Easy decision

Gambrills couple finds Charlestown has everything they’re looking for

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October 22nd, 2019
After attending a home expo, Jim and Joanna Mallon decided to sell their house in Anne Arundel County, Md., and move to Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville.

After attending a home expo, Jim and Joanna Mallon decided to sell their house in Anne Arundel County, Md., and move to Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville.

Joanna and Jim Mallon know a good thing when they see one. Just five months after attending a home expo at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., they sold their house in Gambrills and started enjoying the worry-free lifestyle they had been searching for. 

“We were looking for a community that fits our lifestyle,” says Jim. “We had friends who moved here, and we decided to check it out for ourselves.”

“The minute we walked through the door at Charlestown, everyone had a smile on their face and would say hello to you,” says Joanna.  

The Our Lady of the Angels Chapel and the on-site fitness center and swimming pool were attractive features to Joanna and Jim. 

“We are very active in our church, and we were also members of LA Fitness before we moved,” says Jim. “Having those amenities right down the hall was important to us. Besides that, we liked the fact that you can access all of the amenities and activities without going outside.”

Looking to downsize from a three-bedroom home, Joanna and Jim originally had their sights set on a one-bedroom with den apartment. But after attending Charlestown’s Home Expo and touring a number of apartments, they had a change of heart. 

“We discussed our needs and desires with the sales team and decided we wanted something bigger. They showed us a two-bedroom apartment that had already been sold,” says Jim. “We really liked it and found out they had a similar apartment under renovation. It was everything that we wanted in an apartment. The minute we walked through the front door, we said, ‘We’ll take it!’ It was just beautiful.” 

Plenty of room, fewer worries

The Mallons chose the Fairmont, a two-bedroom, one-bath end unit. The Fairmont floor plan features an eat-in kitchen with ample counter space. The airy living-dining room combination makes this the perfect place to entertain. The master bedroom features a large walk-through closet, enough space for a king bed, and a private en suite bath. The second bedroom is a great flex room, ideal for guests or an office. 

“The floor plan is perfect for our needs,” says Joanna. “We use the second bedroom as Jim’s man-cave. He has plenty of room for everything he enjoys. And I really like the fact that our apartment is easy to clean. I start and work my way through, and in 30 minutes, I’m done. If I don’t feel like cleaning or I don’t have the time, I call housekeeping, and they come up and do it for me.”

With help from Charlestown Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard, their move was streamlined and stress-free.

“The real estate people we contracted with through Charlestown told us how to prepare our house for sale, and we followed their instructions to the letter,” says Jim. “Our house was on the market for 14 days before it sold.” 

“Vera and the Charlestown sales team were a godsend. They pulled everything together for us. They have the entire moving process down to a science. It’s amazing. They help you with everything along the way,” says Joanna. 

A happy anniversary

This August, Joanna and Jim celebrated their third anniversary at Charlestown. They are resident ambassadors for Charlestown, regulars at the fitness center, and Jim likes to swim. He is also a member of the Charlestown Sluggers, the community’s competitive resident-led softball team. Joanna volunteers as a visitor with friends and neighbors in the community. 

“Before we came to Charlestown, people would tell us we were too young to move here,” says Jim. “They have the misconception that a community like Charlestown is a nursing home. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have neighbors who have gone on cruises, and when they come back, say they don’t know why they left because living at Charlestown is like being on a cruise every day.” 

When asked the question, “Do you miss anything about living in your house?” Joanna replies with a definitive, “No!” 

“Looking back, living in a house is a lot of stress,” says Joanna. “You have to worry about the weather and shoveling snow or mowing grass or dragging your garbage out to the end of your driveway. For example, last winter we were volunteering at a marketing luncheon. Just as the luncheon was finishing up, it started to snow. You could hear all of the visitors chatting, worried about the weather. We sat back and said, ‘Look how pretty it is!’ That’s the difference. You don’t have to worry about that kind of stuff living here.”