SIGN OF THE TIMES: Mobile home in Harrisburg has six-figure listing price

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First it was the $2,000 per month rental house in Carrington Woods.

Then, it wasthe nine-figure property in Greysone Arbor.

Now, here comes the $111,000 mobile home in Harrisburg. Yes, a 1980s mobile home in a trailer park on Harrisburg Road currently is listed on Zillow for $111,000. The sale price doesn't even include the land and the property, just the mobile home. According to the listing: "Fully and I mean fully remodeled mobile home, this is a must see, everything is new from the floors to the ceiling plus a large open deck which makes it great for entertaining. This is a 3 bedroom 2 bath mobile home and even the pictures do not do this remodel justice. Call today to schedule your viewing. The lot rent for this mobile home is $150. we are only selling the mobile home, not the land it sits on, call for more details.

The cost of housing has relatively skyrocketed in the last two years.  Apparently, not even the southside is immune. Roughly defined as everything south of Dairy Queen, north and east of the bypass and west of the Oconee River, the southside also is experiencing a rapid rise in rental prices. A home on Marion Street, located deep on the southside, last year was listed online with a $1,300 per month rent. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 118 Marion Street comes equipped with a refrigerator.

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A $1,300 rental house in the middle of the southside would've seemed unfathomable a mere few years ago, as would $950 a month mobile homes on Harrisburg Road, located off of Allen Memorial Drive. Yes, a pair of mobile homes were listed several months ago online at $950 apiece. The addresses are 103 Harrisburg Road and 105 Harrisburg Road, respectively.

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Louise Sallstrom, currently the executive director of Milledgeville Cares, has been volunteering around Milledgeville for more than 30 years.

"Housing is the worst problem we have in Milledgevlle. It's awful," she said. "When you have Georgia College students willing to pay upwards of $1,000 for a bedroom, which is happening now in some cases, there will be a trickle down effect.

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Wanda Addeo is the executive director of Overview Inc. and is on the front lines of the runaway rent situation.

"I have been here for 13 years, and I've never seen it this bad. It's a pretty big issue right now, especially for lower income families," said Addeo, adding that her organization recently was awarded with an emergency federal grant to help with rental assistance.

Obviously, it's not just a local phenonenom.According to Zillow's best estimates, the median home price in the state of Georgia rose 27.1 percent between June 30, 2021 t0 June 30, 2022, as well as a whopping 80 percent over a five-year span. Much of the increase can be attributed to metro Atlanta, which typically makes many of the different top 10 lists for out-of-control housing markets. Obviously, however, it's not just limited to Atlanta, and Milledgeville and Baldwin County most certainly are long for the ride right now.

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