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Passport to possibilities

Priority list provides peace of mind, new opportunities

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June 25th, 2013

While it is true that joining the Ashby Ponds priority list is the best way to ensure a future at Loudoun County s most sought-after community, it is also the secret to receiving some of the most exclusive invitations in town. Our goal is to help our priority list members not only plan for their future, but to provide them with special opportunities to celebrate with the people who will someday be their neighbors, says Holly Henderson, Ashby Ponds director of sales.

First things, first

Acting as a waiting list, the Ashby Ponds priority list allows members to reserve their space in line for the apartment home of their choice without having any time constraints placed on their decision-making process. For instance, if an apartment home becomes available before someone is ready to move, he or she can pass on the apartment with no penalties. This is as true the first time as it is the twentieth time. My husband Frank and I found that the primary benefit of the priority list was that our position in line was locked while we made our decision, says Ashby Ponds community member Natalie Margiotta. And that s true whether you make your decision in five days, five years, or longer. And, if circumstances or desires change, members may move their priority list standing from one Erickson Living community to another. Or, if at any time they decide to remove themselves from the priority list, Erickson Living will refund their entire $1,000 deposit to join the list. We were originally on the priority list at Greenspring, says Harriet Hunt, who moved to Ashby Ponds with her husband Donald in 2010. We even went with a friend to an informational luncheon before we turned 62. When we learned about Ashby Ponds, we followed the news closely in theErickson Tribune, and transferred our priority list membership. While on the priority list, members enjoy numerous opportunities to visit Ashby Ponds, meet the people who live and work there, and ask important questions. They are also invited to exciting members-only events carefully planned to enable members to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. During their time as members of the priority list, Tom and Julia Ferguson were invited to many of these members-only events. We enjoyed the ability to attend events with other people who were also moving to Ashby Ponds, says Tom. We quickly discovered the variety of expertise and experiences everyone has. It s amazing. This past May, priority list members who had either just reserved a home or had recently moved in, were invited to a Cinco de Mayo party complete with a mariachi band and a Mexican food buffet. Resident ambassadors were also invited to share their experiences with the attendees.

Exclusive opportunities

All priority list members are invited to exclusive events where they enjoy sneak peeks into the newest additions on campus, including new residence buildings. Prior to the opening last year of Red Robin View residence building, priority list members had the first opportunity to reserve one of the new apartment homes there. While on the priority list, Wallace and Kathleen Russell enjoyed their first look at Red Robin View so much that they were one of the first couples to reserve their home in the new building. We are so happy we made the move, says Wallace. In the short time we ve been here we enjoy Ashby Ponds very much. Everyone is so friendly, and there are so many things to do. Priority list members also enjoy invitations to a variety of seminars designed to make their eventual move as smooth and stress-free as possible. These seminars provide information on downsizing, choosing a real estate agent, and antique appraisal. I attended many functions at Ashby Ponds prior to my March 2012 move, says Rudolph Kimiecik. If a resource was offered to help make my move an easy one, I used it. Believe me, I was not disappointed. And sometimes priority list members just want to kick back and have fun. Each year, priority list members receive invitations to an outing to a local vineyard. Plans are currently under way for a similar event this coming October. Previous trips have included visits to Sunset Hills and Hillsborough wineries in nearby Middleburg, Va. Rounding out a year of activity is the annual holiday champagne luncheon. Priority list members enjoy an upscale menu, including filet mignon and seafood Newburg, as well as entertainment from a local high school jazz choir.