See how much private equity giant Carlyle Group paid for Boynton Beach trailer park

A 2014 event at Royal Manor Estates

Private equity giant Carlyle Group of Washington, D.C., has been loading up on trailer parks. In its latest deal, Carlyle paid $45.52 million for the 85-acre Royal Manor Mobile Homes along Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach, according to a deed.

Carlyle took out a $26.4 million mortgage, according to property records. The seller was Beverlee Miller Raymond.

The park has seen drama between residents and managers in recent years. From a 2013 story by the Palm Beach Post:

More than 75 residents of the Royal Manor Estates senior mobile-home park gathered at the community’s clubhouse Tuesday night to discuss concerns over alleged harassment by the park’s management company.

Many residents claim an escalating pattern of threats, mistreatment and intimidation by property manager Carl Pearse and Demma Mobile Homes of Hollywood, the real estate company that sells the residences.

One resident is facing eviction.

“The purpose of the meeting is to expose all of the abuses that are happening here and to let people know it’s OK to speak out,” said Michael Zdep, who lives with his mother, Dianne, at the park. “You don’t have to suffer in silence.”

Dianne Zdep has alleged a variety of harassing behaviors since she put a for-sale sign on her home with an asking price of $99,000. But Demma said it could only be sold for about $30,000 less.

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