An estimated 160,000 people in England live inresidential park homes. And with aspirational locations and like-minded communities, it’s no wonder why!

You might be wondering if these sites are only for people who have retired. But while the beautiful scenery, amazing sense of community, and laidback lifestyle attracts many retirees, residential park homesaren’t solely for those that have retired. They’re ideal for people over 50 looking for a relaxed lifestyle, change of scene or moving back from abroad.

And if you’re looking for residential park homes in Yorkshire, then Gateforth Park could be just the spot for you!

However, as with any big purchase, it’s always important to weigh up the pros and cons to know if it’s an investment that you want to make.  So without further ado, here are some pros and cons to residential park homes.


Value for money

Residential park homes are often less expensive than brick and mortar houses in similar locations. Residential park homes are also well insulated and often easier to heat than a house, which could help to make utility bills lower.

Relaxed lifestyle

If you choose one of our residential park homes in Yorkshire, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful, tranquil views, ideal for an outdoor lifestyle.

Personalise your home

If you are ordering your park home, you will have the chance to add those special touches to make it your perfect home. But if you prefer to see what you can have with your own eyes  the manufacturers and developments like Gateforth Park will often have a selection of homes to view.


Many residential parks are managed and are often gated communities. There’s nothing more important than peace of mind that you and your home are safe and secure.

Sense of community

You could live in a private garden village of like-minded, friendly people.


This is always a significant factor when choosing your new home, and our residential park homes in Yorkshire are perfectly situated. You’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep.

With Gateforth Park, you’ll be rural enough to embrace the tranquil countryside but close enough to dynamic cities and international airports to benefit from urban facilities.



Park homes are compact and will probably have less space and storage than you’re used to. This might not be a problem at all if this is a second home, or acting as a base in the UK. However, for those that have accumulated a lot of possessions over the years, space might be an issue.


Even though you will own the park home itself, you won’t own the land it stands on. Lenders can’t give out loans for properties without a formal legal title at the land register, so you can’t get a mortgage.

Regular maintenance

Typically, you’ll be required to do general maintenance such as painting the external walls every three to five years (although composite style cladding is lower maintenance and is available on the homes at Gateforth Park), keeping the roof in good condition, and making sure the gutters and air vents are clear.

Not much to be living in beautiful surroundings, though! If you can’t carry these out, or just want to relax, you can always get someone else to take care of it.

Beautiful residential park homes in Yorkshire

Do the pros outweigh the cons for you? If you’d like to find out more about over 50s residential park living in one of the best residential park homes in Yorkshire, then get in touch with Gateforth today.

We will be more than happy to help you find your dream home.