Brighton offers best of both worlds

Charlestown’s most popular floor plan lets you enjoy a worry-free home in an amenity-rich community

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March 19th, 2020
Mary McHale moved into her one-bedroom Brighton apartment home at Charlestown in 2019 in search of a maintenance-free lifestyle. She's seen here, wearing a pink sweater, standing in front of a refrigerator covered with magnets.

Mary McHale moved into her one-bedroom Brighton apartment home at Charlestown in 2019 in search of a maintenance-free lifestyle.

Has the house you once adored become more of a headache? Have you grown tired of cleaning and heating an oversized house when you’re only using two or three rooms? Are you living alone and having a hard time meeting people who share your same hobbies and interests? A modern, maintenance-free home in an amenity-rich community might be the answer you’re looking for. It was for Mary McHale. 

In 2019, Mary moved from her three-bedroom, two-bath house in Halethorpe, Md., to a maintenance-free one-bedroom apartment home at Charlestown after she grew tired of the stress of maintaining her home and the worries that came with living alone.

“I was living in a house about 10 minutes from Charlestown. I had more space than I was using and there was all the upkeep and maintenance that went with it. Repairs were always in the back of my mind, along with the worries like what happens if the electricity goes out in the middle of the night,” says Mary.

Instead of simply downsizing to a smaller house or a condominium, Mary decided a continuing care retirement community made the most sense and began exploring her options.  

Her first stop: Charlestown’s Home Expo, a bi-annual event that allows prospective residents like Mary to get information about moving and selling their house, and experience the lifestyle, tour apartment styles, and meet people who already call the community home all in one place.

“The Home Expo gave me a good overall idea of everything that was available here,” says Mary. “I liked the fact that Charlestown was maintenance-free and provided me a home for life.” 

Initially, Mary thought a two-bedroom apartment would meet her needs, but after attending three or four events, she ultimately decided on a one-bedroom Brighton floor plan. 

Smart choice

“I started out thinking I wanted a two-bedroom because my sister visits me for two weeks every year,” says Mary. “But the more I thought about it, I decided it didn’t make sense to pay for an extra bedroom that would only get used a few weeks each year.”

The Brighton is the perfect size for many who want the freedom of living independently, without the wasted space and costs of owning a big home. Features like an open floor plan, large picture windows, a private balcony or walk-out garden patio, modern kitchen, full bath, and walk-in closets come standard with the Brighton. 

“The Brighton is the right size for me,” says Mary. “It’s a good size bedroom. I have my queen size bed, a chest of drawers, a dresser, and my cedar chest in the bedroom and there is still plenty of room. In the kitchen, I have a breakfast bar where I love to eat.” 

Mary also hired Charlestown’s Custom Interiors department to install hardwood floors in her living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The in-house service offers a wide variety of options to personalize your new home, including crown molding, custom closets, upgraded lighting and flooring, custom paint, and custom window treatments.

Aside from plenty of space, the Brighton’s most popular feature continues to be the community itself that is an extension of every apartment at the Catonsville campus. Every apartment at Charlestown comes with quick, easy access to a long list of amenities, including the on-site medical center, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, seven restaurants, the historic Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, television studio, woodshop, salon, as well as outdoor gardens, a lake, bocce courts, and walking trails. It was that amenity-rich lifestyle that initially caught Mary’s eye. 

“Charlestown had so much to offer when it came to amenities and programs,” says Mary. “I lived by myself in my house for over six years after my husband passed away and that’s a lonely life. Here I can step outside my front door and socialize or attend an event. I use the fitness center every morning. I have gone to movies and concerts here on campus. I’ve eaten in all the restaurants. There is something for everyone here, that’s for sure.”

First step

To find out more about the Brighton and the many other apartment floor plans available at Charlestown, call 1-800-481-0935 or go to

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 list 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 in the community. 

If she could do it all over again, Mary says she wouldn’t change a thing but offers this advice. 

“If you are planning on moving within the next five years, start downsizing and removing junk now, so that you can take your time and you are not doing it at the last minute. I had stuff down in my basement that I didn’t even know I had,” says Mary. “The one other thing I would suggest if you are getting ready to move, is to attend a class or an event on downsizing. You will be glad you did.”