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What are you waiting for?

Six reasons to rightsize your lifestyle now

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April 18th, 2018
Rosemary McDonough smiles from her home at Linden Ponds

Now that she doesn’t have to worry about taking care of a house, Rosemary McDonough has more time for exercising, singing in a choir, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

There’s no doubt about it: making the decision to downsize for your retirement is a big step. If you’ve lived in your house for many years, you may feel reluctant to leave it.

But as the more than 1,200 people who live at Linden Ponds, in Hingham, Mass., have discovered, when you give up the things you no longer need (like that formal dining room you never use or those dusty boxes in the basement), you gain so much more.

You may already know that Linden Ponds offers maintenance-free living, 24-hour security and on-site health care, but what you may not realize is all of the other benefits that come with right-sizing your lifestyle.

Here are six things that people who live at Linden Ponds cite over and over again as some of the best things that have happened as a result of their move to the community:

Finally cross decluttering off your to-do list.

If decluttering and downsizing your house have been weighing on your mind for years, imagine how much more at ease you’ll feel when that project is behind you.

Research shows that clutter causes anxiety and even depression. Living in a space that contains only the things you need and love can feel incredibly freeing.

When you move to Linden Ponds, you don’t have to tackle downsizing and moving on your own.

Prospective residents have access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, an exclusive program that offers complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

You’ll work directly with Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford, who can help you decide which pieces of furniture and household items will work best in your new home. She can even design a floor plan that the movers will use to place furniture on moving day—so your apartment home is completely set up from day one.

Aileen Harvey worked with Ford a few years ago when she moved from Waltham to Linden Ponds. Aileen says Ford gave her great advice for maximizing a smaller space, such as using taller bookshelves, which take up the same amount of floor space as shorter ones but hold more items.

“Lynne was very helpful,” Aileen says. “She came over to my condo and measured my furniture and rugs. Then she sent me a floor plan showing exactly where everything would go.”

Make meals leisurely again.

Ah, dinnertime—all you have to do to enjoy a lovely meal is drive to the grocery store; lug heavy bags into the house; chop, simmer, and bake for an hour or so; and then wash the dishes after you’ve finally eaten.

If you’ve put in more than your fair share of time in the kitchen, then meals at Linden Ponds will quickly become one of your favorite parts of the day.

With convenient access to four on-site restaurants serving 25 different menu items each day, you can leave the cooking to someone else. And since residents typically dine with neighbors, mealtime is a lively social hour rather than a daily chore.

Entertain like a pro—without the stress.

As taxing as it can be to prepare a simple dinner for two every night, putting on a feast for the whole family is a major production.

If you love gathering your whole clan around the same table but don’t want the stress of all that cleaning and cooking, Linden Ponds’ private dining rooms are the perfect solution—residents can reserve the spaces to host guests.

Everyone can simply order off the restaurant menu, which means you can enjoy quality time with your loved ones instead of spending the whole party in the kitchen. Another favorite time for residents to host family and friends is at Linden Ponds’ delicious weekend brunch.

Trade unused space for valuable time.

You may love your house, but chances are you’ve come to dread all of the weed pulling, gutter cleaning, spare-room dusting, and second-bathroom scrubbing that comes with it.

It’s an unavoidable reality: the more excess space you have, the more time you have to spend on maintenance.

At Linden Ponds, all maintenance—from mowing the lawn to changing the light bulbs—is handled by professional staff. And with apartment homes that have just the right number of rooms, you’ll no longer have to lose Saturday afternoons to cleaning out storage closets or mopping dusty floors in rooms that you don’t even use.

With all of that newfound free time, you can focus on the things you really love. You can spend more quality time with family and friends and immerse yourself in hobbies you may have neglected for years.

That was the case for Rosemary McDonough, who moved to Linden Ponds from Braintree in 2014. Now, Rosemary spends her time singing with the Linden Ponds choir, exercising at the on-site fitness center, and visiting with her children and grandchildren.

“I knew that what Linden Ponds has is what I wanted and needed. I knew I wouldn’t have a house to worry about and all the work and expense that come with it,” Rosemary says. “I was widowed for 17 years, so if I was having the lawn cut or the roof fixed, I had to take care of it and hire people. It was time for me to move and get away from having a house.”

Enjoy the comforts of home plus the amenities of a resort.

Sometimes you want to spend the weekend curled up on the couch with a good book. Other days, you’d rather meet friends for a live musical performance or swim laps in a heated indoor pool (or take a relaxing soak in a hot tub).

At Linden Ponds, residents enjoy the best of both worlds—they can retreat to their own spacious homes whenever they feel like relaxing, and when they’re in the mood to socialize, there’s a whole bustling community and host of amenities right outside their doors.

From the fitness center and creative arts studio to the performing arts theater and the putting green, many people who live at Linden Ponds compare the community to a cruise ship.

Really get to know your neighbors.

Even if you’ve lived in your neighborhood for years, many of the people you were once close to may have moved away, which can leave you feeling isolated.

At Linden Ponds, forming friendships with neighbors is easy because everyone is in the same life stage and looking for the same thing: to make the most of their retirement.

Plus, there are more than 100 resident-run clubs and activities, which makes it easy to find your “tribe.” Whether you want to join a book club, connect with other yogis, hone your photography skills, play Ping-Pong, or learn a foreign language, Linden Ponds has a club for that.

“You have the opportunity for informal access to people that you don’t have in your usual two-acre lot in suburbia, particularly when you retire,” says Dick Bauer. “Here, I can’t go down the hall without stopping to talk to somebody about what is happening in their life and their world. I find that to be a blessing.”