Bring the Snowbird Life­style Home

With Park­bridge Com­mu­ni­ties

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents -

Tem­per­a­tures are rapidly drop­ping, and very soon the snow shovel will be your best ally: it’s time to head down to warmer des­ti­na­tions. As snow­birds, we look for­ward to the sense of com­mu­nity, se­cu­rity, ac­tiv­i­ties, af­ford­abil­ity, and free­dom to travel that many south­ern prop­er­ties pro­vide. Many of us wish we could bring that life­style home when we re­turn to the com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures of spring and sum­mer in Canada. Here are the top five rea­sons why any Cana­di­ans should con­sider em­brac­ing the snowbird life­style at home, and how they can achieve it:


Brace your­self this win­ter! The Old Farmer’s Al­manac has re­cently re­vealed it’s pre­dic­tions for the up­com­ing win­ter sea­son, and it’s not great news. The cold weather may be the num­ber one rea­son we head south, and the op­po­site is why we head home! By April, many south­ern states are un­com­fort­ably hot or sti­fling hot and hu­mid - whereas home sweet home has glo­ri­ously agree­able spring, sum­mer and fall weather. We leave with few cares about the south­ern property. If only we could do the same for our north­ern one.


With just a lit­tle bit of plan­ning, the snowbird life­style al­lows many Cana­di­ans and re­tirees a rel­a­tively stress-free life­style all year. Through­out Canada and the U.S., there are many com­mu­ni­ties that let us affordably split our time be­tween two homes, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing our qual­ity of life. In a land lease com­mu­nity, home­own­ers own the house but lease the land. They en­joy se­cu­rity, safety, and peace of

mind when they head south for the win­ter or any trip dur­ing the spring, sum­mer, and fall, as many of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties look af­ter and main­tain their res­i­dence. Th­ese property man­age­ment ser­vices can in­clude snow shov­el­ing, home watch se­cu­rity, mail col­lec­tion, and more. The same worry-free life­style we en­joy down south.


There is a vast net­work for snow­birds where they can meet other like-minded peo­ple. Many Park­bridge com­mu­ni­ties have So­cial Clubs or Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tions, which or­ga­nize din­ners, dances, golf tour­na­ments, and other so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties which foster so­cial con­nec­tiv­ity and that true sense of friend­ship. A cur­rent snowbird named Les Fer­rey, a home­owner for seven years at Park Place, a Park­bridge Life­style Com­mu­nity, just out­side of Wasaga Beach, On­tario says, “I love get­ting to­gether with my neigh­bours for an im­promptu drink or get-to­gether or host­ing my friends for a jam ses­sion at our home. What makes us so happy about Park Place is the won­der­ful peo­ple that we’ve met that make up the com­mu­nity and who we are proud to call our dear­est life-long friends.”


By head­ing south snow­birds are not forced to hi­ber­nate in­doors all win­ter, and they can stay ac­tive through planned ac­tiv­i­ties and out­door ameni­ties. The same can be true at home where it can be easy to stay ac­tive and en­joy the warm weather when you have the proper fa­cil­i­ties. Many Park­bridge com­mu­ni­ties have in­door and out­door pools, work-out fa­cil­i­ties, or­ga­nized fit­ness classes, golf cour­ses, walk­ing & bik­ing paths, and more.


Less stress equals more happiness. In fact, in a re­cent Dutch study it was re­ported that there was a “pro­tec­tive re­la­tion­ship” be­tween op­ti­mism and mor­tal­ity. Peo­ple with less stress, and there­fore a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, quite sim­ply, lived longer. The land leas­ing con­cept of home own­er­ship lends it­self to a stress-free, hap­pier life­style. Land leas­ing can be quite af­ford­able for those tran­si­tion­ing into re­tire­ment and be­com­ing snow­birds. It al­lows them to un­lock money from their ex­ist­ing homes, start do­ing the things they’d rather be do­ing, and stop do­ing the things they’d rather not be do­ing (like grass cut­ting, snow shov­el­ing or main­tain­ing a house that feels too big.) In a sense, leas­ing lets a re­tiree have a happy, stress-free life­style that they have worked hard for, and de­serve.


In­ter­ested in the snowbird life­style and the land lease con­cept? Park­bridge Life­style Com­mu­ni­ties (www.park­ is Canada’s lead­ing land lease owner and de­vel­oper. Learn more about their ap­proach:


Park­bridge is in­vested in their com­mu­ni­ties along­side their home­own­ers. They work con­tin­u­ally with them to en­sure there is on­go­ing, thought­ful in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture, stan­dards, and ameni­ties so they feel safe, proud and at home in the com­mu­ni­ties where they live.


Park­bridge’s land lease ap­proach is one of the most attainable hous­ing op­tions, al­low­ing home­own­ers to main­tain and grow eq­uity in their homes at a lower cost rel­a­tive to other home own­er­ship op­tions, while still hav­ing money avail­able for life’s other pri­or­i­ties.


Park­bridge fos­ters vi­brant, ac­tive com­mu­ni­ties, giv­ing home­own­ers ac­cess to well-main­tained, shared ameni­ties where they can par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and feel con­nected to the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live.


Park­bridge be­lieves in build­ing sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties. We in­tro­duced our first cer­ti­fied En­ergy Star home, of­fer­ing an ex­cep­tional value while us­ing sig­nif­i­cantly less en­ergy, and con­tin­u­ally look for new ways to make and sus­tain com­mu­ni­ties.

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