Just-right Brighton

Versatile floor plan among community’s most popular

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March 20th, 2019
Retha Clark is at home in her one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton-style apartment home at Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Retha Clark is at home in her one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton-style apartment home at Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Retha Clark had a home at Brooksby Village before she stepped foot in the Peabody, Mass., community.

“I moved from Ohio in 2009, and I knew I wanted a one-bedroom apartment,” says Retha. “My daughter lives in Medford, and I was moving to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. She toured apartments for me and chose a one-bedroom Brighton with a lovely view of one of Brooksby’s courtyards.”

Now, ten years later, Retha says she couldn’t be happier with her daughter’s choice. From the natural light streaming in through the large picture window to the generously sized living area that accommodates her dining table, hutch, couch, and chairs, the Brighton has proven to be a welcoming, comfortable home.

“The Brighton is one of our most popular floor plans,” says Sales Counselor Jane Kiegel. “It’s affordable, versatile, and has a great layout.”

Enjoying community life

Retha’s initial inclination toward one-bedroom options proved to be spot on, as she quickly realized the abundance of amenities just outside her front door.

“Everything I need is here,” says Retha. “The restaurants, the fitness center, the medical center, the gardens, the chapel. I’m involved in life at the community, so I spend a lot of time enjoying the amenities and activities. Sometimes the hours get away from me, and at the end of the day I come home to a cozy apartment.”

Retha’s list of on-campus involvements is extensive. She tends a garden space and is on the board of the Brooksby Village Garden Club. She serves on the Welcome Committee. She volunteers in Brooksby’s onsite continuing care neighborhood. She enjoys the community’s ecumenical offerings and participates regularly in worship services and classes offered by the pastoral ministries staff. She takes part in Brooksby’s Live and Learn classes, taught by resident volunteers with experience and expertise in their chosen subject matter.

“Brooksby is almost like a college campus with the variety of activities it offers,” says Retha. “I’ve benefitted from the overall lifestyle. My only problem is saying ‘no’ once my calendar is full.”

Sensible choice

From a financial and practical perspective, the Brighton’s proved its worth over the past decade.

“I knew I wanted an affordable one-bedroom apartment, and the Brighton met that criteria,” says Retha. “I’ve also had the benefit of predictable expenses since I moved in. I haven’t had to cover the cost of unexpected repairs or higher-than-anticipated utility bills.”

Even the physical footprint suits Retha’s needs.

“The volume of things I have in my apartment isn’t overwhelming,” says Retha. “My mother downsized, and I appreciated her efforts. I want to give my children that same gift. I’ve already given them a few meaningful items. My son has a clock that belonged to my grandmother, and my daughter has the quilts my mother made. I want them to enjoy those things now.”

Focus on family

Retha’s move to Massachusetts accomplished its purpose. She’s spent more time with her daughter’s family, attending cross-country meets and band concerts for her two grandsons, now teenagers. When Retha’s son visits from Florida, he’s comfortable in one of Brooksby’s well-appointed guest suites.

“I’ve hosted holiday meals for my family in my apartment,” says Retha. “I’m able to set a nice table and have the meal catered by Brooksby’s catering department. It’s a treat to spend time with my family and not worry about the cooking. I’m so glad I moved when I did.”