Feeling fulfilled

Sheila Strauss is enjoying a greatly expanded social life since moving to Devonshire

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January 4th, 2018
Since moving to Devonshire, Sheila Strauss says she has little time to sit at home because of all the activities and social opportunities in her new community.

Since moving to Devonshire, Sheila Strauss says she has little time to sit at home because of all the activities and social opportunities in her new community. 

During her first visit to Devonshire at PGA National, several community members told Sheila Strauss that she should move there because she would love living at Devonshire.

So Sheila returned to attend events and sales luncheons, take apartment home tours, and soak up the convivial ambience that pervades Erickson Living’s resort-style senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens. 

On a visit last year, she saw the apartment she wanted, a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath floor plan with a den, large and plentiful closets, and the added bonus of a storage room just outside its door. 

“I’m a clotheshorse,” Sheila says, “and here I’d have room for everything. When I learned they were gutting it, that made it perfect because I could choose my own colors and finishes, and that pushed me over the edge.”

Designed to her taste

Sheila reserved her apartment immediately and started preparing for a midsummer move from Boca Raton. As she downsized, Devonshire’s design center made the changes she’d requested for her new home—they closed up a wall of her den to create a foyer, reconfigured some things in the kitchen, and replaced the master bathroom tub with an extra-large shower and an armoire-style linen closet.

On moving day she experienced the best of everything she’d heard about Devonshire, that the staff is wonderful and the community members are too. 

“I had three dinner dates before my movers left,” Sheila says. “Everyone is so cordial and so friendly.”

Devonshire has greatly expanded Sheila’s social life. “Except for occasional dinners out and playing mah-jongg, in Boca I sat in my house,” she says. “I don’t have time to sit in my apartment now. I’m busy settling in and meeting new people. And even if I don’t go to an activity, I know it’s there.”

She quickly sampled all five of Devonshire’s clubhouse restaurants and found the food to be outstanding: “I’ve given the chef my compliments many times.”

The clubhouse lounge and restaurants are ideal places to forge new friendships. That’s particularly true at the friendship table in The Verandah. Sheila dines there three nights a week. Whether you’re a new or a longtime community member, “You’re always welcome there,” she says. 

She also takes in the live, after-dinner clubhouse entertainment. 

Thumbs up from family

Sheila’s daughter, who lives in Jupiter and had encouraged Sheila to move closer, fell in love with Devonshire on that very first visit. She’s thrilled that her mom is now just a 15-minute drive away. 

Sheila’s two grandchildren are equally delighted and come for frequent sleepovers. 

Even her cats are happy. They sit in her windows, sun on her terrace, and are well liked by the housekeeping staff who keep Sheila’s apartment sparkling. Housekeeping is one of many amenities included in community members’ monthly service fee.  

Her neighbors have told her, “You moved in, you were happy, and you fit in right away.” 

“It’s true,” Sheila says. “It’s a very nice lifestyle. They think of everything here. I feel much more fulfilled.”