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‘We’ll take it’

Couple chooses a floor plan that suits their varied tastes

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November 3rd, 2016
Helen and Howard Goodheart are thrilled that the dining room wall of their Dalton apartment home at Devonshire provides more than ample space to hang a painting by their son-in-law.

Helen and Howard Goodheart are thrilled that the dining room wall of their Dalton apartment home at Devonshire provides more than ample space to hang a painting by their son-in-law.

Helen and Howard Goodheart loved their home at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Fla. But as the years passed, they started thinking ahead. They visited a few retirement communities but never seriously considered moving.

Then, when a friend recommended Devonshire at PGA National to Howard, he visited the Erickson Living retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, spent time walking about, and liked what he saw.

He and Helen met with a sales associate the following day and toured a recently available Dalton-style apartment home. Its location and floor plan seemed to suit them perfectly. “We’ll take it,” they said.

The Dalton’s first-floor location made it feel more like a house to Helen, and its proximity to Devonshire’s outdoor swimming pool appealed to Howard. 

Devonshire boasts a variety of the largest independent living apartment homes in Southeast Florida. The Goodhearts’ house totaled nearly 4,000 square feet, but the Dalton, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom style with an enclosed patio, and a den for Howard, didn’t feel cramped at all. 

After selecting paint colors and finishes for their new home, the Goodhearts had wood flooring installed. 

The ultimate result is understated, spacious, and rather like an art gallery.

Room everywhere for art

In fact, the Dalton provides extensive wall space to showcase the Goodhearts’ art collection. A painting by their son-in-law, which they never thought they’d have room for, takes center stage in their dining room. 

In their living room, a custom-made wall unit displays some of Helen’s cherished art pieces.

Another of her interests is fitness. Nearly every morning Helen does treadmill walking at the clubhouse fitness center; she also takes part in Devonshire’s exercise classes. 

Howard, a golfer, has taken advantage of Devonshire’s corporate membership privileges to play on PGA National’s courses.

This summer, when some back problems flared up, he discovered that walking provided relief. 

But rather than walk outside in hot, humid, or rainy weather, “I do my walking inside in air-conditioned hallways,” he says. Howard can walk as long as he wants inside because those climate-controlled hallways connect each of Devonshire’s three residence buildings to the clubhouse.

Devonshire’s pleasurable evenings

Predinner drinks in Churchill Lounge and superb cuisine in one of Devonshire’s five distinct clubhouse restaurants make for pleasant evenings, Helen says.

They’re also ideal locations to mingle with neighbors and hear their stories.

Howard’s stories tell of adventures and challenges. When something piqued his interest, he pursued it.

For example, the Goodhearts traveled to Nepal with Howard’s photography club.

He’s also taken cooking classes, was an amateur radio operator, and sailed to Antarctica with five friends on a “so-called Russian research vessel” shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union. 

And because he held an instrument rating and owned three successive airplanes, the Goodhearts flew to vacation destinations and Howard’s business conventions at the Greenbrier. 

Devonshire residents don’t dwell in the past, of course; they focus on the present, but each of them has one-of-a-kind stories to tell.  

Asking the right question will elicit lively, colorful, and captivating tales.

Those stories are one of the best things about living at Devonshire.

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