Reasons to Love HP Life

Reasons to Love HP Life

Inspired by David Letterman’s decision to “consciously unhost” his late night talk show after three decades of frivolous fun; we guess at his “Top 10 Reasons WHY?…. HP decided to create it’s own Top 10 Reasons for livings the CO-OP Life:

1 More than one million people around the country and at Holliday Park in Westland, Michigan, are living in and loving their cooperative and its no maintenance “Unencumbered” affordable lifestyle.

2 You’ll find our co-op has a unique mix of wise, frugal, hands on and friendly members working in concert in a volunteer capacity to effectively keep costs low.

3 Doing a “Drive By” round the circle from Fountain Blvd down Spring Valley Drive, here, reveals the safety, beauty and tranquility which is available at this centrally located, well maintained and serene destination.

4 A quick numbers crunch of costs for the unit style you choose (one of seven) substantiates the economical bottom line you’re looking for in today’s unpredictable housing market.

5 Sociability is a huge factor. If you love parties, travel, swimming, picnicking, golf, tennis, gardening and so much more, you find it just outside your door.

6 Finding the “Consummate Cohorts” is a very viable possibility here. Members who mingle, travel and volunteer, easily build valuable relationships with genuine, interesting, trustworthy and caring peers who enrich their lives.

7 You won’t find yourself “Under-water with Indebtedness”! Holliday Park is mortgage-free, with a well maintained infrastructure, consistently low carrying charges, an on-site maintenance team and a frugal Board of Directors.

8 Your VOTE counts annual elections held to select Board of Directors who do the decision making that keeps the cooperative fiscally and physically sound. Voting is your voice in making these decisions and you are encouraged to run for the Board and share your unique talents if you wish.

9 “Penny Pounding” for a priceless result by incorporating a “pay as you go” philosophy has been and is the foundation for the continued success of this cooperative. All policies and procedures currently in place were honed by the stellar leadership of many Board Members during over nearly 40 years of practical application.

10 People discover Holliday Park, move in and make it their sanctuary…with many amenities. They value being “landlord free” and “mortgage-free” and they soon “Love Livin’ Here!”     **See us on Facebook or Saturday Greeters here at Holliday Park!


Recently, I went with four other Holliday Park members to make a presentation about living in our co-op. I rode with one member while the other three went together. I have a very poor sense of direction. It is so bad that one of my sons when asked if he wants to go somewhere with me will say, “Why, so I can show you how to get there”. So it was no surprise that despite having a MapQuest printout, we discovered at one point that we were going in the wrong direction. Thank goodness we had not gone far and we had allowed a good amount of time to get there, so we were not late.

We were all a little apprehensive about speaking in front of what we had heard would be about 200 people. None of us were public speakers. We were just a group of Holliday Park members who want to get the word out about our cooperative.

Upon arrival, we met up with the other members and were shown where we should sit. Coffee and donuts were offered and we settled in to listen to the group conduct the business portion of their meeting. Then we were on. As one of the members spoke on Holliday Park, and played the DVD that shows scenes of the grounds, as well as the inside of all different units, the rest of us passed out brochures.

Our nervousness quickly disappeared because everyone was very receptive to us and many people came up to our table, after the talk, to pick up a copy of the free DVD and the applications for membership. Several wanted to know how long the waiting list was (a couple of months to a year depending on the unit you want) and did the low monthly carrying charge include all maintenance. When we answered that it did and it also included the heat, they were even more interested in cooperative living.

One woman approached us to pick up a DVD and an application for membership for her daughter who is a firefighter and thinking of buying a house. She told us that she was sure her daughter would be very interested in Holliday Park because it would free her of the maintenance that home ownership would give her. As a single woman, and a firefighter with long hours, being freed from grass cutting, and all the other responsibilities of owning a home would be very attractive.

Another person was very interested for her mother who wanted to give up her home now that all her children were gone. She didn’t want to live in an apartment because she wanted to keep some of the features of having a home. Well, I was very happy to let her know that her mother would have her own entrance, a full basement, and could decorate her unit the way she wanted. She could even have a garden with flowers or vegetables or both.

Talking about Holliday Park to people or groups is very easy. Members like recruiting others, because when you know that what you have is a great thing, it’s natural to want to share. Living is  mostly maintenance free, except for keeping your porch and the sidewalk to your unit snow free in winter; and raking leaves if you have  planted or accepted responsibility for a tree near your unit. YOU are also landlord free, with a paid-off mortgage, which is something we are very proud of.   So we say, “Come and join us!”