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Friendly places, smiling faces

Maryland woman’s move from the Eastern Shore was a breeze

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May 11th, 2016

On the surface, Ocean Pines, a community just seven miles outside Ocean City, Md., and Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, really don’t have much in common. But for Margaret SeBour there is one similarity: the friendly atmosphere and sense of community.

In fact, it’s one of the things that attracted Margaret to Charlestown when she decided to sell her three-bedroom waterfront home in Ocean Pines one year ago.  

“One of the things that I really liked about Charlestown was, every time I visited the community, residents would stop and smile and say hello,” says Margaret. 

Having lived in Ellicott City for 18 years before moving to the Eastern Shore, Margaret, recently widowed, decided to move back to the area she once called home. For help finding her new apartment, she turned to the sales team at Charlestown.

“I wanted an extra bedroom and bath so my family would have a place to stay when they visit from California,” says Margaret. “I also wanted an outdoor space.”

Coordinated effort

Sales Counselor Molly Bowman found Margaret exactly what she was looking for and Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard helped organize her move.

“Vera measured all of my furniture to see what would fit in the new apartment,” says Margaret. “She also recommended a real estate agent. Everyone in the sales office was wonderful. I felt very comfortable, like I could go to any one of them with questions and they were helpful.”

Ironically, Margaret found a buyer for her home before it even went on the market. 

“We had a yard sale and a couple came by and said they were in interested in buying the house,” says Margaret. “Two weeks later, we listed the house for sale and that same couple came back and bought it the next day. That’s how quick things were. It was amazing!”

Now that Margaret is all settled in, she says she loves her apartment and is taking advantage of the on-site swimming pool and college classes. 

“Even in the coldest weather I’m out there on the balcony,” says Margaret. “I’m still pinching myself today at how quickly and smoothly the entire process went.”