Houston, Texas--Duane McCarthy spent 12 weeks remediating his flooded home in Houston's Fleetwood neighborhood after Hurricane Harvey swept through the area in August 2017.
"After I finished with the house, I spent a few days working in the yard," says McCarthy. "I planted flowers and got everything all fixed up. Then I went in the house, poured a glass of wine, and thought 'What's next?'"
McCarthy couldn't shake the feeling there had to be something more than keeping up a house and garden.
"I knew I was ready for something different, but I didn't know what it was," he says.
McCarthy started to explore his options. He looked at several senior living communities across Houston, taking note of each one's amenities and atmosphere.
"I noticed each place has a personality," he says. "Some suit you; some don't."
"I spoke with several Eagle's Trace residents before I made my decision, and their insight helped tremendously," says McCarthy. "I asked for their thoughts about the community, both positive and negative. Their responses were overwhelmingly positive. The only negative I heard, which is not really a negative, was, 'We wish we'd moved here sooner.'"
Best of all, Eagle's Trace is only a mile and a half from McCarthy's son, daughter-in-law, and four granddaughters.
"I want to be involved in the girls' day-to-day lives," says McCarthy. "Living so close to them allows me to be at their events and see them on a regular basis."
McCarthy worked with Sales Counselor Jodie Schroeder to choose an apartment home that fits his lifestyle. He opted for a two-bedroom ground floor Hastings floor plan with a patio.
"I like the fact that I can open the sliding glass doors and go outside on the patio with my cat Tuxedo," says McCarthy, who moved to Eagle's Trace in June 2018. "It's also nice to have the second bedroom to use as a home office."
McCarthy's apartment is just steps away from the community's Audubon Clubhouse, which houses the fitness center, swimming pool, medical center, bank, and convenience store.
"Everything I need is right outside my apartment," he says. "It's all so convenient."
An avid woodworker, McCarthy was also drawn to the community's fully-appointed woodshop.
"I still have some furniture pieces that sat in two feet of water and need to be restored," he says. "That's on my list to do now that I have more free time."
'Like living on a cruise ship'
In fact, McCarthy says one of the greatest perks of living at Eagle's Trace is the freedom from the chores of keeping up a home and garden.
"In terms of lifestyle, I'm spending more time doing things I enjoy," he says.
In the months since his move, McCarthy has attended some of the community's resident-led clubs and activities, including the wine club, the writer's group, and the finance group. He also works out in the fitness center and enjoys the opportunity to join other residents on day trips around Houston.
"It's like living on a cruise ship," says McCarthy. "The residents are friendly, the staff is attentive, and there's plenty to keep you busy."
For others like McCarthy, wondering if there's something else on the horizon, Sales Director Pam Burgeson says there's no need to wait if you're ready to make a move.
"This is the perfect time to move to Eagle's Trace and enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with a full complement of onsite amenities and services," says Burgeson. "There's no better place for a healthy, active, and financially-secure future."