Not your average residential park
Each and every home is utterly unique and that was evident in abundance. They are bursting with understanding luxury; glossy tiles, chalky-grey wood, dense fuffy carpets, matt-black feature radiators and sofas to sink into and discover that you could acutually customise every inch of your new home, from tiles to accessories - all provided by top quality suppliers.
A fully assited Home Exchange Scheme is also available to ensure a smooth transition and secure an idyllic lifestyle within the beautiful surroundings of Lone Pine Park.
The homes are carefully manoeuvred into place with a brick-built base and completed with your own garage and/ or shed and landscaped garden; just enough to maintain, without taking up all of your time.
The park is divided up into small cul-de-sacs, all individually named (a rather adorable touch). One minute you might be strolling through ‘Honeysuckle Close’ and the next minute you’re in ‘Foxglove Glade’. This is just phase two of an incredible plan to upgrade the entire park, into a five star premium residential estate.
Moving to a residential park can mean swapping urban life for a peaceful place in the country and becoming part of a friendly, like-minded community. Many downsize to a park home, releasing capital in their bricks-and-mortar to fund their retirement.
In appearance, there is virtually no difference. Many park homes look like attractively designed and traditionally built bungalows with a pitched roof. The only real difference is the method of construction. Park homes are usually fully-furnished and their modern interiors provide good sized living areas and a separate kitchen, often supplied with integrated appliances, built-in cupboards and wardrobes, two or three bedrooms and a fitted bathroom. Central heating and double glazing are usually installed as standard, and so is carpeting throughout.
Many residential parks are real communities where no-one need feel isolated. Individual privacy is, of course, respected as it would be anywhere. However, many homeowners enjoy being drawn into the park activities, committees, clubs and other social opportunities which develop as a result of initiatives by homeowners themselves. Other members of the family living elsewhere also have peace of mind from the knowledge that many parks are akin to semi-sheltered environments, often with a resident owner or manager to provide additional security.
The law has developed over the years to provide a legal framework which includes Mobile Home Acts specifically protecting the rights of homeowners on residential parks. The law gives homeowners security of tenure - that is probably its single most important safeguard - and rights to sell their home on the park. There are also important rules about inheritance and controls on the way the pitch fee is reviewed.
Yes most definitely. There are important differences between a residential park home, which is designed and built for permanent living to a specific residential British Standard (BS3632) and a caravan holiday home, which is usually constructed to different standards to reflect its holiday occupancy.
Again, yes, most definitely. You should not buy a home on a park licensed for holiday use if you intend to live in it. The protection offered by the Mobile Home Acts applies to licensed residential parks - and is not available on holiday parks (even if they are open for 12 months of the year). To ensure that you would be protected by the law, before making any commitment to buy, you should check the park’s Site Licence which is issued by the Local Authority to be sure that there are no restrictions (such as for ‘holiday use only’).
Many purchasers are attracted to park life because of the park rules restricting the age of people living on the park. A sense of community and security is provided by living on a park where everyone is, for example, over 55. You should ensure that you receive a copy of any park rules and are happy to abide by them when you buy your park home. As well as age, park rules will often lay down requirements for things like pets and parking.
Download a copy of the 'Written Statement under the Mobile Homes Act 1983' here for further guidance.
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