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New chapter in growth

Eagle Pointe’s success an inspiration for those considering a future at Maris Grove

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October 23rd, 2012

When Eagle Pointe, the tenth residence building at Maris Grove, opened this summer, it generated excitement across campus and throughout the surrounding area. Eleanor Davis, who chairs the community s resident advisory council, calls it a vibrant new chapter in the growth of Maris Grove, Erickson Living s community in Delaware County, Pa. Eagle Pointe s 75 apartment homes, a mix of traditional and new open-concept styles, sold out almost immediately, Eleanor says. That was inspiring and a positive sign about the ability to sell your house and move to Maris Grove. We re meeting the demand of people in Delaware County for upscale yet affordable housing options, says Kimberly Janson, the community s sales counselor. Most everyone in the area can use the proceeds from their house sale for an entrance deposit on an apartment home at Maris Grove, Janson says.


People tell Janson that other communities can t compare to Maris Grove s maintenance-free living, flexible meal plans, and more than 175 groups and clubs. It s not surprising that while the national occupancy rate for senior housing is 88%, Maris Grove s 1,033 apartment homes are nearly 98% sold out. That statistic and Eagle Pointe s phenomenal success have led more people to join the community s priority list, says Janson. Being on the list guarantees them first right of refusal on an available apartment home based on the date they joined. It also can speed their move. Depending on their choice of apartment home, Janson says joining now could make it possible to sell their house and move in by year s end. That s because priority list members also receive the complimentary personalized assistance of Suzanne McAllister, Maris Grove s personal moving consultant. She shepherds them through every step of their move, from coordinating with approved real estate agents and other trusted service professionals to advice about furnishing their new home.

Finding just what she wanted

Liz and Hugh Murphy relied on McAllister s assistance for their move to Eagle Pointe. After listing their Wilmington, Del., townhouse in Trolley Square with one of McAllister s preferred real estate agents, it sold in three days. The Murphys had joined the priority list, but when they took a virtual tour of Eagle Pointe s apartment styles and Liz saw the spacious open-concept, two-bedroom Thurmont floor plan, she wanted it. I love kitchens, says Liz. The Thurmont s kitchen and great room are one big room. There s a warm and welcoming feel to that. Besides, it s fun to be in such a beautiful kitchen. I want to play in it. Liz says that open, expansive room designs are what people want today. She plans to quilt and paint in the kitchen/sunroom/great room that s the home s activity center but also considers the area a pleasant retreat. It s my place to just think, and it s our place to be together. Soon after their move, the Murphys took a nighttime campus stroll. It was wonderful, says Liz. I missed that sense of neighborhood when we lived in Trolley Square.