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A birthday lift

The perks of life after 60

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January 25th, 2010

When Cathy Lawrence joined Charlestown s priority list in December 2007, the economy was strong and houses were selling like hotcakes. I was ready to move, but because of my age I couldn t yet get into Charlestown, says Lawrence, who just recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Since Charlestown and its sister community Oak Crest are communities for those 60 or better, getting on the priority list a group of people who have put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice was the best plan. While I was waiting, the real estate market bottomed out, and when I put my house on the market in February 2009, things were pretty bad with the economy. I was worried I wouldn t be able to sell my house and for the price I had hoped. As it turns out, all her worry was for naught. Lawrence sold her threebedroom, two-bath Arbutus townhouse for close to the asking price in less than three months, thanks to help from Charlestown s Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard. It happened quicker than I thought it would, says Lawrence. Vera was great. She gave me a threering notebook that had names and contact information for all the services I needed. I used a Realtor Vera recommended and was extremely pleased. I also used the moving and packing services she suggested they were wonderful. That s something that I would have never been able to do all by myself.

Modest changes

Over the 30 years she lived there, Lawrence says she kept up with the maintenance on her house, so she didn t have to contend with any major repairs. But she did elect to invest in a few modest updates to modernize the house before listing it. I hired my brother to come in and change out the faucets and replace the front door, she says. I also had the interior of the house painted and replaced the carpet. Lawrence, who still works full time for the Social Security Administration, decided to move to her new Charlestown apartment home before she placed her house on the market. I m glad I did it that way, she says. I didn t have to worry about always keeping the house spotless and super clean. It really made things easy.

No more worries

Lawrence has been settling into her two-bedroom apartment home and says she is enjoying her new worry-free lifestyle. I love my apartment! I ve got a wonderful view, says Lawrence. I don t have to worry about shoveling snow or doing yard work. But really the best part of living at Charlestown has been the people. It s nice to be able to simply walk down the hall and socialize with people who are friendly. Even the employees bend over backwards to be happy and helpful. It s been just wonderful!