New York City Apartments vs. Midwest Mobile Homes

January 31, 2019

While most folks in their lifetimes won’t need to choose geographically between a New York apartment and a manufactured home in Cedar Rapids, we thought it would be fun to run the comparisons:


Hames mobile homes for sale in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Apartment in New York City


Commonly, 1216 square feet for single-section

866 square feet[i]


3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Average Cost

Used mobile home: $29,600[ii]

New mobile home: $54,900[iii]

$2,700 per month.[iv]

($32,400 per year)

Additional Storage Space


Optional garage

RV Storage

Very limited.


Off street parking for 2 vehicles at no charge.

Average cost per month around $430[v] per vehicle in addition to rent.

Green Space

Your own lawn and yard. Parks and playgrounds in every community.

Hopefully, you’re near Central Park. Otherwise, you might get a house plant.


Friendly, quiet neighborhoods. Community events.

You’re stacked on top of and below your neighbor.

Nearby Amenities

Big 10 sports plus culture, arts, theater, and hospitals at the University of Iowa; Paramount Theatre/ Orchestra Iowa; Theatre Cedar Rapids; US Cellular Arena with well-known musicians and local sports teams; Amana Colonies Historical Landmark; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art; Cedar Rapids Ice Arena; and more!

All the sports, art and culture that a big city has to offer (if you can afford it).

Cost of Living[vi]

Meal for 2 at Mid-range Restaurant

Gallon of Milk

Dozen Eggs

One Hour of Parking

Beer – 1 pint draught













Up to $7.50



Get Out of Town

15 minutes to the Eastern Iowa Airport with 20 non-stop destinations.

45 minutes to JFK Airport.


Have we convinced you that a mobile home for sale in Iowa is a far better value, and way of life, than a tiny New York broom-closet apartment? 

View our inventory of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom manufactured homes with all the extras you’ve ever wanted, at a price you can afford, in a superior neighborhood at  Call us at 319-377-4863 or contact us today!



[ii] Actual mobile home sales numbers for Hames Homes in 2018.

[iii] Actual mobile home sales numbers for Hames Homes in 2018.





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