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The last place to get a nice-sized home on a quiet, leafy street for less than $150,000 in the GTA—Twin Pines trailer park

Going Mobile

On a bright morning in August, Judi Lloyd drove through Twin Pines with the air of a visiting dignitary. The preternaturally cheerful 57-year-old real estate broker was on her way to list a home. The Mississauga trailer park is located just off Dundas, one of the city’s main arteries. Like all of Lloyd’s visits to the park, the trip quickly turned into a mixture of socializing and networking as she waved to and chatted with residents from the driver’s seat of her black Ford Escape. She gestured at the mobiles we passed, noting the histories and special features of each. “You wouldn’t even know that’s a trailer,” she said, pointing at a 48-by-24-foot mobile on a spacious, pie-shaped lot. “If someone dropped you in there and you didn’t see the outside, I swear you’d think it was a little bungalow.”

Bob Barclay and Ena Barclay, paid $8,000 for their mobile home 45 years ago

1| Bob and Ena Barclay, paid $8,000 for their mobile home 45 years ago

Stephen Plume, paid $125,900 for his mobile home in 2007

2| Stephen Plume, paid $125,900 for his mobile home in 2007

Debi Little, paid $105,000 for her mobile home in 2011

3| Debi Little, paid $105,000 for her mobile home in 2011

Patrick Rostant, paid $140,000 for his mobile home in 2009

4| Patrick Rostant, paid $140,000 for his mobile home in 2009

The home Lloyd was putting on the market that day was a beige “double-wide,” mobile-home lingo for a model that’s the size of two typical trailers. Inside, Stephen Plume—a transport truck driver in a black baseball cap with a “Got beer?” slogan—good-naturedly signed and initialled a stack of papers while Lloyd kept up a steady patter. “This is one of the widest master bedrooms in all of Twin Pines,” she said authoritatively. She was going to list the home for $139,900. When the papers had been completed to her satisfaction, Lloyd went out to the front lawn and drove a “For Sale” sign into the ground with a few quick jabs of her pink-toenail-polished foot. “See you on Facebook!” she yelled as she rolled down the leafy street.

Lloyd didn’t set out to become the “Trailer Park Queen,” as her colleagues call her. A decade ago, when she was still relatively new to the business, she sold her first mobile home in Twin Pines. Then she sold another. Then, somehow, she sold 83 more. Now she’s the community’s patron broker, the agent responsible for the majority of the transactions in Twin Pines, and the woman you need to speak to if you want to live in the GTA’s last big mobile community.

  • PiccadillyLineToCockfosters

    Great photos in this piece.

  • Dave

    The city of Mississauga should demolish this mobile park (street). PS: Who wants to live under a bunch of powerlines no matter what the cost. Also I heard that trailer parks attract tornadoes and drugs.

  • Mike

    This is proof-positive that higher densities work. Living closer together (even in glorified tomato cans) has the unique ability to foster a more thoughtful and caring community environment. Developers of conventional suburbs should recognize this and build for the greater good–not only of community but for sustainability.

  • Zing

    Neither one of the above know what they are talking about.
    Look at the pictures above, need I say more.

  • Zing

    Unfortunately, the photographer made the hydro wires appear to be above the MOBILE homes, The wires are actually in a field about 2 -300 feet at the back of these homes. There is no noise from these wires.
    A great place to live. Still affordable. Better than paying
    quarter to half million dollars for a DETACHED home.

  • cookiegirl

    At least I will have money in my pocket upon selling, not like renters who have nothing when they move!! The greatest affordable place to live & proud of our little community. How many of your apartment or condo neighbours do you know???

  • intrigued

    i think it looks like a nice neighborhood, affordable homes, nice people. Nothing wrong here except that there aren’t more neighborhoods like this. I would be in there in a heart beat if I could. Hmmm an apartment with a tiny balcony for 500,000 or a mobile home with yard space, fresh air and friendly neighbors for 150,000. Seems like an obvious choice to me.

  • Adam

    Love this place! best thing I have done! I am 29 years old have purchased a almost 1000sq/ft home with nice sized lot, great neighbours quite community great place to live. recently moved from caledon and don’t care what people have to say about the whole idea about a trailer park come look and see for yourself before you speak.

  • Tim

    it looks great, just wondering if there is anyone who lives there that I can ask some questions to?

  • Liese Rose-Goyer

    I was born and raised in this park til I was about 10. I’m almost 30 now. This place was amazing to grow up in. It was safe so we were allowed to stay out late. Most of my friends lived in there too. We had our own candy store right next door so who could complain. Every Christmas time, they’d have hayrides with music..going up and down all the streets singing and looking at the lights. Than back to the little community centre where we’d have timbits and hot chocolate.
    Of course it’s not as it use to be.. but still a lot of great memories.