Park model communities have monthly fees that covers common area utilities, salaries, security... note the guard shack at the end of the drive manned 24 hours a day during the season... street repair and other maintenance costs.
These costs can vary from around $200 a month to $800 a month... you would expect to pay more for a park model community that contains a golf course just as an example.
The 24 hour guard service, assures that only residents,guests and their invitees will be allowed entrance to the park... this security gives the residents peace of mind.
Perform your due diligence to make sure that the park model community that you choose has all the features that you desire but do not contain expensive extras that do not appeal to you.
This is the area outside the administration building in a typical park model living community.
Depending upon the size of the park, the staff can range from 3 to 4 to well over 50 employees... you will have maintenance workers, activity directors, bookkeepers, and managers.
Landscaping alone can employ many workers to keep the palm trees trimmed, and common area grass mowed... although you find more crushed rock in Arizona than you do grass.
You will be able to elect, from your fellow homeowners, members that represent the interests of the homeowners.
This gives the homeowners a voice in the services that they desire and are willing to pay for, and consequently the costs and expense of activities that they are not interested in maintaining.
They also are in charge of enforcing architectural covenants, that maintain the desired community feel that could affect your property values.
For instance, you wouldn't want to have someone, with a wrecked car up on cinderblocks in your community... that's where your homeowners Association, the standards committee, comes into play to ensure that everyone plays by the same set of rules.