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Perfect fit at Oak Crest

Couple finds Kingston floor plan has all the comforts of home, none of the headaches

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May 25th, 2017
Richard and Diane Appel moved from Jarrettsville, Md., to Oak Crest in Parkville, in 2016.

Richard and Diane Appel moved from Jarrettsville, Md., to Oak Crest in Parkville, in 2016.

Diane and Richard Appel were familiar with Oak Crest long before they moved to the Parkville, Md., community in 2016. Both of their mothers, as well as two aunts, once lived at Oak Crest. So when the Appels began searching for a more carefree lifestyle, Oak Crest was naturally at the top of their list.

“We visited three or four communities in the area,” says Diane. “One of the things that stood out about Oak Crest was that the campus was alive and full of activity. People were working on projects; playing games; and attending shows, concerts, and lectures.” 

With their three children now grown, their five-bedroom, three-bath Jarrettsville house suddenly felt too big for just the two of them. They had also grown tired of the maintenance and day-to-day upkeep of owning a large home.

Last December, the Appels decided to simplify their lives, sold their house, and moved into a maintenance-free apartment home at Oak Crest. 

“We were moving from a 2,400-square-foot, two-level home with a large garage,” says Diane. “Essentially, we were living on one level with the downstairs and the garage being used as storage.”

Room to stretch out

The Appels chose Oak Crest’s two-bedroom, two-bath Kingston model apartment. The Kingston features a large living area that leads to a recessed private balcony or walk-out garden patio, a modern kitchen, a generous en-suite master bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a convenient second bedroom and guest bath.  

“We were interested in a two-bedroom apartment because we wanted extra space for an office where we could use the computer and manage finances, among other things,” says Richard. “The second bedroom also gave us another closet for storage and more wall space to hang photos and artwork.”

“Oak Crest offered a broad selection of two-bedroom apartments that matched our needs,” says Diane. “All of them had large windows, large closets, and a washer and dryer. But the Kingston interested us the most for several reasons: it had a large master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a second room for a home office, two full baths, and a covered balcony.”  

For the Appels, scaling back didn’t mean sacrificing the details that made their apartment feel like home.  

“Before we moved in, we were able to customize our apartment with flooring and paint,” says Diane. “In the living room and kitchen, we had the longer walls painted a creamy yellow and the shorter walls are done in teal, as an accent. We also reproduced the colors and chair rail in our master bedroom to remind us of our bedroom in our previous home. And we chose yellow and gray paint in the master bathroom with a charcoal colored vanity, white counter top, and gray floor tiles. It looks stunning.”    

Leave it to the experts

As Diane and Richard were putting the finishing touches on their new home, Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth focused on helping them prepare for their move and place their home on the market. 

“Ashley [Ruth] was extremely helpful,” says Richard. “She recommended vetted vendors that could help us make the transition. One company cleared our house of all unwanted items; sold them online, and afterward gave us a check for letting them do it. She recommended a moving company and a real estate agent who sold our house in 24 days at a price that exceeded our asking amount.”

Ruth helps couples like the Appels simplify their lives by eliminating the unused space and constant pressures of maintaining a large home.

“I think more and more people are realizing that it’s not about how big your house is, but rather how big your life is,” says Ruth. “Sticking it out in your house doesn’t make you independent. Learning new things, forming lasting friendships, and pursuing the things that interest you most—whether that’s traveling, volunteering, or simply spending more time with your grandchildren—are the kinds of things that make us feel like we are living life to the fullest.”  

Diane and Richard have only called Oak Crest home for a few short months now, but they’ve already joined the community’s fitness center, become members of Oak Crest’s Protestant community, and even joined a genealogy club. 

“We are finding our niche at Oak Crest and discovering new things every day,” says Richard.