Cotton Lane

Cotton Lane resident Sherry Fitzgerald, who also works for the 55-and-older manufactured home and RV community, shows off a model home. (West Valley View photo by Pablo Robles)

Cotton Lane Resort resident Sherry Fitzgerald calls her community exactly that – a community.

“Everyone takes care of everyone, looks out for everyone. They’re very friendly. We have a lot of Midwest people. We have of people from Washington. We have a few Canadians,” said Fitzgerald, who also works for the dealer and owners. “It’s a very caring community.”

The Goodyear community – located at 17506 W. Van Buren Street, near the Loop 303 and I-10, west of Cotton Lane – is a resort-like community featuring manufactured homes and RVs for adults ages 55 and older.

Developed by repeat Manufactured Housing Institute Manufacturer of the Year Cavco Industries, with Westgate Homes serving as the dealer, Cotton Lane Resort has more than 436 lots, though Fitzgerald said more are in the works. She estimated around 70 full-time residents live in Cotton Lane.

Aside from plans to increase the lot count in the coming year or two, other revamps since ownership changed nearly two years ago are street paving, a wall around the property and a refreshed golf course, the latter of which Fitzgerald called “gorgeous.”

“It’s a very clean resort. It’s been completely revamped in the last year and a half,” she said after explaining that she and other residents are attracted to the community because of its location and safety. It’s also affordable, she said.

“Now we’re adding 3,200 square feet to the clubhouse, making more room because we’re bringing in manufactured homes faster than the blink of the eye.”

With a volunteer group leading the way, events are aplenty, she said. They include water aerobics to card games, bocce ball, pickleball, shuffleboard and sewing/knitting.

The community has an activity hall and library as well as games like darts and billiards and pet-friendly areas, according to the community’s website. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, a hot tub, barbecue area, exercise and laundry rooms and a par-3 golf course, Fitzgerald said.

The community is located in a bustling part of Goodyear. Nearby, residents will find everything from retail stores to restaurants, auto stores, a gym, grocery stores and much more. Heading north, residents have quick access to the Loop 303 and I-10. A little farther southeast is Goodyear Ballpark and Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

A point of contention, though, according to Fitzgerald, is the perception of manufactured homes. She feels many people are skeptical and don’t know the truth about them or how they’re built.

Fitzgerald said manufactured homes are built like a custom house but in a controlled environment, with cookie cutter-like precision. Materials have improved and they are more fire retardant.

Cotton Lane has many floor plans, and walls, and layouts can be customized to improve homebuyer satisfaction.

Fitzgerald said age and wear on Cotton Lane’s older homes aren’t showing.

“They’re all HUD approved,” she added. HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“HUD is very, very rigid in their specifications and we have to adhere to that, to the letter, and it didn’t used to be that way.”

Rates are available for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly payments, according to the resort’s website, cottonlanervresort.com.

Westgate Homes is offering free rent for a year to those who buy a new manufactured home, Fitzgerald said. For more information, visit cottonlanervresort.com or contact Fitzgerald at 702-277-0182.