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Say goodbye to winter

Oak Crest’s ‘under one roof’ concept lets you stay active regardless of the weather

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February 16th, 2017
Ashley Ruth is Oak Crest’s personal moving consultant.

Ashley Ruth is Oak Crest’s personal moving consultant.

Freezing temperatures, slick 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 Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville.

The community’s maintenance-free living enables residents to enjoy the beauty of winter—like dining with friends in their choice of five on-site restaurants, working in the well-equipped woodshop, 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 Ashley Ruth, who answered some frequently asked questions about the benefits of living at Oak Crest when the worst of winter arrives. Here’s what she had to say: 

Q: What amenities does Oak Crest have to 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 Oak Crest. 

Every maintenance-free apartment 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; or attending group aerobics, dance, or yoga classes. 

And if you ever feel under the weather, our medical center and pharmacy are on site too. 

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

A: The transportation service is a wonderful way to avoid driving in the snow. Oak Crest community members enjoy complimentary transportation anywhere on the 87-acre campus as well as within a designated distance.  For a nominal fee, residents can ride in comfort to local places like White Marsh Mall, nearby restaurants, and downtown Baltimore destinations like the Meyerhoff. 

You also never have to worry about shoveling heavy snow or risk slipping on an icy sidewalk to go get your mail. 

From snow removal to appliance repair or replacement, the highly skilled maintenance staff at Oak Crest 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And our markets and restaurants are open and well-stocked. 

Q: What kind of feedback do you receive from community members about how living at Oak Crest 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 Oak Crest their year-round home. 

The wide variety of activities and conveniences offered at Oak Crest make it an attractive place to live in any season. We have nearly 200 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 watch your favorite sports team in our Acorn Pub.  

Q: Is it realistic to sell my house and move to Oak Crest during the winter months? 

A: Yes! I always stress that the perfect time to sell your house is when you’re ready. If your home is move-in ready and priced appropriately, it will sell regardless of the season. 

We have resources available to assist you through the entire process. One of the perks our priority list members receive is assistance from Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program that offers complimentary coordination (that’s where I come in!) of all your realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, as well as connecting you with experienced real estate agents.

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