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Making their mark

Former Robson Ranch residents embrace life at Highland Springs

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July 31st, 2017
Several Highland Springs residents moved from Robson Ranch, a 55-plus active adult community near Denton, Texas.

Several Highland Springs residents moved from Robson Ranch, a 55-plus active adult community near Denton, Texas.

Robson Ranch, the gated 55-plus community just outside of Denton, Tex., is rich with amenities and social opportunities. Residents live in single-family homes with 18 holes of fairways winding between them.

“We moved to Robson to be closer to our grandchildren and to enjoy the activities and amenities,” says John Wolfe, who lived at the community for 15 years with his wife Noreen.

Other Robson residents tell a similar tale. 

“We liked the idea of moving to a gated community,” says Lolly Evans who, with her husband Dwight, were among Robson’s first residents. “We also enjoyed getting around on our golf cart.”

Today, both couples are part of a growing number of former Robson Ranch residents who live at Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas.

“At last count, we have 17 Robson neighbors who live at Highland Springs,” says Martha Callaway, who moved to the North Dallas community with her husband, Jack, in 2015. “Some moved to Highland Springs several years ago, and some moved here a few months ago.”

Secure, maintenance-free living

Many of Highland Springs’ features mirror those of Robson Ranch. Both communities are gated, both offer abundant amenities, and both hold the promise of a vibrant social calendar.

Where Robson Ranch is a community of single-family homes, with residents responsible for their own home maintenance, Highland Springs offers maintenance-free retirement living.

“That’s one of the reasons we moved to Highland Springs,” says Jack Callaway. “Our home in Robson Ranch had 10- and 12-foot ceilings. It was a chore to change out a lightbulb or the batteries in a smoke detector. Now that we live at Highland Springs, I don’t worry about any of those things.”

Patricia Laurentis moved to Highland Springs in 2016 after living at Robson Ranch for nearly two years.

“I didn’t like being alone at night in my Robson home,” says Patricia. “I was out with my daughter one day, and we drove past Highland Springs. She convinced me to go in and take a look around. Everyone was so friendly; I reserved an apartment that same day.”

Now, Patricia says she sleeps soundly knowing that Highland Springs’ security team is on duty throughout the night.

“I feel safer,” she says. “It was an easy transition to Highland Springs, and one I’m delighted I made.”

Onsite continuing care

Highland Springs’ continuing care neighborhood is another feature that sets the North Dallas community apart. Continuing care at Highland Springs offers 96 private residences across all levels of care—assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing.

“It’s good to be proactive,” says Barbara Coulson, who moved to Highland Springs from Robson 18 months ago with her husband Grant. “You never know when you might need additional care.”

They weren’t the only ones with an eye toward the future.

“We moved to Highland Springs because we were looking ahead,” says Kathleen Lamb, who moved to the North Dallas community from Robson Ranch with her husband Bob in November 2009. “Highland Springs offers security, on-site medical and fitness centers, and continuing care, should we ever need it. We felt it was the right move at the right time to give us the best quality of life for the future.”

A circle of friends

Not all Robson Ranch residents knew each other when they moved to Highland Springs. Some met at the North Dallas community.

“We met Billie Askew, and Bob and Patty O’Steen shortly after we moved in and realized that we had Robson Ranch in common,” says Mary Lou Shadduck, who moved to Highland Springs three years ago with her husband John.

Other Robson residents learned of Highland Springs from past neighbors who had already moved to the community.

“We drove down to Highland Springs to have lunch with Bob and Kathleen Lamb in 2012,” says Martha Callaway. “They were our introduction to Highland Springs.”

John and Noreen Wolfe joined the priority list at Highland Springs because they knew former Robson residents who lived at the community, and they saw it as a potential next step for themselves.

Priority list members put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

“We were on the priority list for two years,” says John. “Having Robson neighbors who already lived at Highland Springs made it easier for us to make the decision to move.”

Some Robson residents were simply returning to the area where they’d lived before. John and Mary Lou Shadduck, Billie Askew, and Bob and Patty O’Steen all lived in nearby Richardson. Billie and Patty have been friends for more than 50 years.

“In a way, we were coming back to our roots when we moved to Highland Springs,” says Billie.

Sharing their gifts

As the number of Robson residents moving to Highland Springs increases, the community continues to benefit from their enthusiasm and talent.

Billie Askew is a past president of the Resident Advisory Council (RAC). John Shadduck is the current RAC president. Several former Robson residents serve on RAC subcommittees.

Bob Lamb, Jack Callaway, and Dwight Evans have all joined the Woodchucks, honing their woodworking skills in Highland Springs’ on-site woodshop.

The former Robson residents also sing in the choir, work on Highland Springs’ in-house television program, serve on the welcome committee, and host bridge groups.

“We’re an active bunch, and we’re making our mark at Highland Springs,” says Martha Callaway.