Residential land lease is growing in popularity in Canada and it’s easy to understand why. It allows people to buy a home without purchasing the land, making it a more affordable homeownership option.
The Parkbridge community of The Villas at Wasaga Meadows in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, has recently sold out of new homes. It’s a highly appealing area that stands out for its convenient location, access to amenities at nearby Country Life Resort – including indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds, mini golf, and tennis and pickle ball courts — and affordable, but stunning home models.
The experience of buying a newly built home and settling into a Parkbridge land lease community is quite a bit different than purchasing a freehold home from a developer. A big difference is that Parkbridge residents have ongoing access to dedicated employees who can help answer questions and assist with any issues. A team will remain on site to manage the community, and Parkbridge, as owner-operator continues to invest in the community to maintain long-term sustainability and enjoyment.
We recently checked in with some new homeowners at The Villas to find out more about their post-purchase experience with Parkbridge. Here are some of the main benefits they have found valuable:
A Parkbridge Welcome Package
Once residents are in a new Parkbridge home, they’re given a Welcome Package that includes helpful information for living in the community. There will be a Welcome Letter from the community manager, as well as a comprehensive Homeowner’s Guide that has info on just about everything you need to know about living in the community. You will also receive a copy of your Tarion home warranty.
When residents sign their land lease agreement, they are encouraged to get in touch with community office staff to ask any questions they may have.
The Villas’ Homeowner Joanne Scruton says she found the staff to be “friendly, helpful and very informed” when they were looking to arrange a screened-in sunroom.
For new home warranty related questions, Parkbridge has an in-house warranty team who have the specific knowledge and expertise to assist.
Community Newsletters and Updates
Newsletters are one way we help residents keep in touch with what’s going on in the community. They’re sent out regularly and provide updates on topics like the state of construction and/or sales, warranty contacts and information, community maintenance and operations, and upcoming townhalls or social events like community BBQs.
Ivan Kroslak, who recently moved up from the GTA, says he been very happy with the feeling of being safe in the Parkbridge community during the COVID-19 pandemic. He especially welcomes our newsletter, which he finds “helpful and informative.”
Ongoing Support to Homeowners
If a resident doesn’t understand their water bill, has a question about monthly payments, or needs general information about the community or their land lease, our community teams are available to support. Often a quick phone call to the community office is all that’s needed to get the appropriate assistance.
Parkbridge also has an after-hours phone line in the event of emergencies that require immediate attention.
Pamela Wright, Regional Manager for Parkbridge’s central west Ontario properties, says that living in a Parkbridge community is a special experience that starts and ends with the people.
“People may not remember what you said to them, but they will remember how you treated them,” she says. “Here at Parkbridge, we pride ourselves in providing quality service to our homeowners.”