CATONSVILLE, MD (May 11, 2015) -- They say two's company and three's a crowd, but for one multi-generational family living together in an apartment at Charlestown retirement community the arrangement is working.
Patricia (Pat) and John Gross -- along with Pat's mother, Rose Landis -- live together in an apartment that is actually two adjacent apartments that were reconstructed into one.
Pat, John, and Rose moved to Charlestown last September from a four-bedroom, two-story home they shared for more than 20 years. Empty nesters, John and Pat decided it was time to trade-in their oversized house.
"Our daughter was married and out of the house and it was too big for just my mom and us," says Pat. "We had a finished basement with a pool table, ping pong table, and a bar, but we never used any of it, it was just wasted space. Unlike our house, now we use every room in our apartment."
Pat and John were already familiar with Charlestown. Pat's late uncle lived at the community for nearly a decade. They sold their Linthicum Heights home and began planning their move to Charlestown nearly two years ago.
"Our apartment was still under construction, so we were able to alter and suit some things to our own taste like adding hardwood floors," says Pat. "We liked the idea that we could personalize our home.
There are two full bedrooms on opposite sides of the apartment, each with their own bath for plenty of privacy. The apartment has a living room, dining room, den, and an eat-in kitchen.
The trio has seemingly become one in their shared retirement life.
"We joined the fitness center, I started volunteering with the Charlestown Pastoral Office, and my mom plays poker every Wednesday evening," said Pat. " She will come home afterwards and I'll say, 'How did you do mom?'
"If she says she lost, I will ask her, 'How much?' And she will usually say something like, '57 cents.'
"I get a kick out of that. She has her independence back and my husband and I have free time to do what we want," said Pat. "It is a win-win situation."