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Moving ‘home’ from Florida to Fox Run

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August 9th, 2016
Boston native Marilyn Hoffman came to Fox Run via Boca Raton, Fla., to be closer to her family, and she says she feels right at home in Novi.

Boston native Marilyn Hoffman came to Fox Run via Boca Raton, Fla., to be closer to her family, and she says she feels right at home in Novi.

Marilyn Hoffman spent 25 years of her retirement in Boca Raton, Fla. As much as she loved the warmth and sunshine, she wanted to be closer to her family. So about two years ago, she decided to relocate to Fox Run to be near one of her children. 

“I came up here and went to several retirement communities,” Marilyn says. “When I walked up to Fox Run, I said, ‘This is for me.’ It was very warm and friendly, and I am glad I did it.”

‘Wonderful people’

Marilyn didn’t know anyone at Fox Run when she moved to the community, but she says it didn’t take her long to make friends. She plays bridge and mah-jongg several times a week, and she enjoys the on-site library. 

She also belongs to the Shalom group for Jewish residents and the welcoming committee, a group of residents who help new neighbors get acclimated. She particularly enjoys going to the many concerts and lectures that take place on campus.

“I try to attend something every single day,” Marilyn says. “I’ve met some wonderful people.”

At Fox Run, Marilyn selected a one-bedroom plus den apartment home, which she has decorated in light colors. 

Reliable moving help

With the help of the community’s professional staff, she says moving from Florida to Michigan was a smooth process. They connected Marilyn with one of their contacts in Florida who helped her determine which pieces of furniture would fit best in her new apartment home. Marilyn was also able to work remotely with Fox Run’s Custom Interiors department. They mailed her samples of rugs, paint colors, counters, and flooring, so she could select her finishes, and the team at Fox Run took care of the rest. 

Moving day was also stress free.

“The moving company came and packed me up and unpacked me when I got here, and within 24 hours, it was all done,” Marilyn says. 

That at-home feeling

Marilyn has three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She says her family is really happy that she lives at Fox Run, where they know she is safe and living among hundreds of other vibrant retirees.

“When my son first came here, he picked up the phone to call one of his siblings and said, ‘You should see mom’s new digs,’” Marilyn recalls with a laugh. “They were totally amazed that the people here are so active and are running around all over the place.”

Best of all, living at Fox Run makes it easy for Marilyn to gather her children and grandchildren, who are scattered around the country, in one place. The community has suites that residents can reserve for their overnight guests, making it very convenient for families to spend time together. 

In May, Marilyn hosted 19 family members at Fox Run to celebrate her birthday. Some of them stayed in her spare bedroom, and several others used the guest suites. The entire family enjoyed a lovely meal in one of Fox Run’s private dining rooms. Since nobody had to worry about cooking or cleaning, they were able to spend more quality time together.

“We sat and talked and laughed about all the wonderful things that have happened over the years,” Marilyn says. “It was nice having all of the children together in one place.”

Although she now lives hundreds of miles away from her native Massachusetts, Marilyn has connected with some fellow Bostonians living at Fox Run. In fact, on her very first day at Fox Run, Marilyn met neighbor Sam Bornstein in an elevator. They started chatting, and he picked up on her slight Boston accent. 

They went on to discover a surprising connection from their pasts. 

Marilyn’s father had a printing plant on Atlantic Avenue in Boston. Sam’s family ran Carver Press, a typesetting and graphic art company located on the same street. The two companies did business together for years, and several members of their families knew one another, even though Sam and Marilyn had never personally met. 

Now, whenever they run into each other at Fox Run, Marilyn says she and Sam always stop to chat and reminisce about their fathers and Boston. It’s a coincidental connection that Marilyn says made her feel right at home at Fox Run from day one. 

Since then, Marilyn has also befriended another neighbor who is a Boston native and who shares her enthusiasm for baseball. She says she is happy to have met a fellow Boston Red Sox fan amidst a sea of people rooting for the Detroit Tigers.