Labelle luxury park wants to change the perception of living in an RV

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson
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High rent in Lee County has more people considering downsizing. But what is under construction at a new community near Labelle may not be like anything we have here in Southwest Florida.

“We started this about 15 years ago and the nicest people you could ever meet,” Katie Adams said, “you travel all over the country.”

Instead of taking their motor coach on the road during the colder months, Katie and Walter Adams are now choosing to stay more in the countryside of Southwest Florida where parts of this largely rural area is a little slice of luxury.

”This is taking it up another level,” Walter said.

The new community, called River Landings,  looks more like a country club than an RV Park. Rick Smith, the developer, said it is exactly what Southwest Florida was missing.

”We’re a class A motor coach resort here with a spin, so you basically have your couch,” Rick said, “and then you have a nice couch house here.”

The idea is when it gets cold up north and friends and family want to visit, they could just stay in the guest house.

“You take the inside living to the outside living,” Rick said. “Of course you have your pool, which are saltwater therapy pools heated to 95 degrees and of course we have the river. We have a private island.”

With all the new communities and homes that keep popping up in the rest of Lee County, those that live here like the Adams said the luxurious price is worth it.

“It’s quiet,” Katie said. “It’s really kind of nice and quiet where you can get away from it. But it’s close enough that you want the activity you can get the activities.”

Some said having a mobile park like this could even grow this part of the county.

”I think it will make it more attractive,” Walter said. “I think and encourage the development in this area.”

But others that stay here for the peace and quiet are crossing their fingers that does not happen. River Landings has attracted many snowbirds so far and it is near full occupancy.

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