Closing the distance

Delaware woman finds home is wherever her family and friends are

Created date

January 11th, 2019
The Ellicott living room area

If having 8 kids and 21 grandkids has taught Mary Breslin anything, it’s to embrace change and expect the unexpected. So when her son Tim suggested moving from her house in Wilmington, Del., to Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., she kept an open mind.

‘Let’s do it’

“Four of my kids live in Maryland, and they were always getting on me to move closer to them,” says Mary. “My son Tim has a friend whose mother lived at Oak Crest, and she loved it. Tim mentioned it to me, and I agreed that one weekend we would go and see what it was like. Until then, I hadn’t really thought about moving. I loved my house and had a lot of friends there. But once I saw the community in person, I thought, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Mary relied on her daughter Maureen, who lives in Maryland, to act as the go between in her search for the perfect apartment home at Oak Crest.

“I wanted a one-bedroom apartment, and the only thing on my wish list was a balcony where I could have my plants and flowers,” says Mary. “Maureen went and looked at the apartments as they became available and narrowed it down for me. Then I drove down from Delaware and made the final decision.”

Mary chose a one-bedroom Ellicott floor plan with a balcony.

The Ellicott also features an open-concept living area, spacious kitchen, and three closets: a large walk-in, a linen closet, and a coat closet in the foyer. For every apartment home at Oak Crest, monthly and quarterly bills like electric, mortgage, property taxes, water, cable, and Wi-Fi are conveniently bundled into a monthly service package, allowing Mary to write just one check for living expenses each month.

“My apartment was completely renovated and brand new,” says Mary. “I was able to bring everything I wanted from my house, and what I didn’t bring I gave to my kids or donated.”

Everything you need

What Mary lost in square footage when she downsized from her three-bedroom house to her one-bedroom apartment home, she gained with Oak Crest’s 87-acre campus as an extension of her living space. And with amenities like an indoor swimming pool, six restaurants, a hair salon, bank, and walking trails right outside her front door, Mary decided to sell her car soon after moving to Oak Crest in June 2017.

“Since I was new to the area, I didn’t feel comfortable driving, which was fine because everything I need is here,” says Mary. “I use the fitness center. I take a yoga class on site. I’m in a few Bible studies. I love having my church right here in the community. And when I want to go off campus or shopping, I either take the shuttle, my grandkids pick me up, or I have friends who call and invite me to go with them.”

In fact, aside from being closer to her family, the friendships she has developed over the last two years make Mary feel right at home.

“I don’t have any trouble meeting people. God gave me that gift,” says Mary. “The people I’ve met here are wonderful! Everyone is so friendly. The first week I was here I was coming out of church, and two ladies came over to me and invited me to dinner. We’ve had dinner together every Friday night since.”

Explore your options

Because Oak Crest is nearly sold out, many of the community’s most popular apartment floor plans have a waiting list. The best way to ensure you get the apartment you want when you are ready to move is to join the community’s priority list. A fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee are all that is required.

Once prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority date. As apartment homes become available, priority list members receive first choice based on their joining date. Priority list members also receive exclusive invitations to luncheons and special events at the community.