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2017 Prefab/Modular Home Prices for 20 U.S. Companies

Updated on January 2, 2017
This single-level 3-4 bedroom, 3.5-4.5-bath prefab home, the Blu Breeze, starts at $1,300,000. Its base price, at about $365/sq.ft., places it a bit above the average of the range for contemporary prefab houses.
This single-level 3-4 bedroom, 3.5-4.5-bath prefab home, the Blu Breeze, starts at $1,300,000. Its base price, at about $365/sq.ft., places it a bit above the average of the range for contemporary prefab houses. | Source

Prefabricated (prefab or modular) homes used to be associated with ugly, cookie-cutter models that sacrificed style and individuality in favor of a McDonald's-like consistency. Times have changed. Nowadays, prefab homes have a stunning array of customization options, and are more likely to be associated with world-class contemporary design than big-box mediocrity.

But how much do prefab homes cost? As you might expect, prices vary depending on the type of design and range of installed features. A cutting-edge design is going to cost considerably more than designs without as much flourish, and high-end, professional grade appliances will be more expensive than standard ones. As you'll see in the chart and photos below, some prefab home manufacturers are clearly carving out the high-end niche for themselves, and might only be marginally less expensive than houses built directly on the home's foundation. Others seek to limit choices and design extravagances in favor of economy.

Average Price Range

I took a look at 20 companies that sell contemporary prefab homes, and the prices broke down depending on whether the company is involved in the fabrication phase only, or if it's also involved in the delivery and/or construction phase, as well.

  • Fabrication only: around $140-210 per square foot on average
  • Fabrication, Delivery, and Assembly: around $240-350 per square foot on average

A true apple-to-apple cost comparison is difficult, because there are numerous additional expenses, some of which are covered in some companies' estimates, and not in others'. These include design, engineering, architecture, and utility hookup costs. None of the companies cover the cost of permitting, inspections, or foundations (if needed).

A table of cost and lead time information is below. Beneath that, I've put pictures and costs of these vendors' designs, prices they're advertising as of 2017.

This 1,100 square foot B-House design by Anderson Anderson Architecture was constructed in Japan with a budget of $154,000. This works out to about $140/SF.
This 1,100 square foot B-House design by Anderson Anderson Architecture was constructed in Japan with a budget of $154,000. This works out to about $140/SF. | Source
Company
Approx. cost per sq. ft.
Design focus
Lead time
Alchemy Architects (weeHouses)
$120-277
Up to 4 "blocks" with 4 different orientations - numerous color/material/appliance options. Custom designs also available.
9 months for fabrication (standard); longer for custom
Anderson Anderson Architecture
$140+ plus installation
Sustainable, modular design (including the 1100-sqft, $150,000 B-House, and the two-story Menlo Park House)
5+ months
Asul
$99-200
Customized components around steel-frame Adaptable System core.
4-6 months for construction
Blu Homes
$365 (Breeze/Sidebreeze) to $590 (Origin), not incl req site work (depends on location)
Seven contemporary designs, from small, simple Origin ($591/sqft) to two-story family home Sidebreeze ($365/sqft)
24+ weeks after permitting
Davis Studio A+D (pieceHomes)
$140-160 (module costs), $240-260 (constructed cost)
Wide range of standard designs, including the 320-sqft "320" to the 4-bed, 3-bath "2250" and premium designs. Additional units like guest houses and extensions also available.
6-9 mo for engineering/permitting + 3-6 mo for construction
E-Space Systems
approx. $200
Three-size range, from 100-sqft Mini Ten Ten, to 400-sqft Mini Twenty Twenty
as little as 6 days for construction (MINI)
Garrison Architects
$200-250
Green, net-zero energy buildings (including the Red Hook Green, and 1500-sqft, $304,000 NZ99 [Net Zero for the 99%])
4-6 months to manufacture
Hive Modular
$140+ (base) + build costs
Three lines (B, C and X) based on general geometries (X are custom designs), countless configurations
approx 12 weeks
ideabox
$117 (c.3/1740 sqft) - $152 (c.1/918 sqft)
Four lines, including RV/park and ADU (accessory dwellings)
12 weeks for site work
Jenesys Buildings
$35 (Sierra) - $53 (E-Cube) (shell only) for homes; approx $160-220 completed
Four house styles, plus three laneway styles (Vancouver)
n/a
kitHAUS
$235-302
Five lines, from 117-sqft k3 to 300-sqft k6
6-8 weeks for manufacturing & delivery
LivingHomes
$139 (C6/CK) - $260 (RK) (Modules only); $214-385 (Complete)
Thirteen styles, configurable by buyer. Elaborate, contemporary designs by 2 architects. Most styles include decking.
46 weeks (standard) - 54 weeks (custom)
MA Modular
$150 base price
Nine standard, plus semi-custom and custom designs (1-3 bedroom). Touts relatively low price vs competition
180 days or less
Method Homes
$136-194 base + soft & site costs
Eight series, including the wood-heavy Cabin Series, to the triangle-based HOMB Series. Several architectural firms & styles.
typically 2-4 months after permits ready
Minarc (mnmMOD)
$218+ (not incl transportation)
Kit-based mixed-media units, incorporating recyclable materials; net-zero energy
4-6 months
Proto Homes
$210
Wide range of sizes (Tiny to X-Large); iPad integration for home control and monitoring; central "Core" construction
3-5 months (location dependent)
Rocio Romero (LV Series)
$120-195 (DIYers $87, high-end $250)
Seven modular kits with different dimensions and exterior treatments; contractor or DIY ready
avg 3-6 months for delivery & construction
Sander Architects
$225+
2000-sqft minimum, custom-designed homes using a steel backbone; ideal client has large space requirements and unique design vision
15+ months for design & construction
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
$283 (Roanoke) - $337 (Elm) (base price)
Four primary models, 187-269+ sqft, with many configuration options; plans, workshops & how-to DVDs available for DIYers
7-10 weeks from order to delivery (To-Go option)
Turkel Design (Lindal Cedar)
$60-120 (designs/plans/materials) x 3-4 (complete)
Nine designs, 1700-3000 sqft. Ecofriendly designs, including LEED certification, renewable energy features.
8 months manufacturing, delivery & assembly
This four-module Alchemy weeHouse has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,200 square feet. Its cost in 2007 was about $280,000, or about $127/SF. Source: weeHouse
This four-module Alchemy weeHouse has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,200 square feet. Its cost in 2007 was about $280,000, or about $127/SF. Source: weeHouse | Source
This B-Line Medium 001 by Hive Modular, installed in Minneapolis, is a 3-bed, 3-bath with 1,780 SF. Build costs are on the order of $185/SF, so this model would cost about $329,000 for the building and appliances.
This B-Line Medium 001 by Hive Modular, installed in Minneapolis, is a 3-bed, 3-bath with 1,780 SF. Build costs are on the order of $185/SF, so this model would cost about $329,000 for the building and appliances. | Source
This Blu Homes 2-bedroom, 1-bath design (Origin) has 1,944 square feet of living space, and starts at about $125,000 complete, or $95,000 for the shell alone.
This Blu Homes 2-bedroom, 1-bath design (Origin) has 1,944 square feet of living space, and starts at about $125,000 complete, or $95,000 for the shell alone. | Source
This 2,100-square foot "mv3" by pieceHomes can be outfitted with 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 or 3.5 baths. At an estimated $185/SF, the mv3 runs at about $388,500.
This 2,100-square foot "mv3" by pieceHomes can be outfitted with 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 or 3.5 baths. At an estimated $185/SF, the mv3 runs at about $388,500. | Source
Co-marketed with Ikea, ideabox's aktiv features a 745-sqft footprint and costs $86,500. Naturally outfitted with Ikea flooring, countertops, cabinets, bedroom and bath, and basic furnishings.
Co-marketed with Ikea, ideabox's aktiv features a 745-sqft footprint and costs $86,500. Naturally outfitted with Ikea flooring, countertops, cabinets, bedroom and bath, and basic furnishings. | Source
The E-Cube, one of four lines by Jenesys Buildings, comes in three different layouts. Shell packages range from $42-53/sqft plus tax.
The E-Cube, one of four lines by Jenesys Buildings, comes in three different layouts. Shell packages range from $42-53/sqft plus tax. | Source
This 4-bedroom, 3-bath modular home by LivingHomes has 2,480 SF. Similar homes from LivingHomes run $180-250/SF.
This 4-bedroom, 3-bath modular home by LivingHomes has 2,480 SF. Similar homes from LivingHomes run $180-250/SF. | Source
This 289 SF unit by kitHAUS is actually the largest that the company offers, the K1. This high-ceiling prefab unit starts at $75,000, or almost $260 SF.
This 289 SF unit by kitHAUS is actually the largest that the company offers, the K1. This high-ceiling prefab unit starts at $75,000, or almost $260 SF. | Source
This M2 by Method Homes has 1,240 SF of interior space, and 248 SF of deck space, and comprises 2 beds and 2 baths. Pricing starts at $230,000, or about $185/SF.
This M2 by Method Homes has 1,240 SF of interior space, and 248 SF of deck space, and comprises 2 beds and 2 baths. Pricing starts at $230,000, or about $185/SF. | Source
This Luna model, like other MA Modular prefab models, starts at $140/SF. The Luna is 3-bedroom, 2-bath, and 1,540 SF; price starts at $216,500.
This Luna model, like other MA Modular prefab models, starts at $140/SF. The Luna is 3-bedroom, 2-bath, and 1,540 SF; price starts at $216,500. | Source
This 99 sq ft quaint Gifford home by Tumbleweed has a porch and optional loft. Larger models can be outfitted with bathrooms and kitchenettes. The Gifford costs $12,000 for the base kit, $2,000 more assembled. or $69 for the plans only.
This 99 sq ft quaint Gifford home by Tumbleweed has a porch and optional loft. Larger models can be outfitted with bathrooms and kitchenettes. The Gifford costs $12,000 for the base kit, $2,000 more assembled. or $69 for the plans only. | Source
This "Sunlight Residence," by Proto Homes, built in Los Angeles, has 2,650 SF (incl. garage) of living space, 3 beds, and 2.5 baths. Based on its November 2011 sale, the home itself is valued at approx. $437,000.
This "Sunlight Residence," by Proto Homes, built in Los Angeles, has 2,650 SF (incl. garage) of living space, 3 beds, and 2.5 baths. Based on its November 2011 sale, the home itself is valued at approx. $437,000. | Source
This LVL home  by Rocio Romero was built in New York, with total costs at $363,000, including pre-construction work, the LVL Kit, and construction. With 1,453 SF, that works out to $242/SF all-included.
This LVL home by Rocio Romero was built in New York, with total costs at $363,000, including pre-construction work, the LVL Kit, and construction. With 1,453 SF, that works out to $242/SF all-included. | Source

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      Lee Davenport 11 days ago

      We just bought a lot and now I am so confused. We have found two builders who are quoting about $135.00 SF but I read several articles stating that a modular homes would save you 8% to 10% over stick-built but your chart seems to show that they are as expensive or more than a stick built. Am I missing something here?

      Any help you could give would be so appreciated. Thank you

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      Roger M 7 weeks ago

      Jason, can you advise modern, clean designed (read: modern but also cost conscious/affordable) prefab/modular providers in Texas or surrounding areas? We are starting to prepare for our retirement dwelling options and like the look of several of these options but either they don't ship to TX or shipping makes them cost ineffective.

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      christine 2 months ago

      this is a useful table of comparison stats. thank u 4 putting it together! i've been studying a lot of modular prefab companies online. at 1st i had ignored weehouse 4 not having a lot of options but i was totally wrong b/c i had missed the "download brochure" feature (which is easy 2 overlook on their dropdown menu). they have AWESOME options! weathering-steel exterior, black slate flooring, glass Dal-tile or cararra marble wall tile, black ebonized hardwood oak flooring, timber ceiling. their wood options include DARK colors (which i prefer over light woods, just my taste). of course those upgrades come with a price, but when it's time 2 pull the trigger i'm going 2 explore the weehouse further... thx again 4 taking the time 2 create your comparison analysis!

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      Weihan 2 months ago

      What is it with architects these days and the obsessive glass compulsion? No privacy! If I wanted to live in an aquarium I'd ask God to turn me into a goldfish.

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      Maryann Syrek 3 months ago

      My husband and I bought and built a Blu Home. We have a 1000 sq. ft Element, one of the original designs. I am an interior designer and worked well with their team to customize the space and maximize the open plan. Definitely a $600 per sq. ft. house. The smaller the more costly. BUT, we love it and it is fantastic design and quality. You get what you pay for...

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      FBigley 3 months ago

      These prices, at least for Method Homes, seem way under as does the pricing on their website. I just got an estimate for $490,000 to build a 1240 sf Method home. Thats about $400/sf, much more than stick-built. Very disappointing.

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      Hannah 5 months ago

      I visited Blu Homes in Vallejo, CA this weekend and the brochure shows that the Origin starts at $495,000, not "$125,000 complete or $95,000 for the shell." The list of companies is quite helpful, however the pricing is not.

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      jeanmarie_randall@msn.com 6 months ago

      Hi, I did not see any comparison of Lindal homes, can you give any info on them? I've always liked the design with beautiful windows! Thank you!

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      Lloyd 6 months ago

      Has anyone heard of factory expo center in topeka Indiana modular homes been seeing some bad reviews on them,or do you know of a reputable place for greenbay wi area

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      Cecile 7 months ago

      Hello-I would like to know if you have prefab-modular homes that you can recommend for SO. CA - Palmdale area. Buying a Brand new Modular to drop in a land to purchase. Thank you.

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      JB 7 months ago

      Ideabox seems to be easily the most reasonable. $193k for a 1650SF 3/2.

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      Mike 8 months ago

      I agree these prices are too high, I hope competition drives it down and it becomes affordable to go 'green'

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      Soh Mir 9 months ago

      Thank you very much for your exceptionally thorough and informative compilation of Pre-Fab Houses.

      Thank you

      Soh Mir

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      kat 15 months ago

      Info for Blu homes is WAY off. Those houses cost from half a million to overa million dollars.

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      Jill 15 months ago

      A few years ago, one comlany put out an infomercial casing their customizable homes. You could keep their design or make certain areas bigger or smaller, walls longer or shorter & it was done with basics on the inside.

      The price showed, if left as is, was based on the cheapest of their pre-selected windows, floor coverings in your colors, paint, counters, I mean move in ready homes.

      They were 1500SF & around $78500- plus land. Does anyone remember who I'm speaking of? Or know of a company like this? I can't afford over $150,000 for a move in ready home.

      Welcome any thoughts or help! In Central Illinois. Thanks ~

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      Felix 15 months ago

      Do we know if any of them use Bau Panels?

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      Ggg 16 months ago

      Are most of these finished with appliances decks fly screens etc.. Unless otherwise noted? Great post, thank you

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      Ricky 18 months ago

      They are out of mind these prices for pre fabricated house? this is still money to people.

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      Lori 18 months ago

      Love seeing all these options. We live just south of San Jose and want land for our horses. Plan to have a Blue home and then build an open barn, mainly to store hay and have some protection from weather. I had no idea there were so many options. Anyone of these stand out to you that compare to the Blu Homes for around 1600 sf? I love the new Breeze Air.

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      Jason Menayan 18 months ago from San Francisco

      ASUL's still around - please google them and you'll see their site is up.

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      Sienna Aspen 19 months ago

      Great chart. I am not able to fine any information on asul - do you have any more?

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      nasanine 19 months ago

      ASUL seems to have disappeared (website deactivated, phone not being answered). Anyone have a status?

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      MizBejabbers 21 months ago

      Looking at the pricing, most Southerners can't afford that. We can get a stick-built for less. Thanks for the information.

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      kimberlyfawn 21 months ago

      As an addendum, your Lindal Cedar Homes selection is their highest priced and their classic line comes in at half that.

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      re-investor 21 months ago

      I see no savings compared to conventional built homes. . Glad to see there might be some cheaper pricing elsewhere but then it costs more to ship across the country.

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      stephen 23 months ago

      How do you go about financing something like this. I Don't think this would work for a first time home buyer...

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      amishcabin 3 years ago

      Hi, Kentucky-based Amish Cabin Company's modular cabins go up to 1,120 sf on ground floor and up to another 600 sf in lofts. Not counting the loft space, fabricated price is about $75 per sf, plus delivery charge. Counting the loft space, fabricated price is about $55 per sf. www.amishcabincompany.com has info.

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      Jason Menayan 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Hi Woody - the information I provided was on a square-foot basis, and it runs the gamut depending on what features you choose.

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      Woody 3 years ago

      I just spoke to Blu Homes, they can't build a house for under $350,000 (two bedroom). The pricing information on this page for them is extremely inaccurate.

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      Greg 3 years ago

      Are you kidding me? These are not "affordable" homes.

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      Yuki 4 years ago

      Modular means that it can be put together qcikuly and customised depending upon whether different modules are designed for that. Some modular homes have the interior furnishings built in whilst others may be portable. Prefabricated homes can be put up qiuckly on site since all the work of contructing the frame is done in a workshop. Generally, prefab homes are cheaper than architect designed homes because they can make lots that are the same. The same for modular, alsthough some modular homes can be pricey if they get into the designer' area or if they are portable.Generally prefab homes aren't designed with the solar aspect of your land in mind so you need to pick the one which best suits. Pick one with lots of windows and living areas facing north (if you live in the Southern hemisphere and opposite if you live in the northen hemisphere) and good sized eaves, to make the most of natural passive solar heating and cooling. Pick a design that isn't suited to your block and you will pay more for your heating and energy bills. Pick a light roof colour for hot climates, for colder climates check to see if double glazed windows are included. Also make, sure insulation is put in the walls while the building is being built as it can't be put in later you can put insulation in the roof later but not in the walls. Try picking house with high thermal mass like brick as they tend to have more stable temperatures inside leading to less energy bills.Prices will be fixed if you get a fixed price contract. Difficult sites, removal of unknown rocks beneath the soil, can raise problems which increase the cost. Cost of building after the foundation is put on is relatively stable but things like the cost of labour and materials can go up unexpectedly sometimes.

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      Lena Welch 4 years ago from USA

      Too cool! I knew about Tumbleweed but not the others. So modern looking and not what I thought of when I hear pre fab!

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      Jade12 4 years ago

      Hello Pcunix,

      We are just getting started with pricing our pre-hab home. Was $285K out the door (not including land of course)?

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, rmcrayne and MarleneB! Good idea for an eventual update, RM. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent hub. I enjoyed the pictures. Lots of useful information, and the chart was extremely helpful, too.

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      rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Seems like several of these companies have smaller models that are really affordable, and could make great vacation homes.

      Loved looking at the pictures. Did you consider using separate photo capsules, then using thumbnail mode to show interiors?

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, alocsin! Yeah, you can't put links in those tables. However, in the caption below each photo, I have a link to the manufacturer's website. Please note that there were about 3 that I didn't include pictures of, because high-quality pictures were not available on the company's site.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for this comprehensive list. I've always wanted a prefab house -- now I know where to go to find a good comparison. It would've been nice, though, to put web links in the manufacturer's names in the table, unless tables don't allow them. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Steph: Thank you! I agree, prefab homes have really come a long way. Technology has made customization and modularization easy and affordable, and a lot of really talented, cutting-edge contemporary architects are getting into the game. Many of the models don't look prefabricated at all, and others do so in a charming way. I agree also that many of the designs do a spectacular job of making the most of limited space.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Super information on modular homes/pre-fabs. Affordable homes do not have to be ugly or boxy. Beyond the mere lower prices for these types of homes is the fact that they often save you a great deal of money on energy expenses. Tiny homes/small homes are a big movement these days as people seek to downsize in an effort to make more of less. Love the chart and all the photographs. Rated up!

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Pcunix: The frustrations of real estate!

      EA: No, we have a house right now, but looking at these designs, I would absolutely consider them! I didn't include pictures of the interiors, but most of them had interiors just as attractive as the exteriors.

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      GREAT Hub LiveLonger! "Living outside the box" by re-envisioning the "boxes we live in!" Thank you so much for putting this information together! Are you thinking of purchasing one?? Blessings, Earth Angel!

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      Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

      Didn't seem like a deal when we sold our much larger stick built home in a better town for only 40K more than what we paid for this :-)

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes, at $178/SF you got a deal!

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      Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

      We live in a 1600 sq ft modular home in an over 55 retirement community (MA). We paid $285,000 for it and an attached garage, which I thought was high, but I see it's in line with these and even on the low side.