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Different strokes for different folks

But the desired place to live is Wind Crest!

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October 23rd, 2012

Grandkids and sunshine brought us to Colorado, says Sue Lillie. She and her husband John lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., but upon visiting their grandchildren in 2006, they were introduced to Wind Crest and the Erickson Living lifestyle. They joined the priority list and planned to move in five years. But each time they visited Wind Crest, their timeframe for moving there shortened by a year. As part of his original five-year plan, John did extensive renovations on their 1920s home of 35 years. The renovations were aimed at making the first years of retirement easy, John says, and then my wife playfully said, The renovations are perfect for putting the house on the market! Since the Lillies lived out of state, they weren t able to attend many events at Wind Crest, but that didn t keep them from getting to know the community. They discussed their needs and preferences with Sales Counselor Molly Thorne-Dhieux, so she knew exactly what they wanted. When their spot on the priority list came up to be offered their preferred style home, Thorne-Dhieux called them. They were on a fishing trip in Alberta, Canada, and hadn t yet decided which Lancaster model they wanted. But all of the Lancasters had been taken. Then Thorne-Dhieux offered an alternative. Molly suggested the Washington floor plan because she knew from talking to us what we wanted in terms of view, light, and design, John says. She knew what we wanted better than we did. Thorne-Dhieux faxed them the floor plan, and within 20 minutes sight unseen they said yes. Had they not been on the priority list, they would have missed the opportunity.

Perfect timing

Ginny and Jim Murphy agree that moving to Wind Crest was meant to be. Two of the first residents to move to the community, the Murphys joined the priority list in 2005 before any buildings had ever been constructed. Jim had visited Fox Run, the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., while at a business conference to investigate the lifestyle, and what he saw intrigued him. He called Ginny within an hour and told her they had to join the priority list. It paid off. We were in line for a ride at Disneyland when Molly called us to let us know it was our time [to move if we wanted to], Jim says. Now the Murphys are resident ambassadors on the welcoming committee, and they encourage people to join the priority list as soon as possible. Oftentimes, people ahead of you on the list want a different apartment style, a different location, or just aren t ready to move yet. So even if 400 people are ahead of you, your apartment home could be ready any day, Jim explains. He stresses that the priority list is all about timing, and it doesn t matter where you are on the list; just getting on it provides you with opportunities not available to the general public. Be ready to move, Jim stresses, and be ready for the time of your life!