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Reservist spotlight: Jack and Jean Riley

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May 25th, 2017

When Windsor Run opens its doors for the first time next spring, Jack and Jean Riley will be among the community’s first residents.

“We are so excited,” says Jean. “Jack and I are both nearly 80 years old and have lived in our home for almost 50 years. As soon as we heard about Windsor Run, we knew that we wanted to move as soon as possible. This is a new adventure for us and I’m so thankful that we can do it together as a couple. I have a friend who waited too long to find a retirement community, and sadly, her husband declined in health and passed away. That was really a wake-up call for us. Moving when we are healthy and active will allow us to fully experience and enjoy all the people and activities that will soon be a part of our daily life.”

For the last 48 years, the Rileys owned a single-family house in Matthews, N.C., just four miles from Windsor Run. 

“We’ve been so fortunate to watch Windsor Run come to life beginning with the sales center and the groundbreaking,” says Jean. “Once we move we will still be near so many of our local friends and our church. And our daughter lives only ten miles away. Being near her and our grandchildren is very important to us.”

Preparing for the future

As reservists, the Rileys enjoyed the opportunity to choose among a wide variety of apartment homes, selecting the one that will best meet their tastes and needs. The couple chose the large two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Millbrook apartment home.

“It’s really perfect for our needs and allows us the space we feel we want,” says Jean. “We drive by the campus at least once a week. We can now see the spot in Dogwood Place where our home will be.”

Recently, the Rileys met with Sales Associate Amanda Bates to explore the wide variety of design options available in their new home, including flooring, countertops, and cabinetry. 

“We are having such a good time,” says Jean. “We are going about this as if we were building our own home, which in a way, we are!”

In addition, as one of the premier benefits of reserving a home at Windsor Run, Personal Moving Consultant June Parish has visited the Rileys in their current house to help them prepare and plan for their move, including selling their home, downsizing, packing, and moving.

“She is a delight,” says Jean. “June came to our house and took measurements of our furniture and with a scaled drawing of our Millbrook home laid out the various pieces of furniture. We got a good idea of what will work and what we will have to part with. This is helpful because it is difficult to visualize how it will all work.

“June also provided insight into what work she thinks we will need to complete in our house to prepare it for sale. When the time comes, we will definitely work with one of her recommended real estate agents as well as the suggested moving company.”

Looking forward

In the final months before their move, Jack and Jean continue to attend the various Windsor Run reservist events, including the popular Living Well series, getting to know the people who will soon be their neighbors.

“When the time comes to drive out of our driveway for the last time, I’m sure it will be difficult after 48 years, but we are so happy and excited for our new life at Windsor Run. I like to imagine the two of us, enjoying a cold glass of iced tea around the fireplace behind Woodland Commons Clubhouse. It is thrilling to know that it will be a reality before we know it.”