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Good friends, good food, good retirement

Woodcarver pursues his passion and more at Bucks County community

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March 28th, 2014
Ann’s Choice resident Matt Hill shapes a wood carving of Mickey Mouse.
Ann’s Choice resident Matt Hill shapes a wood

For Matt Hill, deciding to move from Pineville, Pa., to an Erickson Living community in Bucks County, came easily. “ Choice offers more for less money,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about anything here, and it’s so well run.”

After eight years of climbing poles as a telephone company lineman and even more years of playing baseball, “my knees aren’t the greatest,” says Matt. So he relishes the one-level, maintenance-free lifestyle at Ann’s Choice.

Time to pursue his passion

Matt and his brother Paul, who also lives at Ann’s Choice, belong to the ROMEOS (Retired Outstanding Men Enjoying Ourselves). But Matt spends much of his time at the campus woodshop. 

He enjoys the challenge of carving wood figures, and this January displayed his work at Keystone Clubhouse’s creative arts studio.

His attention to detail held viewers’ attention. For example, Matt’s Old West barroom scene, roughly six inches high, features four cowboys playing poker, their cards in hand, and six-shooters on the table.

He spent a year carving a diminutive Snow White and her even smaller dwarves.

The exhibit included such diverse subjects as an Old World Santa, Mickey Mouse at bat in a Phillies uniform, and a snarling leopard—Matt’s favorite. 

He doesn’t sell his woodcarvings, but he’s given away a number of the eccentric faces he painstakingly carves from golf balls.  

The woodshop is his hangout. “I like to join the fellas,” he says. “There’s a lot of talent there.” 

He and a woodshop buddy have lunch together every day at Banners Café on campus, and every Wednesday he goes out to breakfast with four friends from his old neighborhood. 

“Having good friends means everything,” he says.


Why join the priority list?

When Diana Bowen moved to Ann’s Choice in 2004, the community had recently opened. When Matt Hill arrived in 2008, it was home to three neighborhoods and 2,000 people. 

Now Ann’s Choice is consistently 98% sold out. But its priority list members can move in a timely fashion. 

The priority list, comprised of people who plan to move to an Erickson Living community like Ann’s Choice, allows prospective residents to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150 per person nonrefundable application fee.

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date.