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Where you can have your cake and eat it too

(But you don’t have to bake it)

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May 9th, 2018
Dot and Ron Baughman’s apartment home at Maris Grove provides an eat-in kitchen and features the white cabinets and appliances that Dot wanted.

Dot and Ron Baughman’s apartment home at Maris Grove provides an eat-in kitchen and features the white cabinets and appliances that Dot wanted.

She wanted an all-white kitchen. He wanted a garage.

When they moved to Maris Grove, an Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., from a 55-plus community in nearby Garnet Valley, Dot and Ron Baughman each got what they wanted.

Well-planned home

Their apartment home is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath, Oxford-style floor plan in the Bluebird Crossing residence building, where the garage is also located.

The Oxford apartment style features a large great room, an eat-in kitchen, and a washer and dryer (a washer and dryer are standard equipment in all floor plans).

Ron and Dot attended Maris Grove sales events and open houses before their move in order to tour as many floor plans as they could.

They winnowed their choices to three or four different styles; focusing on just one style could have lengthened their wait for the apartment of their choice.

When an Oxford floor plan became available, its generous-size storage room at one end of the great room ultimately convinced the Baughmans to take it. The space accommodates an amazing number of items.

After Ron and Dot had custom shelving installed, the room still had space for three bookcases and a freestanding cabinet.

Because the Baughmans’ home receives sunlight all day long, their apartment is light and bright.

To keep it spotless, Dot contracts with Maris Grove’s housekeeping staff to clean twice a month. “The cost is much more reasonable than what I’d paid in Garnet Valley,” she says.

The home’s layout also earns her approval. The bedrooms sit on either side of the great room. “That lets us each have our own private space,” says Dot.

Ron reads James Patterson books and watches TV in the second bedroom, which serves as the couple’s den and computer room.

Dot retreats to the master bedroom to read and do her needlework projects. She also crochets for Maris Grove’s blanket circle that makes blankets for Project Linus.

What Dot doesn’t do is cook, which makes her very happy. Instead, she can dine at any of Maris Grove’s six campus restaurants.

And because Maris Grove’s residence buildings and three clubhouses are all connected via interior hallways and climate-controlled bridges, she can walk to any of the restaurants without going outside.

Peace-of-mind amenities

The Baughmans’ three daughters are pleased that their parents now enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle at Maris Grove. Ron and Dot are glad they can provide their girls with a legacy.

“The 90% refundable entrance deposit was the most important reason for choosing Maris Grove,” says Ron. (Maris Grove’s Residence and Care Agreement has full details.)

Should Ron or Dot require care down the road, it won’t fall to their daughters; the community’s on-site amenities include a medical center staffed by doctors who only treat Maris Grove residents and a rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood.

“When I stop driving, we’ll switch to Maris Grove’s staff doctors,” says Ron. “We’ll take advantage of Maris Grove’s shopping shuttle service then too.”

Other on-site amenities include theaters, fitness centers, and bank branches.

A retired Naval Reserve officer, Ron belongs to the campus veterans club. He and Dot play bridge. And being former teachers, they’ve joined Maris Grove’s Golden Educators group.

At Maris Grove, the Baughmans found exactly what they wanted in a retirement community.