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On the path to Willow Ridge

Long-time friends make their move to Highland Springs

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February 23rd, 2015
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The Pathfinders Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church Richardson will soon have to update their class roster.

Three couples, all members of the class, are moving to Springs this spring when the North Dallas community opens its newest residence building, Willow Ridge.

“The nucleus of the Pathfinders class has been together since our children were little,” says Sallie Loop, who’s moving to Willow Ridge with her husband Nowell. “We’ve watched our children and grandchildren grow up. We treasure the companionship of these friends we’ve known a long time.”

Nowell and Sallie, along with Forrest and Ann Green and John and Carolyn Wiley, have all reserved apartments on the second floor of Willow Ridge.

“We’ll be among friends who are like family,” says Ann. “It will be a ball.”

Planning ahead

At the moment, all three couples are preparing to list their homes. And while they’re all headed to the same community, each has their own reasons for moving.

Sallie and Nowell joined the priority list at Highland Springs five years ago. They knew they wouldn’t stay in their “bigger than they need” house forever.

“We want to move while we’re still in good health,” says Sallie. “We like the idea of locking our door and going off for several weeks without worrying about the house.”

Underground parking and a generously sized apartment were on the couple’s must-have list. They considered several floor plans before reserving a Somerton, a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a den, dining room, and screened-in porch.

“When we heard Highland Springs was breaking ground on a new residence building with underground parking, we were eager to take a look,” says Sallie. “The floor plans in Willow Ridge have thoughtful design details. I’m excited to have a full-sized laundry room and a second living area.”

So long, home maintenance

John and Carolyn Wiley are ready to say good-bye to the maintenance chores associated with their home of 19 years.

“I’ve been considering a move for a while, but John wasn’t quite ready,” says Carolyn. “As the chores around the house started to pile up, he decided the time was right to move.”

The couple reserved a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a den and screened-in porch.

“I’m excited about the amenities like the swimming pool and fitness center,” says Carolyn. “I also like the idea of having the continuing care neighborhood on-site. Everything we need is right there.”

Abundant activities

Ann Green says she is Highland Springs’ biggest cheerleader.

“I compared retirement communities all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex,” she says. “Highland Springs has everything we need under one roof. And there are more than 100 activities and clubs to choose from.”

Ann and Forrest selected a two-bedroom, two-bath Wellington-style apartment with a sunroom. The couple wanted an abundance of natural light, and the Wellington has 19 windows.

“Highland Springs is already starting to feel like home,” says Ann. “When my hairdresser moved to Virginia in April 2014, I made a standing weekly appointment in the salon at Highland Springs. I’ve been going to the community to get my hair fixed every week for nearly a year.”

‘In good company’

All three couples say they are excited about spending time with old friends and making new friends once they settle into their new homes.

“I’m fond of everyone I know at Highland Springs,” says Sallie. “We’ll be in good company.”