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Financial streamlining

Highland Springs residents enjoy predictable monthly expenses

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January 4th, 2016
Marion Mitchell, Highland Springs resident
Marion Mitchell, Highland Springs resident

When Stewart and Marion Mitchell moved to Dallas’s Northwood Hills neighborhood in 1959, the home they purchased on Paldao Drive was one of the first 100 homes to be completed in the new subdivision.

At the time, Coit and Hillcrest were two-lane country roads, Spring Valley was still a blueprint, and cotton fields stretched all the way north to Belt Line Road.

“It felt like we were in the country more than the city,” says Marion. “But that was 55 years ago.”

Today, Northwood Hills is a sought-after neighborhood in North Dallas, with its homes set back on expansive lots.

“We saw the value of our home rise significantly,” says Marion. “Of course, so did our property taxes.”

‘Simplify your life’

When Stewart passed away in 2012, Marion recognized the need to streamline her responsibilities.

“Stewart lived by the philosophy that it was better to simplify your life,” says Marion. “I started to look at options that would make things a little easier for me.”

Marion chose to move to Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, not too far from her familiar surroundings.

“Highland Springs was building a new residence building, Willow Ridge, and I liked the idea of having a new apartment,” says Marion, who sold her home and moved in August 2015.

Now that she’s settled at Highland Springs, Marion says she accomplished what she set out to do.

“I simplified my life in one fell swoop,” she says. “Financially speaking, it’s infinitely easier here. I don’t have to pay all the bills—electric, water, gas, yard man. And I don’t worry about annual expenses like property taxes. I’m dealing with known sums.”

Highland Springs residents pay a monthly service fee that covers almost all regular living expenses, including utilities, cable TV, select meals, and property taxes. It also covers all repairs and replacements, so residents don’t have to budget for unexpected costs.

One and done

John and Noreen Wolfe also enjoy their newfound financial freedom. The couple moved to Highland Springs in June 2015 from Robson Ranch, an active adult community in Denton, Tex.

“We lived in Robson Ranch for 13 years,” says John. “Every year, our property appraisal increased, so I would head over to the Denton Central Appraisal District to protest the appraised value of our house. This is the first year I’m not making that trip, and I’m happy to save the time and frustration.”

Now that they’re settled into their new apartment at Highland Springs, John says the monthly service package makes bill paying easy.

“I write one check, and that’s it,” he says. “I’m not writing separate checks to the lawn crew, the cleaning lady, the bug guy, or the sprinkler repair company. It saves me a lot of time and effort.”

Home maintenance and repair headaches are also a thing of the past.

“There’s always something going on with a house,” says John. “When we lived in Denton, we had to replace the microwave, garbage disposal, and hot water heater. We also had hail damage one year and had to replace the roof. Now we don’t have any unexpected expenses. I just pick up a phone and call general services. They take care of everything.”