The classic vision of older folks wearing pastels and living the good life retired in Florida or Arizona is no longer the norm. During our RV travels this year we’ve come across many options for places to retire, all with different lifestyles. This month an entirely new option has presented itself. A mobile lifestyle.
Many retired Canadians are snowbirds who spend their summers in Canada and travel south for the colder months. We’ve also met Americans who do the same thing. Some not for weather considerations but for the lifestyle.
The campground we stayed at on Lake Osoyoos this month was selling their spots for $200,000. Almost 95% of the sites had been sold for folks to live on. The lot next to us had a $700,000 plus Class A RV on it and they’d purchased their neighboring spot to house a permanent outdoor room and their speed boat.
They came during the warm season and probably used it 4 months a year. They could have purchased a home on the lake for around the same amount of money but preferred the mobile lifestyle. We spent $60 a night to stay next to them and enjoyed the same lifestyle…sort of. Our trailer doesn’t have marble floors and granite counters but you get the idea:)
Another mobile option we’ve run across are Park homes. I’d never heard of them until our first RV trip to the Oregon coast.
These are like mini mobile homes that get delivered to your purchased campsite, hooked up to the water, sewer, and electric, then stays put. They come fully furnished but you can personalize them to your heart’s desire.
Lucy and I toured one this week that came equipped with a king sized bed, washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven, microwave, full-size refrigerator, 3 large screen TVs, leather couch, 2 leather recliners, dinette set, skylights, ceiling fans, and chandeliers. The lady parked next to us has a piano in hers!
Although you don’t own the land your park home is on, you have a long-term lease of the space. People put in beautiful landscapes so some of these parks are gorgeous.
Many of these folks have sold their big homes and own several of these park homes in different locations like Palm Springs, Arizona, Utah etc. They’ve developed lasting friendships within each park and look forward to reconnecting when they change location each season.
I asked a couple next to us what they did with all their “stuff”. As I suspected, they gave it to their kids, sold or donated the rest. Some couples opt to pay for a storage unit, but most agreed that was a waste of money.
It’s an interesting lifestyle we hadn’t considered. I’m not sure I could live without a home base but I could certainly spend many months of the year, here with this view out my back window.
With so many beautiful spots to live, this mobile lifestyle allows you flexibility with less commitment.
Have you ever considered not owning or living in a building?
Thanks for reading and have a great day!