The Wheel Estates Story


Wheel Estates Tenants Association originally opened in the 1960s and is now a 199-site, resident-owned manufactured home community.

But that transition didn’t happen overnight. We formed the Wheel Estates Tenants Association. and started on the path to resident-ownership in 2013. That’s when, with the help of Cooperative Development Institute and ROC USA, LLC, we purchased and took control of our community on May 1, 2013.

Now, the resident-owned community (ROC) is not only a successful business, but also a thriving neighborhood.

The process of the resident-owned community buying the land beneath our neighborhood brought this community closer together. Not only do we know far more of our neighbors than ever before, but we look out for one another, too. And with no outside landlord to report to, we’re the envy of other nearby manufactured home communities.

Our Member households elect our Board of Directors, which works with a property management firm and also appoints various volunteer committees to help with special projects, celebrations, community improvements and more. The Board submits a budget every year, and the entire Membership votes on it and any changes to the rent before the budget becomes official. We’re running the business that is our community on our terms, by our rules, for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors.

Wheel Estates couldn’t be better situated. We’re a wonderful place to raise a family and a peaceful place to live. We are a 30-minute drive from Mount Greylock, a beautiful wilderness park perfect for hiking and camping. Our community has a terrific pool and playground, and North Adams is home to some of the country’s greatest art. We’re just minutes from several museums, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (one of the nation’s largest contemporary visual and performing art museums), as well as numerous theater festivals. Wheel Estates is also convenient for all kinds of shopping, from groceries and home improvement supplies to clothing, baked goods and restaurants. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is two miles away from Wheel Estates and offers more than 80 academic programs to choose from right in our backyard.

Five minutes from a dog park, we are a family and pet-friendly community with an ideal location. Located in the beautiful Berkshires, we are only a three-hour drive to Boston and New York City. Each August, the city hosts the North Adams’ Downtown Celebration right here in North Adams. On the first Sunday in October, the Fall Foliage Parade marches through downtown North Adams. Summer music festivals and fall foliage events are just a few of the local activities at our fingertips.

Wheel Estates is a well-established community for people who enjoy a welcoming neighborhood in an ideal location. Our Helping Hands Committe is a fantastic part of our community and helps our elderly residents maintain their property and homes. 

Ask anyone who lives in Wheel Estates, and we’re sure they’ll tell you it’s a little slice of heaven.