The single-wide has been unfairly stigmatized as cheaply made, low quality and energy inefficient. Nearly all of them were 20 years ago, but if you know what to look for, today you can find a model built better than many stick-built homes.
Karsten and a few other manufacturers build reasonably priced single wide homes which are energy efficient (R50 in the ceiling, R19 in walls), well-built (2 x 6" wall construction), a home that would be a pleasure to own.
The Karsten SF-50 is an 1185 sq. ft., 3 bedroom and 2 bath home that has everything, except an impressive or beautiful exterior appearance. But inside, it is a real surprise, with drywall and 9' ceilings. The kitchen is simple and basic but nothing in this home will look stupid in 20 years.
It also comes with a more house-like facade, with two gables, but at considerable added cost.
It sells for around for around $53,000 and this model is at the Karsten factory show lot in Albuquerque.
Read my complete review of this home and find my link to high resolution photos on my blog here: