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Mesa couple makes new home in the mountains

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October 26th, 2010

Over the last 47 years, Arizona natives Lawrence and Eleen Carr built and sold numerous houses. So when they decided to sell their four-year-old, 3,000-square-foot Mesa home and move over 800 miles northeast to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., the whole moving process was practically old hat. We first discovered Wind Crest while traveling across country in our RV, says Mrs. Carr. We traveled all over the U.S., as well as Mexico and Canada. Somewhere along the line Larry picked up an Erickson Tribune newspaper and filed it away. Months later while visiting family in Highlands Ranch, the Carrs decided to tour nearby Wind Crest. After one visit, the couple had no doubt that s where they wanted to be.

No comparison

We were attracted to the natural beauty of the community and the friendliness of the people, says Mrs. Carr. We checked out a lot of places eight in all and they just didn t compare. The Carrs told their children about Wind Crest, then joined the Wind Crest priority list. When the time was right, they contacted Retirement Counselor Molly ThornDhieux, who helped them select their new apartment home. Thorne-Dhieux also introduced them to Wind Crest s personal moving consultant and Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program through which new residents can access a suite of services to assist them in selling their houses and beginning their new life at anErickson Livingcommunity. The personal moving consultatnt came to our house in Mesa and told us what she could offer us in terms of help with selling and moving, says Carr. She provided us with a list of services, including real estate agents, movers, and other useful resources, says Carr. Larry had dabbled in real estate years ago, so he knew what needed to be done as far as decluttering. And the house was almost new, so there really wasn t much to do as far as repairs and getting it ready to sell. The couple hired a long-time acquaintance and friend of the family who was familiar with the Mesa market to sell their four-bedroom, two-bath home. Four months later, they put a for sale sign in the front yard. We were pleased when the house sold. I think it took a reasonable amount of time considering it was a custom home, says Mrs. Carr. We had been to the apartment home several times before we moved, so we had a good idea of what would fit and what wouldn t, she adds. Our son drove the rental truck from Arizona to Colorado, and when we got here, Wind Crest had arranged for the movers to unload the truck and unpack everything. It all went smoothly.

All settled in

November marks the couple s one-year anniversary at Wind Crest. They say they love their new two-bedroom, two-bath home and have enjoyed living at Wind Crest from the get-go. We have such a great view from our apartment, says Mrs. Carr. We can see the Denver skyline and in the winter we can see the snow on the mountain tops. We love the wide open spaces around us and the miles of walking trails. Everywhere you look, the view is beautiful!