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Bid adieu to winter

Charlestown’s ‘under one roof’ concept promotes activity regardless of weather

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October 10th, 2016
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Freezing temperatures, slick and dangerous roads, mounds of snow that need shoveling, and heating systems that give out on the day you need them most—there’s plenty to dread about Mid-Atlantic winters. But many Marylanders who have grown tired of dealing with the downsides of winter have found a warm and welcoming new home at Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville.

The community’s maintenance-free living enables people to enjoy the beauty of winter, like watching the snow fall from the indoor, glass-enclosed swimming pool; dining with friends in their choice of six on-site restaurants; or relaxing with a good book in front of a roaring fireplace, all without any of the weather-related headaches you’ve come to expect living in your house.  

The Tribune caught up with Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard who answered some frequently asked questions about the benefits of living at Charlestown when the worst of winter arrives. Here’s what she had to say: 

Q: What amenities at Charlestown make life easier during the winter? 

A: Having the ability to stay active and socially engaged regardless of the weather is a huge advantage to living at Charlestown. 

Every maintenance-free apartment home is just a short indoor walk from our clubhouses, where you’ll find all of the conveniences of a small town. You can do your banking, shopping, get a haircut, take a college class, meet friends for a drink or a bite to eat, grab a book from the library—things you already do now but without hopping in and out of your car to do them. 

You can even stick to your regular fitness routine, whether that’s walking indoors; exercising in the fitness center; attending on-site aerobics, dance, or yoga classes; or swimming in the heated pool. And if you ever feel under the weather, our medical center and pharmacy are just a few indoor steps away. 

Q: How does living at Charlestown keep residents safer during the winter? 

A: The transportation service is a wonderful way to avoid driving in the snow. Charlestown residents enjoy complimentary transportation anywhere on the 110-acre campus, as well as within a designated distance outside the community. For a nominal fee, residents can ride in comfort to local places like Walmart, The Mall in Columbia, and downtown destinations like Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 

They also never have to worry about shoveling heavy snow or risk slipping on an icy sidewalk to go get their mail. From snow removal to appliance repair or replacement, the highly skilled maintenance staff at Charlestown responds quickly seven days a week.

Although rare, the community is also equipped to handle a power outage. We have emergency generators that keep the electric on in all of our public areas and hallways. Emergency medical staff is available around the clock, and our markets and restaurants are open and well stocked. 

Q: What kind of feedback do you receive from residents about how living at Charlestown has made their winters more enjoyable? 

A: Many of our community members have stopped going to Florida as an escape from the winter months. Instead, they have decided to make Charlestown their year-round home. 

The wide variety of activities and conveniences offered at Charlestown make it an attractive place to live in any season. We have over 300 resident-led clubs and activities, including dance classes, bridge groups, art classes, theater and choir groups, a woodshop, and dozens of volunteer opportunities. And the weather never affects your ability to socialize, dine out, or even cheer on the Ravens in our Terrace Room pub.  

Q: Is there still time for me to move to Charlestown before winter sets in? 

A: Depending upon which apartment style you choose, you can move within one month if need be. However, our two-bedroom floor plans are tougher to come by, so I encourage you to call today to discuss your timeline and wish list. 

I also urge you to join our priority list, which will increase your odds of getting the apartment you want, when you want it. As a priority list member, you will also have access to a list of trusted, proven professionals who will help you downsize, sell your home, and enjoy a stress-free move.

To find out how you can enjoy a worry-free winter and for a complete list of available apartment homes, call us today at 1-800-481-0935.

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