When I first went looking to buy a mobile home, I really knew nothing about them. But early on, I had the great good fortune to meet Chuck and Christine Thorne of Quality Homes in Capitola, California. Right from the start, they helped me understand what the manufactured home market was all about. The Thorne’s have been designing, building, and installing manufactured homes for many years, and have earned their reputation as experts in the field. Soon we were viewing available mobile homes up and down Santa Cruz County. Christine was tireless in her efforts to find just the right place for me. I immediately came to appreciate her discerning eye for detail; she quickly pointed out things I would never have noticed myself. When there was a question about the roof on one place, Chuck had a professional roofer up there in 20 minutes flat. The whole process gave me a much deeper understanding of manufactured homes: their construction, the rules that govern the market, even insights into the personality of the parks themselves — the subtle differences that make it more than a place to live, but a community to come home to. It was an absolute joy to work with Chuck and Christine and also Heather Gray at Quality Homes. They are those rare folks that combine a no-nonsense approach to business, with an attentive and personal style that inspires confidence and trust. If you’re in the market for a mobile home, I don’t think it would be possible to find anyone more capable, more knowledgeable, or more dedicated to their clients than Chuck and Christine Thorne.
I have rarely felt as delightfully and beyond competently served as I did when working with Christine Thorne of Quality Homes. She was thoroughly engaged in working with me to produce a mobile home that would meet all of my needs, wants and aesthetics. In visiting one of Quality Home’s previous installations, I could tell that high quality was of the utmost importance, both within the manufactured home and in the exterior groundwork. Nothing was overlooked in assuring that functionality and beauty were created. She had photographs at her fingertips that showed me exactly what certain aspects of the home would look like so I could be certain that what I was choosing was my first choice down to the smallest detail. She left no stone unturned in attempting to stay within my budget while still providing what would have been the ideal home. She also guided me step by step through the park approval process and other paperwork, answering all my questions. She provided a wealth of information based on her extensive experience and investigated all details to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I eventually realized I could not move forward with this project for reasons that had nothing to do with the services I had received from Christine, Chuck and the office staff. And even at this point, Christine was as gracious as ever. I had a tremendously fun and satisfying experience working with Christine both in person and by phone. I can’t imagine finding a better manufactured home specialist than Quality Homes.
When we decided to downsize we contacted Quality Homes. Chuck and Christine Thorne and the entire team were exceptional!
Christine made the process of buying our new modular home flawless and even followed up with us after we moved in to answer questions and address any issues.
We love our new home and highly recommend Christine at Quality Homes.
Meral and Vangie Jensen
We were starting to explore the possibilities of purchasing a home when our financial advisor suggested looking at a manufactured home. She recommended we talk to Christine and Chuck Thorne at Quality Homes. When I first met with Christine I found her to be very informative and helpful. She knew I was just looking around yet she spent a good deal of time with me and there was no pressure.
So when we were ready to buy, 2 years later, we went directly back to Christine. She is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She supported us through the entire process. Her taste was a great match for us and she worked with us to make choices in designing our home.
Chuck also has been very informative and supportive in addressing any concerns and dealing with the structural matters involved with buying and maintaining a new home.
We love our home. Everyone who visits us is totally impressed with the quality and design of our new house.
Karen & Dick Kulvin
I have known Chuck and Christine for about 20 years. Their character and motivation to work hard no matter the circumstance is of the highest caliber, they give every situation their all, whether it’s personal or professional. Chuck and Christine are self-motivated, serious, and purposeful and people of integrity. Chuck and Christine have a thirst for expanding their skills outside of the typical cookie-cutter manufactured home plans; not because they have to, but because they want to. They have revolutionized the manufactured home business by educating themselves and advising clients of what creative possibilities are available to them when choosing a home. Chuck and Christine’s dedication to their business gives clients not just a house, but a home, a retreat, a life-style in beautiful Santa Cruz County where many thought it was impossible. Much of our culture is oriented to profit, and not to the customer’s wellbeing.
Chuck and Christine are my go to couple to consult with when choosing and designing a custom manufactured home (we have had two in Brookvale Terrace). So I can say without reservation they are enthusiastic and dedicated to their clients. I recommend that no one hesitate to choose Quality Homes, with Chuck and Christine Thorne as guardians of your project.
Thank you for working with me and Joyce. I know Joyce is very happy too! I appreciate all your hard work and all the work Heather put in too! Your service is world class. Thank you again!
David Lyng Real Estate
If you are thinking of selling your used mobile home by yourself, DON’T. I strongly recommend Christine at Quality Homes to help you navigate the path for a quick and painless sale. My mother’s home was built in 1974 and had issues that needed to be addressed for any buyer. Christine spent hours with potential buyers to educate them regarding the least expensive methods to get the unit in the proper condition. The first open house produced a qualified buyer! Don’t waste months like I did trying to sell on your own. Contact Quality Homes for great service and fast results.
We were in search of a home for our daughter and after looking around & not finding anything affordable for her, we called Quality Homes. We were so lucky we walked into those doors in Capitola! Christine & Chuck were more than very helpful, as they had a lot that had just become available. We were able to come to terms in one day. Christine then helped us through the financing of the home, which isn’t easy. She found us a great loan, and then helped us through the park approval process. They were there with us through it all, including all of the choices for the new manufactured home. The home was delivered on time. Everything was finished on the site above our expectations. It really came out quite nice & our daughter is extremely happy. We are very lucky to have met them. We would tell our friends the same.
Todd & Jill Prindle
Just a quick note to let you know that it has been a pleasure meeting you and working with you. I always appreciate learning new things in our business. I hope we can work together again. I will definitely refer my contacts to you for new homes.
Laura Fernandez, Realtor
Keller Williams Santa Cruz
Quality Homes who specialize in manufactured homes is the best! We sold our home that we lived in for 35 years on Depot Hill in Capitola and wanted to downsize so we could experience the “next chapter” in our lives without a lot of maintenance and up keep. We bought two brand new beautiful homes from Christine and Chuck Thorne. The first one we lived in for 6 months in Soquel and loved it but missed Capitola everyday so we bought the second home from them that they just completed in Brookvale Terrace in Capitola. We sold the home in Soquel and moved back to Capitola 2 years ago and never looked back. We absolutely love it here and express gratitude everyday for our beautiful home and surroundings. Christine and Chuck made our transition in both transactions so comfortable and harmonious with their integrity and professionalism. We would highly recommend their services to anyone interested in acquiring a manufactured home in Santa Cruz County.
Bob & Pam Tomaselli
Thank you both for all your hard work in helping me get my beach home!
Sabrina Haaberg – Snug Harbor
Thank you, Christine, for creating my BEAUTIFUL home!! With grateful thoughts, Mary.
Mary – Antonelli
We first met Chuck Thorne of Quality Homes when he installed our next door neighbor’s home several years ago. We watched the process from start to finish and we dreamed of replacing ours someday. When we were finally ready, several years later, we met with Christine Thorne and she helped us design the house. Her experience, advice, and the endless time she gave us every step of the way was incredible. Christine pointed out so many details that we wouldn’t have thought of that have made our home special. We never knew we could have such a custom home….. designed to fit our antique corner cabinet, a new farm sink, sliding French doors for an office, master bedroom that opens up to our private backyard. Chuck Thorne was there every day. We depended on him for everything and he made it all happen for us. The home placement was exactly as he said it would be. His advice on that was invaluable. We got a bigger home with a front porch without sacrificing the outdoor area. Our outdoor space was also important to us and he knew that. We got the beautiful front porch we always wanted with stairs leading up to the front door and we were able to keep our front yard too. All in all we can’t say enough good things about Chuck and Christine. They made our dream come true!!!!!
Doug and Jackie Pio
Christine, Thank you very much! I must tell you that we are very pleased with the service you provided. Your professionalism, expertise and patience did not go unnoticed. Thanks again, and if you ever need a recommendation please feel free to call on me.
This year my husband and I decided to move to Santa Cruz and find our “golden years”. We figured a good start would be to buy a manufactured home in a 55+ community, which looked like a more affordable way. We were fortunate in both finding a lovely resident-owned mobile home community, and finding Christine Thorne and Chuck Thorne, manufactured home specialists, who showed us a multitude of ways that we could be part of designing a new home for ourselves. Christine Thorne and Chuck Thorne are the owners of Quality Homes, which is conveniently located in the heart of Capitola (when you get hungry, you can go across the street to Gayle’s Bakery for a delightful snack!) We were able to give input to everything from colors, carpeting, distribution and size of the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. There was much time and creativity poured into getting the optimum use of the space we had. I would highly recommend their company for a quality product. They are dedicated to their art of creating, and as their card states, “Quality Homes is helping create your future.” I guess in our case, that means a good start on our golden years. Can’t thank them enough, the team at Quality Homes is amazing….. Virginia P., Santa Cruz, new owner of a “Quality Homes” manufactured home
I’d like to pass on the good word about Quality Homes in Capitola. I have been exceptionally happy with their product and the service that has been provided. I had them design from scratch a mobile home for me, and it turned out spectacular! They put a huge amount of time and energy into my project – and the results are apparent. Whenever someone sees my place, the reaction is always with praise. And to top it off, when something needs adjustment or fine tuning, Chuck and Christine are always prompt and efficient in taking care of it, even if it is out of warranty and paid for by them. There are a few different companies in this area that do the same thing, but Quality Homes has been a cut far above the competition.
My wife and I have consulted with and used the services of Quality Homes on three separate occasions. They assisted us in selling two mobile homes and one manufactured home in the space of the last three years. We were very aware that Quality Homes is a Manufactured Home Dealership which is exactly why we hired them. In addition to designing and selling new manufactured homes, they have the broadest knowledge about all aspects of buying and selling new and used mobile homes and we wanted to use their experience in this field and their knowledge of the area to help us sell our existing homes. They did a tremendous job. Those who do not work within the manufactured home industry, and who are not used to dealing with the numerous mobile/manufactured home communities in Santa Cruz County, just do not have the know-how to properly show such a home or advise clients fairly and thoroughly. That’s the huge advantage Christine and Chuck have in running their business; they know how to help people who are considering the purchase of a mobile home. We found them professional and knowledgeable in every respect. We are 100% satisfied with their service. We would use them again, if needed.
We were introduced to Chuck by our realtor who also happens to be an attorney. She spoke highly of Chuck’s integrity, commitment to his clients, and tremendous knowledge of all aspects of these special homes. She did not overstate his abilities, commitment, or qualities one bit. Chuck was our greatest asset as we worked through the various aspects of buying, designing, installing and moving into a manufactured home. We encountered a few unforeseen, complex issues, none of which were related to Quality Homes, still, Chuck took ownership and drove resolution keeping us informed at all times. Quality Homes staff models Chuck and Christine’s customer centric focus. They are friendly, efficient and very helpful. You are made to feel very welcome and comfortable in their offices. Chuck and Christine are well regarded within the industry supporting manufactured homes. We have had three men, all from different companies, comment on how fortunate we were to have worked with Chuck and Christine because of their honesty and client care. On a scale of 1-10, our experience was definitely a 12!
Georgie and Jan
We are loving our new home! We’re still unpacking and trying to get all moved in but it’s been a very happy, rewarding experience. We sit here in the evening, with a glass of wine, looking around at everything and trying to believe that this is really ours.
We are truly grateful to you for making this happen for us. We know it wasn’t easy and was, perhaps, a bit of a struggle but you made it happen and for that we will always be grateful.
Mike & Linda