Tasting Erickson before making it home

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June 22nd, 2010

Long before Retha Clark first laid eyes on her current home at Brooksby Village, she tried the community s food. [caption id="attachment_12895" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Retha Clark enjoys the brightness of her Brighton-style apartment home at Brooksby Village. (Photo by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"][/caption] Clark was living in Ohio but visited a close friend at Oak Crest, an Erickson community in Maryland. I knew eventually I was going to come here, Clark says from the living room of her Brighton-style apartment home at Brooksby. While at Oak Crest, Clark got a taste of the restaurants and atmosphere characteristic of all 19 Erickson communities. About six months after her visit to Oak Crest, Clark moved from her condominium in Ohio. She arrived just in time for Brooksby s annual lobster bake. I thought I d died and gone to heaven, Clark says.

Local help

Despite moving from out of state, Clark says she had plenty of support from theBrooksbystaff. The people were so helpful everything was done by phone, Clark says of the sales process. They sent me all kinds of information that was helpful. [caption id="attachment_12897" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Retha Clark s kitchen doubles as a space for keeping up with correspondence on her laptop computer. (Photos by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"][/caption] Personal Moving Consultant Ellen Meehan typically visits the houses of those considering a move toBrooksbyto help them determine what will fit in their new apartment home based on the floor plan they chose. But with help from theBrooksby-provided materials and her own creativity, Clark found a way to fit everything comfortably and immaculately in her one-bedroom Brighton apartment home. I m so happy with it it s bright and facing the courtyard, she says of her space. Her living room pieces include a drop leaf table that belonged to her grandmother and a clock made by her uncle. Meanwhile, she has transformed her linen closet into a haven for her shoes, and her kitchen doubles as an office space.

Neighbors as friends

Outside her door, Clark has the friendly camaraderie of the women on her floor, all of whom moved in about the same time. On one recent day, Clark opened her door to find a basket of treats one of her neighbors had left for her. They ve all been just wonderful, Clark says. Of her last home she adds, I saw so many people isolated in the condo community my heart bled for them. Quickly connected atBrooksby, Clark has joined the community s afghan knitting group and table tennis club, and she s learning to play billiards. If anybody is bored here, she says, it s their own fault. While in her apartment home, Clark also keeps in touch with friends back in Ohio and compares notes with her old friend who lives atOak Crest. Most recently, Clark was doing her best to encourage one of her friends to visit Brooksby this summer for a taste of the real thing.