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Perfect plan

Priority list status puts couple in prime position

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November 25th, 2015
Bill Moore and Sharon Fredrick have traveled extensively and look forward to meeting fellow travelers at Wind Crest.
Wind Crest residents Bill Moore & Sharon Fredrick

Bill Moore and Sharon Fredrick planned ahead. And it paid off. 

The couple joined Wind Crest’s priority list in 2007 when the community was just beginning construction. In the eight years they’ve been on the priority list, they’ve researched several continuing care retirement communities in the area. “Wind Crest is the best option,” Bill says.  

Sharon says they chose the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., for its active lifestyle, amenities, continuing care, and overall environment. “It’s a classy place and obviously very well run,” Bill adds. 

An obvious choice

The priority list requires a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150 nonrefundable per-person application fee, which holds your place in line for the apartment home that matches your preferences, based on the date you join. 

When Wind Crest announced it would be building The High Line Overlook, Bill and Sharon decided to take advantage of their priority list standing and move at a time when they can still enjoy all Wind Crest has to offer. They like the location and convenience of The High Line Overlook, which combines 30 new maintenance-free apartment homes with community space and amenities. 

Because they had joined the priority list early, Bill and Sharon had first dibs on the apartment home of their choice. They chose the Morrison, a large two-bedroom, two-bath corner home with expanded great room. Views look out over the neighboring Highlands Ranch golf course’s rolling greens as well as toward the foothills and mountaintops beyond. 

Amenities everywhere

Both Bill and Sharon enjoy playing golf, so the neighboring golf course is an added benefit among myriad other on-site amenities. They anticipate staying fit in the building’s fitness center, which complements two other campus fitness centers with equipment, free weights, and space for group exercise classes. 

Aside from the fitness center, The High Line Overlook adds the 230-seat Arts and Enrichment Center with a stage and theater seating on the terrace level. 

The arts and enrichment center also houses the community’s TV studio, where residents are able to assist in television show production—a staple at other Erickson Living communities. 

The large Red Rocks Catering Room, also on the terrace level of High Line Overlook, adds space for private parties, events, and meetings. 

Opposite the catering room, Burton’s Steakhouse serves residents from all over the community. 

Above the arts and enrichment center, the High Line Terrace Courtyard provides beautiful views of the mountains and adds a delightful outdoor venue for parties and events, such as neighborhood happy hours. 

All spaces were designed with an active lifestyle in mind, and personnel resources support residents in starting and maintaining groups and clubs. That was a real draw for Sharon and Bill. 

“Wind Crest has the amenities and activities that we both would like to be involved in. And the fact that we can choose to be involved or not is positive,” says Sharon, a retired elementary school teacher.

Both avid readers, they’ll surely visit the well-stocked on-site library often. And Sharon’s had her eye on the High Line Canal—a popular walking, jogging, and biking trail for Wind Crest residents and others in the surrounding community that runs through the campus.

Priority treatment

Having moved the last week in October, Bill and Sharon are just settling down in time for the holidays. 

The couple worked with Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg, who helped facilitate their move and made it seem like they’d been planning for months. 

Erickson Living communities have their own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional. 

As priority list members, Bill and Sharon were able to attend exclusive events aimed at acclimating priority list members to the community, educating them about moving, and introducing them to future neighbors. 

They attended a moving seminar, where several preferred moving and real estate vendors presented helpful tips. The couple hired those vendors and made quick work of their move.

“I have really appreciated all the help they have given us in preparing us for the move,” Sharon says. “It can be such an overwhelming project, but with the help [Wind Crest] provided, they really did make it easier.”

One vendor Sharon chose on her own was an interior decorator to help her design their space. Sharon and Bill have brought existing bedroom furniture from their Southwest Denver townhouse of 30 years but are adding a fresh look to their main living areas.

With moving out of the way and a maintenance-free lifestyle ahead of them, Sharon and Bill are ready to start discovering all the activities Wind Crest has to offer.