under a bridge before living in them. They represent every stereotypical remark ever associated with mobile homes. I chose the one I chose based on the distance I was to work and that the majority of homes were manufactured in the mid 80’s through to 2012’s . It’s well maintained, quiet, clean and most of the people put a lot of “pride in ownership” into their places. For those who do look down their noses at me…have at it. My place is beautiful, uniquely me and I never get tired of them dropping their jaws when they see what “I” have done.
PS…The only housing shortage we have here is affordable housing.
It sounds like I need to be featuring your home next! I’ve read about the housing issue in Canada and that’s about to get worse here if they don’t start creating more affordable housing options (and then of course the bubble will bust again and the cycle will happen all over again is a few years…lol).
I’m not aware of drywall risks other than some cracking and that is easily repaired. If you are not going to move the home again I think you should install all the drywall you want!
Seriously, I would love to feature your home!
Thank you Crystal. I am flattered. I will touch base with you in the next month or so…I just have a few details to finish up. 🙂
Somehow, despite the fancy furnishings, this home looks more plastic to me, and, emphatically, not a “traditional” home. Also for that expense, why wouldn’t one purchase a traditional home.
Prices for traditional homes in the area where that one for sale is located ( I live near to there) start for at least double that cost. For that price, you could buy a small, one bedroom apartment but definitely not a traditional house.
I live in a mobile home in Canada 🙂
We found a great deal on a 2011 16×76 SRI through our local classifieds. I can’t comment on ease of financing because we paid with cash from the sale of our stick built home (mortgage free!!). Insurance was super easy to get, just one stipulation was to have tie downs underneath the home.
You would think that because we get such cold winters here it would feel cold inside but it’s well insulated and our heating bills last winter were compatible to our previous house (taking square footage into account). We did spray in insulating on our skirting so the floor stayed warm as well.
Because we moved it onto a farm we don’t have to deal with the stereotype that those who live in mobile home communities may be faced with. There’s lots of farms in our province that have mobile homes on them as secondary dwellings (like our farm). Living in a mobile home was something that I had to get over though since having our super cute house in town. I used to be nervous having someone over for the first time but I think how we have it decorated makes it not feel like a mobile home inside. It’s nice to get comments on how much people like it. After living in it for a year now though I am happy we sold our house in town and bought the mobile home. Although we’re still trying to purge our stuff that we don’t have room for (and probably don’t need anyways) It’s cozy and it’s home.
I am almost becoming obsessed with Canadian mobile homes! The floor plan is just so different from what is offered here. I understand that your framing and roof pitches are always top notch (even the cheaper models have good bones and structure).
I would love to start featuring more mobile homes from Canada (hint, hint)..
Can you purchase a Canadian Mobile Home in the USA?
With Canada’s housing shortage, I’m not sure it would be a good idea (unless you could work the price down since you are in the US). I just did a Google search and came up empty handed. I’ll try to email one of the dealers and see.
They are lovely.
However, the position of the faucet on that soaking tub? Weird, and in the way.
Definitely a danger to getting in and out.
Also, in the first home, that little island looks really close to the stove, with just
enough room to open the oven door while standing to the side. Not a great idea,
IMO. But again, they are very nice.