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Magnolia Place welcomes its first residents

Second clubhouse now open at Highland Springs

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June 14th, 2018
Mica and Bill Sleeper were the first residents of Magnolia Place, the newly opened clubhouse at Highland Springs.

Mica and Bill Sleeper were the first residents of Magnolia Place, the newly opened clubhouse at Highland Springs.

As Bill and Mica Sleeper cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Magnolia Place, their four months of “camping” came to a close.

The couple sold their Lake Highlands house of 37 years in January, sooner than anticipated.

“We reserved an apartment in Magnolia Place but knew it wasn’t going to be completed until April,” recalls Bill, a retired commercial insurance broker and founder of the McKinney Community Band. “Fortunately, we were able to move into an available apartment in the Springdale Vista [residence building] in the interim. We joked we were camping until our new apartment was ready.”

Shortly after the ribbon cutting, Bill and Mica were the first residents to move into Magnolia Place.

“Looking back, the additional months before we officially moved in to our new apartment worked out well,” says Mica. “It gave us a chance to learn the ropes at Highland Springs.”

Unique design

Magnolia Place has a unique design which pairs amenities with a select number of highly desirable floor plans.

“This is a first for Highland Springs,” explains Sales Director Christina Christie. “In addition to the amenities at Magnolia Place, the new clubhouse offers 18 two-bedroom apartment homes. It’s a great option for those who like to be close to the action.”

Amenities in Magnolia Place include a 3,000 square foot arts and enrichment center, catering room, patio for outdoor dining, library, reading room, and classroom.

“As we were looking at retirement communities, Highland Springs met all our specifications,” says Bill. “We liked the amenities, and it’s close to three of our four daughters.”

The couple was also familiar with Erickson Living, which manages Highland Springs, because Bill’s aunt and uncle lived at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md.

“We knew of Erickson’s home for life commitment, and that this was a company that kept its promises,” says Bill.

Highland Springs maintains a Resident Care Fund to assist residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation. No one has ever been asked to leave the community due to a genuine inability to pay. The Residence and Care Agreement has complete details.

Settling in

Bill and Mica chose a Somerton-style apartment on the fourth floor of Magnolia Place.

“Even though I was excited about the move, I still had some anxiety related to downsizing and selling our home,” Mica admits.

The couple worked with Highland Springs Personal Moving Consultant Cindy Gay, who offers complimentary coordination of moving resources for anyone moving to the community. Gay maintains a network of trusted real estate agents, senior move managers, and moving companies who have been vetted by Erickson Living.

“We used all the vendors Cindy recommended,” says Bill. “Everything worked out well. It’s a good feeling to have the downsizing and sale of our home behind us.”

Now the couple can focus on putting down roots in their new home, where they’re already discovering ties to other residents.

“Sue Passmore [who moved to Highland Springs in 2008] taught one of our daughters in Lake Highlands,” says Mica. “I’m sure we’ll find more in common with other residents. It’ll be fun getting to know our new neighbors.”