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Morning sun and an eat-in kitchen

Jackson floor plan fills couple’s home with light

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April 23rd, 2013

When Donna and Tom Shaw decided to move from their four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in Wilmington, Del., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living s community in Delaware County, Pa., they wanted an extra-large home with a patio. Then we realized that what we really wanted was a corner location so we d have lots of light, says Tom. They found it in a Jackson-style home a two-bedroom, two-bath corner floor plan that comfortably fit their budget.

Sunny glow

We are definitely happy with it, says Donna. Large windows on two walls of their spacious eat-in kitchen, one window each in the master and second bedrooms, and a bay window plus a side window in the great room guarantee abundant light. During breakfast each day, they enjoy morning sun and a courtyard view at the same dinette set and under the same chandelier that made their Wilmington kitchen so inviting. And after some customization in the form of more rollout shelves in the pantry and base cabinets, Donna had just the kitchen she wanted. The Shaws second bedroom got the custom treatment, too. A desk and shelves built into the alcove between the room s two closets transformed it into a computer and music room, When Tom logs off the computer, he can settle back, put up his feet, and listen to a favorite CD.

Priority makes perfect

The Shaws joined Maris Grove s priority list in 2006 before the community was even under construction. Joining the list gave them the right of first refusal on an available apartment home based on their priority list date. When they decided to move three years later, Maris Grove was building its second neighborhood and a number of apartment homes, still under construction, were available. The Shaws early priority list date put them high on the calling list. They sold their house and moved in September 2009, in time to avoid six weeks of raking oak leaves and ahead of shoveling a winter s worth of snow. Now they live maintenance-free and spend their time doing what they want, like belonging to Maris Grove s Penn State club, growing tomatoes and zinnias in their community garden space, and attending simulcasts of classical music concerts in Maris Grove s Cardinal Theater. They like everything about their lifestyle, especially the price. Compared to retirement communities in Wilmington, says Donna, This was by far the best choice financially.