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Retirement wish list

Six priorities to consider for your next move

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February 19th, 2018
One of the reasons Shirley and Jack Sirotkin like Fox Run is because it offers many cultural activities.

One of the reasons Shirley and Jack Sirotkin like Fox Run is because it offers many cultural activities.

When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your wish list. After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maybe maintenance-free living is on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your No. 1 priority, or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends.

Whatever your goals for your retirement, chances are you’ll meet them at Fox Run in Novi, Mich. While people have all kinds of different reasons for choosing Fox Run, Sales Manager Kristen Yaquinto says that the following six priorities are the ones she hears most commonly from prospective residents.

1. Activities and social life

Fox Run is home to more than 1,000 vibrant and engaged retirees, and there are more than 100 resident-run clubs. From Pilates and tennis to photography and foreign language clubs, from singing to card groups, there truly is something for everyone at Fox Run.

While residents can always enjoy privacy in their own apartment homes, when they do want to socialize, they don’t have to look far to find a friendly face or an interesting conversation.

Residents and staff are known for their friendly greetings in the halls, and residents typically eat dinner in one of the community’s on-site restaurants. People who haven’t made plans to dine with someone in particular can be asked to be seated at an open table—where new friendships are typically formed over dinner conversations.

Shirley and Jack Sirotkin moved to Fox Run from Ann Arbor, Mich., where they enjoyed the vibrant art, music, and cultural scene offered by the college town. At Fox Run, they are part of a music study group and often attend live performances at the community’s on-site performing arts center.

“After investigating other places, Fox Run was the best,” Shirley says. “Living here, we can continue to do some of the cultural activities we had been doing in Ann Arbor.”

2. Health and wellness

Exercising and eating a balanced diet are important at all stages in life, but particularly so as we grow older. That’s why many people appreciate how easy it is to stay healthy at Fox Run.

Nutritious and appetizing meals are available at the on-site restaurants, so community members can eat well without the hassles of menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes.

With Fox Run’s on-site fitness center, heated indoor pool, dozens of group exercise classes, and personal trainers on staff who can create individualized fitness programs, residents are more likely to work out.

But exercising doesn’t always have to be a chore. Fox Run community members find many ways to have fun while staying active.

When Mike Bandrowski and his wife Audrey moved to Fox Run, he started a pickleball league. He’d been playing the game—a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton—for many years and wanted to continue.

He found several neighbors who were interested in learning the game. Now a group of about 20 people meet three times a week during warmer months to play pickleball on courts set up on Fox Run’s campus.

“It’s giving them a source of exercise, and once they start, they are socializing and meeting new people,” Mike says. “It’s very exciting for everyone involved.”

3. Maintenance-free living

Say goodbye to chores like pulling weeds, troubleshooting a washing machine that’s on the fritz, and deicing slippery sidewalks. All of that—and much more—is handled by Fox Run’s professional maintenance staff. When residents need help with any task, big or small, in their apartment homes, all they have to do is call the front desk. A repair person will be promptly dispatched to their front door to handle the problem.

That is one of the reasons Gail Berryman moved to Fox Run. She previously lived in a Del Webb active adult community in Grand Blanc. But after her husband passed away, she decided it was time to move.

“I didn’t want to take care of a big house,” Gail says. “My husband had said he thought it would be great for me, and so I felt great about it.”

4. Financial security

One of the most stressful things that can happen during retirement is a big, unexpected expense—a new furnace that can’t wait until next year or a significant spike in condo association dues, for example.

People who live at Fox Run don’t have to worry about that because they only pay for a predictable monthly service package, which includes maintenance, utilities, cable, property taxes, a dining plan, security, and local shuttle service. That means residents have the peace of mind knowing exactly what their expenses will be for the upcoming year.

What’s more, Fox Run has a 90% refundable entrance deposit. If residents choose to move, 90% of their entrance deposit is returned, and if they live the rest of their lives at the community, the deposit is returned to their heirs.

5. ‘Home for life’

The commitment Fox Run makes to its residents is that they have a “home for life.” The community maintains a Benevolent Care Fund, which is in place to assist people who outlive their financial resources. Fox Run is committed to supporting residents who experience a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation and provides several options for them to protect their future.

6. Proximity to family

Located in Novi, Mich., Fox Run is near Detroit and surrounding towns, where many residents’ adult children live. Many people who move to Fox Run from another state do so to be closer to their families.

Fox Run is a great place to entertain family and friends. Residents can reserve a private dining room to host a celebration without having to clean the house or hover over the stove. Alternatively, they can treat their families to a delicious weekend brunch at Fox Run’s on-site restaurants.

As for young grandchildren, they definitely love splashing in the indoor pool with grandma and grandpa.

Pat Kridler is one of many residents who moved to Fox Run to be closer to family. She had previously lived in Michigan and was living in Minneapolis prior to her move to Fox Run, where she is now closer to her son.

“This is a wonderful place. I feel so secure and taken care of,” Pat says.