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Best of both worlds

Michigan couple divides time between Fox Run and Arizona

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January 30th, 2015
couple in their apartment

When you split your time between two homes, making decisions about your retirement living options is a bit more complex. But David and Rosalie Perry have found an ideal solution that enables them to best enjoy their time in Michigan, where most of their children and grandchildren live, as well as their winters in Arizona.

About four years ago, David and Rosalie moved to Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich. Previously, they lived in a large condo in Farmington. When they lived in Farmington, David says, preparing to leave for the winter was a big undertaking. 

“Before, we had to worry about leaving our home for a long period of time,” David says. “You need to have somebody checking on the place, and we had a place at the lake, so we had to drain all the [water]lines before we left.”

‘Lock the door and leave’

Now that they live at Fox Run, David says he and Rosalie simply “lock the door and leave” for Green Valley, Ariz., where they have been soaking up sunshine during the winter for the last 20 years. 

Fox Run is a gated community with 24-hour security, so residents have that added peace of mind when traveling. The community provides maintenance-free living: professional staff handles all chores like lawn care and snow removal. For snowbirds like the Perrys, that means no more hiring a winter caretaker or worrying about returning home in the spring to find a ruptured water pipe or a broken gutter. 

“Fox Run has several advantages for us. The biggest thing is that when you’re ready to leave, you don’t have to do much here. And you don’t have to worry about your place being left alone,” David says. “It’s a lot nicer to do it this way—there’s no problem leaving here for the winter.”

An ideal home base

As much as they love their warm winters in Arizona, David and Rosalie are enjoying summer and fall back in Michigan more than ever. They selected a handsome Lansing-style apartment home, which features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den, in addition to a generous living/dining area, and kitchen. The Perrys use their second bedroom as a guest room.

“The reason we got this unit is that it has a large den, so all of our books and our desks are in there,” David says.

Now that they live among about 1,000 other active retirees and no longer have to worry about home maintenance, the Perrys spend their leisure time having fun. 

David says he has a lot more free time to read, and Rosalie plays mah-jongg and bridge and joined Fox Run’s library committee. David says that one of the biggest benefits of living at Fox Run is dining with friends every night at the community’s on-site restaurants.

“We don’t get meals in Arizona, and my wife complains because she has to cook out there,” David says. “The main reason we moved [to Fox Run] is that she got sick of planning meals. Here, it’s like eating at a fancy restaurant every night. Our friends who come here for dinner think it’s a great place.”