park home lifestyle

What’s it really like living on a modern park home development?

park home lifestyle

The residential park home lifestyle is a way of life attracting more and more people nearing retirement age. For many, moving to a residential development means moving to a quiet and peaceful park location, away from the noisy hubbub of everyday life.

Residential developments are a great option for anyone looking to become part of a safe, gated community, surrounded by like-minded people- or wanting to relocate to be closer to family. Here, we’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions about what it’s like to live on residential park home development, so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you in your retirement.

Park Home Lifestyle
residential park gates

Are residential parks safe places?

Residential developments tend to be very safe and secure. Parks typically install security measures such as electric gates and CCTV, to keep their residents and properties safe. Residents on parks also tend to watch out for one another, so if anything looks unusual, they will be there to check it out and make sure everything is in order.

residential park gates

The community aspect of living on a park home site can also be particularly appealing in retirement. The little things such as neighbours helping each other with picking up shopping, providing lifts, or even watching your home while your away on holiday.

Browse our selection of recommended gated parks or call us for no obligation advice including suitable park options.

Do residential parks have community spirit?

One of the biggest selling points of park home developments is the social community spirit and quality of life they provide their residents. Residents are often of similar age and interests, offering a ideal opportunity to build long-lasting friendship with neighbours. Many parks also offer a range of activities and events that encourage socialising and meeting new people, so you’ll never be lonely!

Read our article on why you’ll never be lonely on a residential park.

A Petanque club at one of our partner parks in Wiltshire.

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Take a look at the leisure facilities at this development in Herne Bay, Kent.

Are there any activities on residential parks?

Some modern developments, such as those owned by RoyaleLife often have fantastic onsite facilities for their residents, such as leisure pools, sauna, gym and coffee lounges. Residents also organised and run activities themselves such as quiz nights, live music, bingo events, golf societies, art clubs and line dancing! These are often organised on the park’s online social media group, and you can be as involved as much as you like.

royale park home

Are residential parks pet-friendly?

For many, pets are part of your family and it is only natural to want to have your furry companion by your side. Most residential parks welcome pets and will allow up too 2 animals per home.

royale park home
55 year old couple enjoying new lifestyle after park home downsize move

Are family and friends welcome to visit?

At all residential developments, family and friends are welcomed to visit, and often become a part of the wider community. If you’re used to having the grandchildren stay, most parks welcome short stays for a few nights at a time. We find that many visitors love their friends’ park lifestyle so much they often go on to buy a home at the same park!

55 year old couple enjoying new lifestyle after park home downsize move

What are the costs of living on a residential park?

As with any other property, you will be responsible for paying for water, electricity, gas and council tax for your park home. You will also need to pay ‘ground rent’ which is a payment made to the park operator to retain your home on the plot. Fees will vary from site to site and can range between £160 and £260 per month depending on the location. The park normally covers running costs such as park maintenance and the continued provision of services and amenities.


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