Introduction

Vista Pioneers I, Inc. (dba Vista Village Mobilehome Park) is a resident-owned Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation for seniors 55 years of age and over, consisting of 137 homes nestled among the rolling hills of Vista, California, an incorporated city with a population in 2008 of just under 100,000.

Potential buyers must contact our office and meet with our Membership Committee prior to entering into any final purchase commitment.

Governance

As a corporation registered in 1985 under the laws of the State of California, we are governed by member-approved bylaws which provide for a seven-member Board of Directors, including four officers and three directors-at-large, one of whom serves as our maintenance supervisor. Regular elections for our Board are conducted at the Annual Meeting of Members on the fourth Thursday of each February, at which each of the 137 homes in our corporation holds one shareholder vote. Regular public meetings of the Board are held roughly every two months; our bylaws require the Board to hold at least six regular meetings a year. In addition, our bylaws provide for the Board to establish and enforce the Park’s Rules and Regulations, which are included in the section titled Rules & Regs of this Web site. The bylaws also provide for several standing committees which monitor specific needs of the Park, and make regular reports and recommendations to the Board for consideration and possible adoption. Since we do not have professional management, we rely on volunteer participation by resident members of our corporation.

Fees & Taxes

Our current monthly assessment fee is $325.00, payable no later than the fifth of each month. Our bylaws limit this monthly assessment to $325.00; in order for it to be raised, membership approval would be required. Although all the land and common facilities in Vista Village Mobilehome Park are owned by the Corporation, which holds our mortgage, each member pays individual property taxes—including sewer charges—according to a member-approved arrangement made a number of years ago. These individual tax assessments can range from approximately $700 to $1,000 per year. Each member’s monthly assessment fee pays for their water, basic cable TV, trash collection, loan (mortgage) repayment, reserve fund maintenance, administration, and common area electricity and maintenance.

Location & History

Situated on both sides of the State 78 Freeway, which connects the I-5 Freeway in Oceanside with the I-15 Freeway in Escondido to the east, across northern San Diego County, Vista (originally known as Rancho Buena Vista) has a colorful history dating back to the Spanish colonial period of the 18th century, when the Franciscan friars from Spain traveled along El Camino Real between Misión San Diego de Alcalá and Misión San Luis Rey, in present-day Oceanside, then a day’s journey apart. Arguably, the most famous of California’s Spanish missions is the next one to the north, Misión San Juan Capistrano, founded on November 1, 1776, home of the oldest building in California in continuous use. The California Mission Trail continues north to Sonoma, north of San Francisco Bay. In 1852, Rancho Buena Vista was brought into the “modern” world by becoming a stop on the Browning & Alexander Stagecoach Line between Los Angeles and San Diego. Finally, today’s City of Vista was incorporated on January 28, 1963. Those interested in more detailed history of the area may wish to visit the Vista Historical Society at 2317 Foothill Drive (760.630.0444).

Climate

Vista is a popular retirement destination, especially for many of those who were once stationed in any of the several military bases in San Diego County, not the least of which is nearby Camp Pendleton. The major attraction to this area, situated only about seven miles east of the Pacific Ocean, is its temperate climate, with an average annual daily temperature of 74°F. Those who enjoy walking and/or bike riding are able to enjoy those activities nearly every day of the year, which averages 340 days of sunshine. Rain is sparse, but when it does rain, it really rains, and draws the special attention of natives who have become unused to such exhibitions by Mother Nature!

Convenience & Attractions

Virtually every kind of recreational, shopping, or entertainment venue is available within a mere 30-minute drive: malls, golf courses, casinos, multiplex movie complexes, performing arts centers, and universities and other educational institutions. One major supermarket and a major pharmacy, along with various other shops, are within easy walking distance of Vista Village Mobilehome Park, as are several churches of different denominations. (See the section titled Advantages for more details.) If you wish to take a longer journey, you can drive out along the historic Butterfield Overland Stage route to Borrego Springs for lunch at the picturesque La Casa del Zorro Resort, followed by a scenic drive back through the old gold-mining town of Julian en route back to Vista. This particular day trip is especially popular during the spring desert wildflower season.

Healthcare Facilities

Those interested in the quality of local healthcare will be pleased to know that there are practitioners of most medical and dental specialties of significance in the general area. The sizeable Tri-City Medical Center is located in Vista, and a highly rated V.A. hospital, affiliated with the University of California at San Diego Medical School, is located just a short drive to the south in La Jolla. Several other excellent hospitals, specializing in various medical conditions, are also available in the general area. In addition, Vista is home to a number of well maintained assisted living facilities, as well as other board-and-care facilities.

Transportation

A new commuter train, named the Sprinter, now runs through Vista and connects to the main commuter train in Oceanside which runs up and down the coast of San Diego County; it also connects to the Amtrak train, called the Surfliner, which runs north through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and on to San Luis Obispo. Other types of public transport are available (see Advantages section). Vista is situated roughly halfway between the San Diego International Airport to the south and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport to the north, each of which can be reached on any one of several airport shuttles.

Part-time Living

Vista Village Mobilehome Park has always been a popular site for vacation homes owned by conventional “snowbirds” from the cold northern winter regions, especially the Great Lakes area. More recently, however, we’ve begun to attract summer residents who come here to escape the heat in Arizona.

Most folks who pay a visit to Vista very often return at some point to live here. And we here in Vista Village Mobilehome Park alone include residents from most parts of the United States and even some from Canada … and the trend continues.