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‘Don’t wait too long’

Amenity-rich community holds appeal for younger retirees

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February 19th, 2018
David and Nancy Smith moved to Highland Springs in April 2017, ahead of their original timeline, so they could enjoy the amenities and conveniences of the North Dallas community.

David and Nancy Smith moved to Highland Springs ahead of their original timeline.

David and Nancy Smith first learned of Highland Springs a decade ago from their friends Pete and Jane Robertson, who live at the North Dallas community.

“Pete and Jane invited us over for dinner in their lovely apartment, and I thought, ‘This is the place for me,’” says Nancy, impressed by Highland Springs’ well-kept grounds and abundant amenities.

Still in their early 60s at the time, David and Nancy pushed Highland Springs to the back of their minds, opting to revisit the possibility of a move at a later date.

In January 2017, Nancy suggested they call the sales office at Highland Springs and schedule a tour, just to “go look.”

“I was ready to move,” says Nancy. “I wanted to make the decision ourselves instead of waiting too long and relying on our kids to make the decision for us.”

Weighing the options

David, for his part, was reluctant to let go of the family home in Plano’s Russell Creek neighborhood.

“We built the house 22 years ago,” he says. “It had an outdoor kitchen and swimming pool where our grandkids learned to swim.”

David’s thoughts also tended toward the financial implications of moving.

“What if we moved to Highland Springs and our house didn’t sell?” says David, who worked in sales and marketing for Procter & Gamble. “I didn’t want to be responsible for two payments.”

Still, the couple visited Highland Springs and joined the priority list, putting down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve the apartment home of their choice.

“I wanted to be sure we were moving in the right direction, so I called Pete Robertson and asked him to give me the good, the bad, and the ugly of life at Highland Springs,” says David. “Pete told me there isn’t any bad or ugly, just good. I figured he’d lived at the community long enough to know.”

Moving forward

Five days after their visit to Highland Springs, David surprised Nancy by saying, “I don’t know what we’re waiting for. We’d better just do this now.”

“I thought it would take at least a year to convince him to move,” says Nancy.

Decision made, David and Nancy sat down with Sales Counselor Lauren Rozdilsky to look at available floor plans. Pecan Grove, a new residence building, opened in December 2016, and the couple was drawn to a two-bedroom, two-bath Peyton-style apartment in Pecan Grove.

To help plan out the details of their move, Highland Springs Personal Moving Consultant Cindy Gay visited David and Nancy in their Plano home. Gay offers complimentary coordination of moving resources for anyone moving to the community, including referrals to trusted real estate agents and senior move managers.

“I was transferred several times with Procter & Gamble, and we were accustomed to corporate moves with plenty of assistance,” says David. “This was the first time we were moving on our own, so the help we received was invaluable. It was on par with what we had been used to.”

“Cindy and her team helped with furniture placement in our new apartment and helped me decide which furniture pieces to bring to Highland Springs,” adds Nancy. “It was nice because I didn’t bring items that wouldn’t fit in our new apartment.”

As for their home, it was under contract one day after it hit the market.

“We saw firsthand that the North Texas real estate market is hot,” says David. “Companies like Toyota are moving their headquarters to the area, bringing plenty of potential buyers.”

Maintenance-free lifestyle

Now that they’re settled at Highland Springs, David and Nancy say the lifestyle is even more enjoyable than they anticipated.

“We live close enough to our old neighborhood that we’re able to keep our previous activities, while also enjoying the conveniences of Highland Springs,” says David. “Recently I played golf with friends and noticed how many homes with swimming pools lined the golf course. I was happy to come home to Highland Springs and not worry about taking care of a home and yard. There’s more to life than cutting bushes and fishing leaves out of the pool.”

David and Nancy can use Highland Springs’ indoor pool year-round without the hassle of having to maintain it.

Nancy says she’s glad the couple moved when they did.

“Don’t wait too long—that’s my advice,” she says. “Come when you can enjoy all that Highland Springs has to offer.”