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Delaware couple in search of one-floor living finds perfect fit at Oak Crest

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May 12th, 2016
Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth (center), Joan and David Austin

With help from Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth (center), Joan and David Austin sold their three-level Delaware townhome and are enjoying one-level living at Oak Crest.

A survey by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) finds an increasing demand for single-level home designs, not just among older Americans, but Baby Boomers as well. One-level homes provide greater accessibility and are generally more cost-effective—benefits that appeal to busy people of all ages. 

Joan and Dave Austin decided to explore one-level living options after their three-level townhome in Delaware became too much of a hassle. 

“I couldn’t do steps anymore, so we knew we wanted to be in a one-level home,” says Joan, a mother of 5 and grandmother of 11.

With help from their daughter who resides in Towson, Md., Joan and Dave discovered Oak Crest and liked the concept of the Parkville Erickson Living community so much they decided to move. 

“We were looking for a two-bedroom apartment with room for our grandkids to stay over and for my husband, who is an artist, where he could work on his pen and ink drawings,” says Joan. 

Making it their home

But before they moved a single piece of furniture, Joan and Dave added a few personal touches with help from Oak Crest’s Custom Interiors department. 

In order to achieve the open floor plan they wanted, the Austins opted to have a partial wall removed, opening up the kitchen to the overall living space. 

Hardwood floors and crown molding were installed throughout the apartment. 

A spare closet in the second bedroom, which functions as their den, was transformed into a nook for a computer desk complete with custom shelving above to keep office supplies organized. 

And an antique bronze chandelier was installed above their dining table.

“We were so pleased with everything. There really wasn’t anything we wanted to do that they couldn’t accommodate,” says Joan. 

As their new home took shape, the Austins turned their attention to selling their townhouse in Delaware.

“Our real estate agent suggested we list our home for $4,000 higher than what we thought we should,” says Joan. “So we were surprised when we had four offers within the first day—two at full price. It was unbelievable; we sold the first day it was on the market!”

Oak Crest Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth helped Joan and Dave navigate their long-distance move. 

“Ashley referred us to a great moving company, and we even received a discount for using a mover Oak Crest recommended,” says Joan. “Everyone we worked with at Oak Crest was wonderful. They never made us feel like we were asking too many questions. The help we received made it a joy to move here.”

As their one-year anniversary at Oak Crest approaches next month, both Joan and Dave are enjoying their new home and all of the amenities that come with it. Joan volunteers with Our Daily Bread monthly casserole program. She also volunteers with the Holy Rollers Bead Makers. Dave enjoys working on pen and ink drawings and has joined a billiards group within the community.

“We had a lot of friends in Delaware,” says Joan. “I think one of the nicest things about Oak Crest is all of the interesting people we have met and wonderful new friends we have made. We are really happy we made the move.”