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Familiar territory

Maryland woman enjoys easy move just down the street

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February 19th, 2018
Lois Siemsen enjoys the holidays in her new home at Oak Crest.

Lois Siemsen enjoys the holidays in her new home at Oak Crest.

For more than two decades Lois Siemsen drove past Oak Crest on her way to work. But it wasn’t until 2017 that she decided to take a closer look at the Parkville, Md., Erickson Living community.

“I lived right down the street in Perry Hall,” says Lois. “The maintenance on my house was becoming too much to keep up on my own. I was ready to move. I made an appointment with Melisa [Batac, sales counselor] in sales and I attended a few luncheons. I liked the fact that Oak Crest is a continuing care retirement community, and it was more affordable than some of the other communities I visited.”

Moving from an 1,800-square-foot home, Lois wanted a space more suited to her current lifestyle.

“At the house, I basically lived in my bedroom and the kitchen, so I didn’t want or need a huge apartment,” says Lois. “I chose a one bedroom with den overlooking the swimming pool. It’s the perfect size for me and my two cats.”

Custom touches

To personalize her new space, Lois teamed up with Oak Crest’s Custom Interiors.

“I wanted a completely new look from what I had in my house,” says Lois. “I got a new modern kitchen and bathroom. I also chose a farmhouse-style sliding barn door for my half bathroom. I just love it!”

When it came to planning her move, Lois took advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a complimentary program that assists people moving to an Erickson Living community with every aspect of their moving process.

“They came out to my house and helped me determine what furniture would fit in the apartment and where it would go,” says Lois. “They also provided me with a list of reputable real estate agents and movers they recommend, which was a big help.”

Next month marks Lois’s one-year anniversary at Oak Crest, and she says she’s happy with the way everything worked out.

“I love it here!” says Lois. “I’ve met so many new people. I’ve been to concerts and plays; I’ve joined two card groups, and I have a garden plot where I grow tomatoes and flowers. There is so much to do here, there’s not enough time to do everything.”