Consider Living in an Mobile Home Community for Retirees

by : Nelson Stewart

If you're retiring and wanting to downsize your living arrangement, a mobile home park may not be on your list of areas to check out. Mobile home parks sometimes conjure up images of dirty streets and cluttered yards - not anywhere a person who is house- and community-proud would want to live. However, mobile home parks are changing to meet the demands of a growing demographic who want quiet, well-maintained communities where they can live in peace. Due to this transition, here are six great reasons to consider an upscale mobile home community:

1. Affordability

Mobile homes are affordable, with a low initial cost and upkeep. The park usually takes care of major area maintenance, leaving you to care only for your home and its immediate environs. This means that you have to spend less time, effort and money paying for and keeping up your home. Spend your money on your hobbies or travel! The bonus of the new wave of mobile home ownership by the well-to-do means that a mobile home in a luxury resort is a good investment for your money.

2. Luxury

Did you just see the word, "luxury" in regards to mobile homes? Yep. The demand for more upscale housing has turned the entire mobile home industry around. Today's modern homes look like luxurious houses instead of boxes on the outside. On the inside, plush carpeting, hardwood floors, modern fixtures and spacious designs make these homes very comfortable residences. New laws concerning mobile home construction are also changing the design of these dwellings into buildings with solid construction of quality materials. The face of adult-oriented mobile home parks, too, is changing, with many being designed to meet the needs of active retirees by installing swimming pools, fitness complexes, clubhouses, community center activities and other desirable amenities.

3. Appearance

It's hard to watch unmaintained houses and messy yards in your neighborhood give it a trashy appearance and lower property values. This is especially difficult if you have worked hard to keep your property clean and your house in good repair. One of the attractions of a luxury park is that there is maintenance of the grounds and rules about the appearance of the properties. Generally these rules are reasonable and serve to make the appearance of the park a pleasure for all who live there.

4. Quiet

Let's face it - most people love and have raised kids, but sometimes they want to live in a quieter environment. Living in an adult community means that you don't have to wake up to the chatter of schoolgoers in the morning. This doesn't mean that you can't have your grandchildren over to visit; it means that when they go home, you can relax and reflect on the sweet sound of silence. That and not tripping over rollerblades outside are definite benefits to adult communities that many people appreciate!

5. Security

Many upscale mobile home parks are gated, but this is not the only reason that they are more secure. Smaller communities, especially those formed for people of similar interests and goals, are closer knit than today's sprawling collections of houses. People are more likely to notice if strangers hang around or if suspicious activity is going on. They are also more likely to be proactive by confronting suspicious people or calling the police. Crime is low in these communities, due to the lifestyles of the people who move here.

6. Community

It's wonderful to live where you know your neighbors and share interests. A specially-designed mobile home park allows these connections to be made easily and swiftly. With many quality mobile home communities investing in social centers for their residents and group activities, it's easy to stay active and interested in your community and make new friends. Community is something we can all appreciate and benefit from and choosing a community that encourages community spirit is an excellent way to support this.

If you are looking for the above amenities in your next home, try visiting an upscale mobile home park. Mobile home parks are changing to meet the needs of people who want more from the communities they invest in. Upscale parks are challenging the stigma of the term "mobile home park" with quality residences and standards that uphold community values. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you see.