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‘Once we saw Wind Crest’…

Couple chooses amenity-rich lifestyle, closeness to family

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February 21st, 2012

Trudy and Russ Kriese moved to Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., for several reasons, the biggest one being they wanted to be in close proximity to their son and his family. Once we saw Wind Crest, we stopped looking, Trudy says. The amenities of the campus fit the Krieses lifestyle the pool and experts in the fitness center for her, and the Highline Canal and other hiking trails for him and the care and attention they got by using the Erickson Realty and Moving Services validated that they had made the right choice. Beth Brandenburg, Wind Crest s personal moving consultant, met the Krieses at their door and did everything from referring real estate agents and movers to planning and laying out the furniture in their new space. The couple chose the Wentworth floor plan because it had two bedrooms and a den, and each having their own space was a must. Trudy needed a place for her sewing machine and her computer, while Russ wanted a space for his big screen TV, sports memorabilia, and photography equipment. The additional den was that last little bit that made us choose, Trudy said. The Krieses chose a real estate agent from Erickson Living s preferred vendor list. He knew the market and strategies to use to get the house sold, which he did in five weeks, Russ says. And that was during the height of the holiday season.

Hidden treasures

Though the Krieses downsized based on the layout Brandenburg had given them, they still found they had packed too much stuff. That s when they discovered the Treasure Chest, Wind Crest s resident-run second-hand store whose proceeds benefit charity funds and campus activities. When Trudy noticed that one of the knobs on her dresser was broken, instead of going somewhere off campus to have it repaired, she and Russ were referred to the on-site wood shop, where she was able to get three matching nobs for the dresser. We were over the moon that we didn t have to send it off to make the repairs, Trudy says. The Krieses never thought they d be able to sell their house and settle in so close to the holidays, but everything seemed to fall into place from the moment they made the decision to move. The only thing they had to adjust to was deciding when to take that hike and swim.