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Finding the perfect floor plan makes downsizing easier

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October 14th, 2016
The Peyton Floorplan: Luxury Two Bedroom, Two Bath

The Peyton Floorplan: Luxury Two Bedroom, Two Bath

When John Moulton got tired of living alone in his four-bedroom house on one acre of land in Parker, Colo., he opted for a maintenance-free lifestyle at Wind Crest.

The Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch gives John everything he needs and more, without the hassle of caring for a house and yard. 

“I felt like I was Mr. Mom and Mr. Dad, and it was more than I could handle,” he says. “I looked forward to the day when I could move into a retirement community and relax a little bit.”

Now that he’s been living at Wind Crest for almost two years, he looks forward to walks each day along The High Line Canal Trail that runs through campus, movies and musical performances in the Arts and Enrichment Center, and especially being with peers his own age with similar interests. 

“I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to spend so much time on house and yard repairs and other housekeeping chores that go with living in your own house,” he says. 

With no lawn to mow or snow to shovel, he has time and energy to take advantage of all the amenities and activities available at Wind Crest.  

John chose a Peyton floor plan in McHenry’s Crossing residence building. With its two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the Peyton wasn’t a tremendous transition from his former four-bedroom house, yet it’s easier to clean and care for. 

He says the Peyton appealed to him because the spacious, open living area occupies one side of the apartment home, while the two bedrooms occupy the opposite side. 

The abundance of natural light thoughout the floor plan was a winner, too. 

Restaurants galore

John takes breakfast and lunch at home, but he relishes the fact that he no longer has to prepare dinner for himself. Now, instead of eating alone, he enjoys dinner with neighbors and friends in one of Wind Crest’s six (soon to be seven) on-site dining venues. 

Windows Restaurant, which opened around the same time John moved in, offers classic and creative American fare, a modern atmosphere, and a stunning view. 

The 80-seat, reservation-only restaurant located in McHenry’s Crossing serves a seasonal dinner menu with two daily chef specials. A wall of windows overlooks the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountain Foothills. Inside, modern light fixtures hang from a vaulted two-story ceiling.

Burton’s Steakhouse in The High Line Overlook recently opened, and the Blue Sky Bistro, also in McHenry’s Crossing, reopened with a revamped quick-grab and coffeehouse menu. 

Timberline Tavern, located in Parry Landing next to McHenry’s Crossing, has gotten rave reviews for its casual pub food, big-screen TVs, draft beer, and two pool tables. 

New restaurants and other facilities are just one example of why John chose Wind Crest over the downtown Denver communities he originally considered. “It’s well established with nice facilities; the others were outdated,” he says. 

He also appreciates Wind Crest’s location in a Denver suburb, and he has no heavy traffic to deal with. “I feel like I’m out in the open; it has a great atmosphere,” he says.

Worth it

Since John moved just a few miles from his house in Parker, he hasn’t made many major changes to his routine. He’s kept his primary care physician of 30 years and attends the same church. 

In fact, he has found himself encouraging parishioners to visit Wind Crest and tour the community. “I recommend Wind Crest quite often,” he says. 

When friends ask why he likes it so much, he cites three main reasons to choose Wind Crest: 

1. On-site medical care is available should you need it.

2. Maintenance-free living makes retirement more relaxing and enjoyable.

3. It’s a smart financial decision. 

“I’d much rather be here than in my previous living situation, alone,” says John, whose wife passed away nine years ago. “I feel like it’s absolutely worth it.