UNITED STATES
                              WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                                 AUGUST 5, 2004
                                (Date of Report)

             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)

                              (Commission File No.)

               MARYLAND                                      36-3857664
  (State or other jurisdiction of                        (I.R.S. Employer
   incorporation or organization)                       Identification No.)

       (Address of principal executive offices)               (Zip Code)

                                 (312) 279-1400
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)



         Manufactured Home Communities, Inc. (NYSE: MHC) announced that it has
entered into an agreement with the parent of Thousand Trails, Inc. (Thousand
Trails), the largest operator of membership-based campgrounds in the United
States. The transaction involves the purchase of approximately 3,000 acres of
vacant land and 57 properties offering membership-restricted access to
recreational vehicle owners and leisure customers, for a purchase price of $160
million. Under the terms of the agreement, MHC will provide a long-term lease of
the real estate (excluding the vacant land) to Thousand Trails, which will
continue to operate the properties for the benefit of its approximately 108,000
members nationwide. The properties are located in 16 states (primarily in the
western and southern United States) and British Columbia, and contain over
17,000 sites. The lease will generate $16 million in rental income to MHC on an
absolute triple net basis, subject to annual escalations. The initial term of
the lease is 15 years, with two five-year renewals at the option of the lessee.
Upon the completion of required conditions and financing arrangements, the
transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004.

         According to Thomas Heneghan, CEO and President of MHC, "We are
particularly excited about the opportunity to enhance MHC's real estate holdings
on the West Coast of the United States as well as adding close to 3,000 acres
available for expansion. The lease structure allows MHC to increase its exposure
to the RV sector while retaining its desired goal of investing in assets which
generate stable and predictable cash flows. The demographics bode well for this
business which currently experiences an average member profile of 63 years of
age and 14 years as a member. This business has increased its cash EBITDA from
approximately $19 million in 2001 to approximately $23 million in the year ended
June 30, 2004."

         "We are particularly pleased and excited to be partnering with MHC,"
said John Malone, CEO and President of Thousand Trails. "Their expertise and
resources will provide some unique opportunities as we position Thousand Trails
for growth and prosperity. This agreement underscores our confidence in our
industry and is further testimony to our employees' dedication to excellence as
well as to the loyalty and support of our 108,000 family members."

         The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to
maintain rental rates and occupancy with respect to properties currently owned
or pending acquisitions; the Company's assumptions about rental and home sales
markets; the completion of pending acquisitions and timing with respect thereto;
the effect of interest rates as well as other risks indicated from time to time
in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The
Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements
that become untrue because of subsequent events.

         Manufactured Home Communities, Inc. owns or has a controlling interest
in 209 quality communities in 23 states consisting of 80,028 sites. MHC is a
self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT) with
headquarters in Chicago.

         Thousand Trails is the largest operator of membership-based campgrounds
in the U.S., offering a network of 57 resort campground locations and serving
108,000 members as of June 30, 2004. Through its subsidiaries, the Company also
provides a reciprocal use program for members of approximately 280 recreational
facilities and manages 197 public campgrounds for the United States Forest
Service and other entities. Thousand Trails is owned by an affiliate of Kohlberg
& Company, L.L.C., a private merchant banking firm with offices in New York and


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                       MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITIES, INC.

                                       BY: /s/ Michael Berman
                                            Michael B. Berman
                                            Vice President, Treasurer and
                                              Chief Financial Officer

DATE:  August 5, 2004