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No distance too far to make dreams come true

Alaskan transplant looks forward to moving to Windsor Run

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March 22nd, 2018
Gretchen Hazen, a 20-year resident of Anchorage, Alaska, enjoys the unique distinction of traveling the longest distance to live at Windsor Run in Matthews, N.C.

Gretchen Hazen, a 20-year resident of Anchorage, Alaska, enjoys the unique distinction of traveling the longest distance to live at Windsor Run in Matthews, N.C.

Moving from her current home in Anchorage, Alaska, Gretchen Hazen enjoys the distinction of making the farthest move to Windsor Run, Erickson Living’s community in Matthews, N.C. She is eager to be among the first residents when the community opens its doors, for the first time, later this spring.

“I’ve lived in Alaska for over 20 years and though I love it, continuing care communities like Windsor Run do not exist here,” she says. “Because I don’t have a spouse or children or family closer than Colorado, I always knew I would eventually move for my own peace of mind and to make it easier for family who might feel obligated to take action on by behalf, if needed.”

The decision to move to an Erickson Living community was an easy one for Gretchen. Her two sisters, and their spouses live at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and a cousin previously lived at Linden Ponds, another Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass.

Research pays off

“In the spring of 2016 I went through the list of Erickson Living communities on the website, using Google earth to map their locations,” says Gretchen. “I wanted to get an idea of the community’s settings and walkability. I’ve always lived where I could walk a lot; run errands on foot; and in most cases bike, walk, or take public transportation to work. During my online research, I noticed that a new Erickson Living community was under construction in North Carolina and it looked very promising.”

Gretchen followed up her research with a call to the Windsor Run sales center explaining her interest.

Last January, Gretchen visited the sales center as an add-on to her annual holiday trip to visit family in Boston.

“I explored downtown Matthews and the surrounding area, scheduled several meetings with Windsor Run staff, walked to the nearby shopping area to check it out, and reserved my apartment,” she says. “And as a bonus, I experienced North Carolina’s response to a minor snow and ice storm.”

Unable to resist the large bay window, Gretchen selected a one-bedroom, one-bath Bentley apartment home.

“I am now making lists and more lists,” she says. “I also spend time playing around with the floor plan of my new home, determining ways to arrange my things. I also make a habit of watching the Windsor Run Facebook page in search of the wonderful drone photos of the construction progress.”

With the help of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Gretchen was put in touch with a moving company to facilitate her move.

“They have been very helpful in providing me with a rough estimate of moving costs,” she says. “I am confident they will do a good job for me.”

Gretchen is currently working with Windsor Run to select possible temporary housing in the area as she expects to arrive in Matthews prior to the community’s opening.

“I am very excited to move to a ready-made community and the feeling of security it provides regarding my future,” she says. “I am also very excited about a whole new geographic area to explore.”