The Dexter Oaks Story


Dexter Oaks opened in 2003 as Dexter Oaks Mobile Home Park and is now a 39-home, resident-owned manufactured home community.

But that transition didn’t happen overnight. We formed the Dexter Oaks Cooperative, Inc. and started on the path to resident ownership. That’s when, with the help of CASA of Oregon and ROC USA, LLC, we purchased and took control of our community on Oct. 30, 2015.

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.

Dexter Oaks is a well-established community in Dexter, Ore., for people looking for easy access to the Eugene and Springfield, and who also enjoy proximity to abundant outdoor opportunities. We are conveniently located just 20 minutes from both cities.

Kayakers will love how close the Willamette Water Trail is from the community, and hikers frequent Elijah Bristow State Park for its 10 miles of trails. Dexter Oaks is less than a mile from Dexter State Recreation Site and just five minutes from the entrance to Elijah Bristow State Park. Known for boating, hiking and picnic sites, Dexter State Recreation Site is on the western edge of the Dexter Reservoir. From there, you can even take a trail into Elijah Bristow State Park.

Dexter Oaks is on Route 58, and only a short distance to Route 5. Our location makes it easy to enjoy all the restaurants, farmers markets, and cultural activities that abound in Eugene, a city known for arts and the outdoors, as well as the University of Oregon. Interested in taking a class? Lane Community College is 20 minutes and offers extensive continuing education courses. Ready for time at the beach? We are less than two hours from Heceta Beach in Florence. If you are looking for more extensive hiking, the Willamette, Siuslaw, and Umpqua National Forests are all within a two-hour drive.

Dexter Oaks Cooperative is a well-established community for people who enjoy a welcoming neighborhood in an ideal location. Ask anyone who lives in Dexter Oaks, and we’re sure they’ll tell you it’s a little slice of heaven.