PARADISE, Calif. – Paradise residents Greg and Theresa Vincent return and watch tearfully as their new home is delivered to Paradise Mobile Estates, the first rebuilt mobile home park to reopen on the Ridge, 18 months after the devastating Camp Fire destroyed their home.
"Tears were flowing to see the home coming towards us it was like, ok remember to let go of the ribbon," said Greg Vincent.
"I've never seen so much excitement about one home coming into a community it was a lot of fun—but today is really all about the Vincent’s," said John McDougall, Principal, and CEO of monte Christo Communities.
Greg and Theresa Vincent are Camp Fire survivors – and now they’re coming home.
"For me, it wasn’t even a question," said Theresa.
The couple has been living in an RV in Durham since the fire, and they told Action News Now, it hasn’t been easy.
"It was a lot of vigilance for me very emotional a lot of crying," she said.
But now tears of pain have turned to tears of joy, thanks to Monte Christo Communities in partnership with Casa park homes – the first mobile home site in Paradise reopened.
39 manufactured homes will be set up and ready for purchase before the end of the year.
"We kinda just move forward with the project and not knowing what the demand would look like when we reopen," McDougall said.
McDougall feeling blessed, leading the charge to bring the affordable homes back into town.
He says this is a huge step in the recovery process for the town, bringing back housing to hopefully encourage more businesses.
The mobile home site has existed in Paradise since the 1960s. McDougall says this is the second time they are having to rebuild the park.
Pricing for the manufactured home ranges from $70-100,000.
"We’re really hopeful that the town will keep a lot of the character that it had before and the senior community will come back," he said.
Back to the little things that make Paradise... Paradise.
"I love the mountain air and seeing the beautiful stars at night that I’ve missed," the Vincent's said. "This is where I wanna be where I wanna stay, it’s a blessing to come home to be back up here where we belong."
The Vincent's will be able to move into their new home in a couple of weeks.
“We are thrilled and honored to lead the comeback of mobile home communities to Paradise, where this has historically been a large percentage of the area’s housing. It’s vital that mobile home communities reopen so the Paradise economy can return and it's displaced residents who want to move back will be able to come home. Welcome back Greg and Theresa!” said McDougall.