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One-level living is just right for this active couple

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June 29th, 2016
Maris Grove residents Bob and Lois Stimeare

Apartment homes come in all sizes at Maris Grove, but Bob and Lois Stimeare say they wouldn’t trade their Fairmont floor plan.

On Lois and Bob Stimeare’s first visit to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., Lois knew she wanted to live there. 

“There was no one sitting in the lobby doing nothing,” she says. “People were active.”

Later, during an apartment tour, she found their perfect home, an extra-large, two-bedroom, one-bath Fairmont floor plan, one of 15 different two-bedroom styles.

One level, more space

The Stimeares’ second bedroom doubles as a guest room and computer room. The eat-in kitchen provides ample space for Lois to prepare the couple’s favorite comfort foods.

The Fairmont also boasts generous-size closets. “I have more closet space than I had in our split-level home in Aston,” says Lois. 

She also has a washer and dryer right in the master bedroom; they’re standard equipment in every apartment home. 

And because all of Maris Grove’s apartment homes feature one-level living, Lois no longer lugs laundry up and down three flights of stairs (or her vacuum cleaner).

Those levels in their former home had presented another downside: the Stimeares had limited views from one room to another.

Their new home has an open, airy design. “We can stand in the dining room and see into every room,” Lois says. “And we have a lot of natural light. We really enjoy the warmth of the sun coming in.”

Busy bees

That doesn’t mean the couple hangs out at home. Bob has his own campus activities. “And I have a tight schedule,” Lois says with a bubbly laugh.

Actually, there are few couch potatoes at Maris Grove. “There’s too much to do,” says Lois. “Everyone is out and about.”

She belongs to the Helping Hands group and the Players club. 

She ushers at entertainment committee presentations and volunteers with the Treasure Chest, a campus thrift shop whose proceeds benefit the Resident Care Fund, which helps support residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control. The Residence and Care Agreement has all the details. 

She’s also an avid game player, and as a Maris Grove ambassador she chats with guests at sales luncheons. When the urge strikes, Lois cooks.

She has time for all those activities because the rest of her life is carefree. 

Should electrical, plumbing, or appliance issues arise, she simply makes a quick call and requests the maintenance team. The team is on call 24/7, including holidays.

“Moving here was the best decision we ever made,” Lois says. “At Maris Grove, every day is an adventure.”