Seattle’s mobile home parks are vanishing

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The very name of the Halcyon Mobile Home Park evokes happy tranquillity, and that’s what many residents were hoping it would be: an affordable place to enjoy their retirement in peace.

For a small fraction of what a standard house costs in the Pacific Northwest, a notoriously expensive corner of the country, they could own a cozy little home and lease the narrow sliver of ground beneath it for a few hundred dollars a month.

“All you had to worry about was paying your rent on time, and thinking about who you’d leave this shelter to after you were out of it,” said Eloise Micklesen, 74, a Halcyon resident. “But that changed last year, in July, when all of a sudden we were up for sale.”

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