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Adventures in retirement

Couple anticipates move to Amarillo Terrace at Eagle’s Trace

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November 3rd, 2016
L.O. and Joyce Wray are moving to Amarillo Terrace, the newest residence building at Eagle’s Trace, in mid-November.

L.O. and Joyce Wray are moving to Amarillo Terrace, the newest residence building at Eagle’s Trace, in mid-November.

Retirement has proven to be one adventure after another for L.O. and Joyce Wray.

After a 30-year career with Amoco (formerly Standard Oil Company), L.O. retired, and the couple moved from Houston to Wimberley, embracing life in the Texas Hill Country.

“We traveled a bit in our RV during that period and eventually decided that we’d like to be on the road full time,” says Joyce.

They sold their Wimberley house, put their belongings in a storage unit in nearby Austin, and headed out in their 40-foot diesel pusher.

“Our daughter lives in Florida, and our son had just moved to Calgary, Alberta,” says Joyce. “We spent winters in Florida and summers in Calgary.”

After seven years of traversing the country, stopping by their storage unit in Austin to change out seasonal clothing, L.O. and Joyce felt their chapter as full-time RVers was coming to a close. 

“By that time, we had traveled to most of the states in the continental U.S.,” says L.O.

A new adventure

The couple purchased a home in Spring, Tex., just north of Houston, where they’ve lived for the past ten years. Now they’re ready for a new adventure.

“We were sitting in our house, not getting a lot of exercise, and felt we could benefit from a more active lifestyle,” says Joyce. “In late 2015, we saw a television commercial for Eagle’s Trace advertising its newest residence building.”

Amarillo Terrace, the new residence building at Eagle’s Trace, opened last month. With 108 apartment homes in 17 never-before-seen floor plans, Amarillo Terrace features lake views, outdoor walking trails, and upscale amenities, including a new full-service restaurant.

To secure an apartment in Amarillo Terrace, L.O. and Joyce met with Sales Counselor Jodie Schroeder in December 2015. The couple opted for a two-bedroom, two-bath Lone Star-style floor plan. They’re planning to move to Eagle’s Trace on November 14.

“Our RV had 345 square feet of living area,” says L.O. “Our apartment at Eagle’s Trace will be three times that size, so I know we’ll be comfortable.”

Help from the pros

To help them plan the transition, Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit visited L.O. and Joyce in their home in early 2016. 

Benoit offers complimentary coordination of moving services for anyone moving to an Erickson Living community, including referrals to preferred real estate agents, senior move managers, and moving companies.

“Haven helped us determine furniture placement in our new apartment,” says Joyce. “She used a magnetic board with manipulative furniture pieces to-scale so we could play around with layouts.”

Benoit also recommended an experienced real estate agent to list the couple’s home in Spring.

“The first person who walked through the house bought it,” says L.O. “We thought things might move quickly, but we didn’t anticipate it would be that fast.”

L.O. and Joyce closed on their home in June and took a short-term lease on an apartment until their new space in Amarillo Terrace is ready.

“Haven also recommended Greg and Crystal Drake with Lone Star Transitions to help us move,” says Joyce. “They were wonderful. They packed all our things in our home and moved us into the apartment. They even hung pictures on the wall and made up the bed. We have confidence that it will be just as smooth when we move to Eagle’s Trace.”

Now that their next adventure is just around the corner, L.O. and Joyce say they can’t wait to begin enjoying the maintenance-free, amenity-rich lifestyle at Eagle’s Trace.

“We’re just ready to get there,” says Joyce.