Land Lease: An Alternative Solution for Canada’s Housing Challenges


TORONTO, ONTARIO, May 8, 2017

According to Canada’s 2016 census results (released on May 3), the country is witnessing an increasing number of seniors (up 20% since 2011) amid affordability concerns and growing demand for alternative housing solutions. These factors have major implications for the housing market, particularly as the “empty-nest” population looks to downsize – but land lease communities are offering a unique solution as a high-quality, yet affordable, home ownership model.

“Land lease is an attainable housing alternative that allows people to own their home without having to buy the land,” said Andrew Blair, President & CEO of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities. “These high-quality homes offer significant savings relative to freehold homes, which help people free up their financial resources for other priorities like travel, family and leisure.”

Historically, when people thought of land lease, they thought of trailer parks. While trailer parks were an early version of land lease, the land lease home ownership model has evolved dramatically. Land lease homes are now both manufactured off-site and “stick-built” on location and, at-a-glance, typically look no different than freehold homes. They generally cost 30 per cent less than a freehold home, which means a lower down payment, lower monthly mortgage payments and no land transfer taxes.

“Most residents in our retirement communities were looking to escape city-life, but still wanted an active social life and convenient access to amenities,” added Blair. “At Parkbridge, we offer services such as lawn maintenance and snow shoveling, which allow homeowners to focus on the important things during retirement – not house upkeep.”

Since 1998, Parkbridge has been building and operating residential and recreational communities, and currently owns and operates close to 115 communities across the country. Additional benefits of the Parkbridge land lease model include:


 

  • Invested partnership – Parkbridge stays, investing in communities alongside homeowners to ensure there is ongoing, thoughtful investment in community infrastructure, standards and amenities.

  • Vibrant communities – Parkbridge fosters vibrant, active communities by ensuring homeowners have access to well-maintained shared amenities and feel safe, proud and connected to the communities in which they live.
  • Quality and responsible development – Parkbridge offers a range of residential and recreational property options, which are built with a commitment to quality and environmentally-friendly features.
  • Attractive to municipalities – with a decline in the population residing outside large cities, Parkbridge offers growth and revenue opportunities for rural municipalities.

For more information on Parkbridge land lease communities visit www.parkbridge.com.


 

About Parkbridge:

Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. is Canada’s leading owner, operator and developer of residential land lease communities, recreational resorts and marinas. Widely recognized as the industry leader in Canada, Parkbridge owns and operates the land, amenities and infrastructure while residents own their dwelling. It is a business model that offers solid investment fundamentals, high-quality, attainable and well-located products and communities, which are geared toward Canada’s changing demographics. Parkbridge’s vision is to make residential and recreational communities attainable, exceptional and sustainable for Canadians to live, vacation and retire. www.parkbridge.com

For further information and interview inquiries please contact:

Pamela Bennett, Director, Corporate Communications
Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities
pbennett@parkbridge.com
1-705-794-5963

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2017 Twitter Party

PARKBRIDGE LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES TWITTER PARTY RULES

Eligibility

No purchase necessary. This contest is organized by Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities (Parkbridge) and LinkedMoms and is open to all Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Residents aged 18 and older. Winner must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). The contest excludes employees, representatives, agents, directors and officers of Parkbridge, and members of their families and the people with whom they are domiciled.

 

To Participate

To participate, you must follow @ParkbridgeLife and @LinkedMoms twitter handles. You must also answer a mathematical skill-testing question. (10 X 5) + (6 -3) = ? The contest begins on April 26th at 8 p.m. EST and ends on April 27th, 9 p.m. EST. By participating in the Twitter party and entering you agree that you have read and understood these Contest Rules.

 

Prizes

Four (4) prizes consisting of a 3 Night stay at a Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Resort – in this case Lakes of Wasaga(approximate value – $1,100) and 3 gift card prizes - $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) and a $50 (Canadian Visa Gift Card) will be awarded to winners. The prize must be accepted as awarded or forfeited and cannot be redeemed for credit.

 

The resort stay must be utilized by October 1st, 2017 and will be at a Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Resort called Lakes of Wasaga. Transportation and meals are not included, the stay cannot be exchanged for cash value and is non-transferable.

 

Winners will be contacted by direct message by Parkbridge no later than April 27th, 2017. If Parkbridge cannot get a hold of the winner within 7 days all of their rights and prizes are no longer valid.

Failure to comply with one or more of the conditions listed above or any other conditions specified in these rules, the selected entrant will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited. In such a case, Parkbridge may, in its sole discretion cancel the prize or make a new selection until an entrant is selected and declared winner of the prize.

 

General Conditions

This contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) only and is subject to applicable Canadian laws. Parkbridge is not responsible for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions that may limit or interfere with a participant’s ability to take part in the contest. Parkbridge reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud or technical failure threatens to destroy the integrity of the contest.

 

The contest is void in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and all applicable federal, provincial, territorial and municipal force in Canada.

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Félicitations aux gagnants du concours de photos 2016 de Parkbridge!

Le concours de photos 2016 de Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities est maintenant terminé et nous sommes heureux de dévoiler les gagnants!

Cette année, le concours était axé sur l’amour et la fierté de nos clients pour leur communauté. Nous avons été enchantés de recevoir plus de 200 photos qui ont réussi à immortaliser non seulement la beauté des lieux, mais également les expériences formidables vécues par ces gens qui font de nos communautés des endroits fabuleux!

D’innombrables occasions de photos se sont présentées au fil des saisons, que ce soit un kayak glissant sur l’eau, un coucher de soleil éblouissant, un chalet enneigé, un poisson pêché depuis le quai ou une famille à bord d’une voiturette de golf. Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir partager avec vous ces instants magiques qui tissent de délicieux souvenirs.

Merci à tous ceux qui ont pris le temps de participer au concours, qui ont saisi des instants précieux et qui nous les font partager!

Les photos gagnantes ont été soumises dans de nouvelles catégories établies cette année, soit :

  • Meilleure photo de famille et d’amis : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo de paysages : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo de groupes : 100 $
  • Meilleure photo, toutes catégories : 350 $

En plus de présenter les gagnants, nous vous avons préparé un diaporama des photos de nos finalistes

Meilleure photo de famille et d’amis: Pioneer Point Resort

Meilleure photo de groupes: Skyline Resort

Meilleure photo de paysages: Lonesome Pine Resort

Meilleure photo, toutes catégories: Parc La Conception Resort


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2016 Parkbridge Photo Contest Announcement

Congratulations to our 2016 Parkbridge Photo Contest Winners!

The 2016 Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities photo contest has drawn to a close and we are excited to announce the winners!

This year’s photo-contest focussed on our customer’s love and pride in their communities. We were delighted to receive over 200 entries which captured the scenic beauty and incredible adventures and activities of the people who make our communities great!

Photographic opportunities were endless this year from kayaks on the water, dazzling sunsets, snow-covered cottages, fishing off the docks and families on golf carts. We are thrilled to share these community moments with you and the memories that were made along the way.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest, capture and share your community moments!

Winners were selected in the following categories which are new for 2016:

• Top friends & family photo - $100
• Top landscape photo - $100
• Top group photo - $100
• Best photo overall - $350

In addition to showcasing the winners, we put together a slideshow of our finalist photos for you to enjoy!

Winning Friends & Family Photo: Pioneer Point

Winning Group Photo: Skyline Resort

Winning Landscape Photo: Lonesome Pine Resort

Winning Photo Overall: Parc La Conception Resort


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Maple taffy on snow during sugar shack period. In Ontario, Canada.

Sweeten up your Spring with local Maple Syrup Festivals

Finally, the snow is melted, birds are flocking in and the sweet aroma of maple syrup is filling the air.

What better way to celebrate the season than enjoying your local maple syrup festival!

Below you will find a list of festivities in Ontario featuring the best and most fresh maple syrup.

For a full list of Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario, click here.


Need a place to stay?

Our Parkbridge Resorts offer cottage rentals, cottage sales, and RV resort sites, all in the ultimate destinations, only a short distance away from Ontario's best maple syrup sugar bushes!

Click here to find your getaway.

Looking for your next home?
Why not a Parkbridge Community?

Our Parkbridge Active Adult Lifestyle Communities offer a place to call home, and your community, all within close range to Ontario's best maple syrup sugar bushes.

Click here to find your new home.


Sweetwater Harvest Festival
March 19 - 20

Wye Marsh | Celebrating it's 25th year, the Sweetwater Harvest Festival is the place where Canadian Tradition meets its unique Canadian landscape. Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage.

Yes there are sugar shack tours, pancakes and taffy tasting, but there is so much more to the weekend long festival.  There are birds of prey and reptile/amphibian talks; wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding.

Click here to visit website


Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
March 5 to April 3

Wye Marsh | Come celebrate maple syrup in four conservations surrounding the North GTA. 

• Bruce's Mill Conservation Area (Stoufville) | Click here
• Island Lake Conservation Area (Orangeville) | Click here 
• Kortright Centre for Conservation (Vaughan) | Click here
• Terra Cotta Conservation Area (Halton Hills) | Click here


Maple Syrup | Then and Now
March 26

Orillia Fairgrounds Famers' Market| The Simcoe County Museum will be onsite  at the market with maple syrup equipment and  demonstrations.  Valerie Scott from Sunshine City Chefs  will be on the market filming her show and making delicious  food from maple syrup and other market  ingredients.   A pancake breakfast will be  available for purchase, and donations for the Sharing Place  Orillia Food Bank will be gratefully received.  Free maple  flavoured cotton candy will be given away to the children,  and lots of good food and artisan products will be available.

Click here to visit website


Maple Weekend | Sweet Ontario
April 1 - 3

Various location in Simcoe | Simcoe Sugar Bushes are proud to put on their annual Maple Weekend, celebrating all things maple syrup - from horse drawn sleigh rides to pancakes and fresh maple taffy in snow.

See below for a list of locations:

• Desroches Family Sugar Camp | Click here
• Pefferlaw Creek Farms | Click here
• Shaw's Maple | Click here
• Williams Farm | Click here
• Windlee Farm | Click here


Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival
April 30

Elmvale | Enjoy the largest maple syrup celebration around! The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival celebrates all thing sugary and sweet. From local arts and crafts and various street vendors, to a log sawing competition and pancake eating contest - this weekend is jam packed with great events suitable for the entire family. Enjoy live entertainment, tours of local sugar bushes, a variety of traditional and unique takes on syrupy food and so much more. 

Click here to visit website


Annual Buckhorn Maplefest
March 19 - 20, 25 - 27

Buckhorn | For three weekends in a row, the annual Buckhorn Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm provides a fun family escape to enjoy live music, a petting farm, wool spinning, wagon rides, pancakes with the freshest maple syrup, and much more. 

Click here to visit website


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Family Day 2016 | Local Events

FamilyDay-Winter

 

Join in on the local festivities occurring this Family Day Weekend. From museums to fishing and winter carnivals, local towns surrounding your Park Bridge community have a lot of family excitement for all!

 

View some local family day events below:

 
 

Wasaga Beach
Snowman Mania
February 12- February 15

Every day is full of a variety of activities, including live entertainment, auctions, art shows, tobogganing, polar plunge and more.

Click here to learn more >

View resort accommodations >

Peterburough
Ice Fishing Day

February 13

Come and warm-up with hot chocolate, a free BBQ a day full of outdoor activities including an archery range, lure making, Fly Tying, casting challenges and more.

Click here to learn more >

Hockey Hall of Fame
February 15

Entertainment for the entire family. Kids under 13 get free admission including a free meal.

Click here to learn more >

 

Blue Mountain
Family Day 

February 13- February 15

Enjoy scavenger hunts, hot yoga, snowshoe hikes, entertainment, local attractions and much more.


Click here to learn more >

View resort accommodations >

Niagara Falls
Family Day at the Museum
February 15

Celebrate Family Day for free! Includes interactive reptile shows, craft making, scavenger hunts and history!

 

Click here to learn more >

Family Fishing Weekend
February 13-15

One of two weekends where families can fish without a license anywhere in Ontario.

Click here to learn more >

 
 

Do you know of other Family Day weekend festivities near you? Share with us below and we will add them to our list!

 

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Land Lease Myth Busters

life-lease

At Parkbridge we love being able to talk to customers about the concept of land lease and how it can help individuals who are thinking about purchasing a Parkbridge home.  Here are some common myths about the concept we think you might find interesting:

MYTH #1: Land Lease is too expensive.
MYTH BUSTED: Instead of having to finance a large mortgage for the home and the land your home sits on, you only finance the home. With a reasonable mortgage, you can use the money you will be saving for other things. After you’ve paid off the mortgage for your home, you will only have to pay for the land lease, which much more affordable than a high mortgage you will be paying for possibly the rest of your life. Purchasing a home in a leased land community enables you to own a home that you otherwise may not be able to afford.

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