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Get-togethers galore

Two neighbors head up social activities in Wind Crest’s new neighborhood

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July 6th, 2016
Char Aubin (left) and Barbara McEldowney became friends quickly after moving to Wind Crest last fall. They’ve become unofficial social chairs of their new neighborhood, The High Line Overlook.

Char Aubin (left) and Barbara McEldowney became friends quickly after moving to Wind Crest last fall. They’ve become unofficial social chairs of their new neighborhood, The High Line Overlook.

When Char Aubin and her husband Bob moved to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., from Minneapolis, Minn., she expected lots of things—maintenance-free living; consolidated monthly bills; a stunning, brand-new apartment; beautiful mountain views; milder winters; and top-notch continuing care. But there’s one thing she didn’t foresee: social opportunities galore.

“I didn’t realize how nice the socialization part would be,” Char says. “There is always something going on.”

Like the piano concert for Valentine’s Day in the Arts and Enrichment Center, located in their residence building. Or the special themed dining events in Windows Restaurant, like the one for Mardi Gras. Or the Muslim speaker presentation; group exercise classes; and Helping Hands, a neighbor-to-neighbor volunteer program she does with her new friend and neighbor Barbara McEldowney.

Making connections

Both Char and Barbara were among the first households to move into The High Line Overlook, Wind Crest’s most recent residence building. They quickly became friends and began organizing other social opportunities. 

“Char has taken it upon herself to coordinate and invite the other 29 households in High Line to a monthly get-together to get to know each other.  Because of her, they are really all becoming a tight-knit group, and they are all forming some really great friendships over there,” says Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg.

Now with the warmer weather, they enjoy an
al fresco happy hour on the main patio of The High Line Overlook, which overlooks the Rockies. 

Life, simplified

Touring Wind Crest’s second neighborhood with Char and Barbara, one gets the feeling that they’ve lived there for years. They know every reading nook, crafts room, and goings-on. And there’s not a neighbor they don’t greet.

Their apartment homes are tastefully decorated and settled—though each with its distinct décor. 

Barbara and her husband Mac’s large one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Henderson-style home reflects their world travels, particularly to Spain. Char and Bob’s spacious two-bedroom, two-bath Morrison-style apartment is more traditional, like a Pottery Barn catalog brought to life.

Both families chose to use a closet-organizing company to keep their spacious walk-ins neat and tidy. 

“The closets have been a great decision,” says Char.

Their closets aren’t the only things that have helped simplify life since moving to Wind Crest. Both women agree that the monthly service package makes the financial aspects of life much easier. 

The predictable monthly service package, which corresponds to the size of each apartment home, includes all home maintenance, professional landscaping, property taxes, 24/7 security, utilities, a flexible meal plan, and use of all amenities like the indoor pool and fitness center. 

It also includes snow-clearing services for roads and sidewalks in the winter and year-round transportation to and from local destinations like the grocery store and doctors’ offices. 

“The financials are very simple. Life is very simple here,” says Char. “I particularly don’t miss cleaning a large house.”

More time for fun

That leaves more time for all the social activities she and Barbara have taken up since moving to Wind Crest. 

“There are lots of ways to connect,” says Barbara. 

Aside from Helping Hands and happy hours, she volunteers at a local elementary school. “That’s been a real treat to work with kids, especially since we’re so close to everything.”

Char chimes in, adding that Wind Crest’s size is one of its greatest strengths. “Because this is a big community and they have a lot of offerings, I really think it’s better than someplace smaller.”

She says the small-town nature of each residence building, coupled with nearly 100 groups and activities, encourages people to get to know each other and creates an intimate community.