Overnight option

Prospective Oak Crest residents try before they buy

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March 26th, 2020
Oak Crest Sales Associate Alyssa Himes (right) coordinates tailored overnight stays for prospective residents as part of the community’s Live the Life program. Carol Heinlein (left) participated in the program before moving to Oak Crest.

Oak Crest Sales Associate Alyssa Himes (right) coordinates tailored overnight stays for prospective residents as part of the community’s Live the Life program. Carol Heinlein (left) participated in the program before moving to Oak Crest.

Like test-driving a new car or tasting the samples in a grocery store, most people enjoy the opportunity to try before they buy.

At Oak Crest, those interested in the Parkville, Md., Erickson Living-managed community, have a chance to do just that through the community’s Live the Life program, an initiative that gives prospective residents a firsthand look at the Oak Crest lifestyle. 

With Live the Life, Oak Crest priority list members have the opportunity to spend one or two complimentary nights in a well-appointed guest apartment. Included in their stay guests can enjoy cuisine in any of the community’s eight on-site restaurants, as well as access to activities and amenities like the swimming pool and fitness center. During their stay they also meet the residents who already call Oak Crest home.  

“The Live the Life program is designed for any priority list member who wants to experience what it would be like to live at Oak Crest,” says Sales Associate Alyssa Himes. “You’ll be able to access all of the same amenities and services our residents enjoy every day.” 

Guests work with Himes to customize their Live the Life experience based on their preferences and interests.

“Once you confirm your stay, I’ll ask you a few questions so that I can arrange for you to experience the amenities, clubs, and activities you are interested in,” says Himes. “I’ll then put together a binder loaded with information specifically for you, including a personal itinerary for each day of your stay. It’s completely up to you whether or not you want to follow it or do things on your own. There is no chaperone, it is more of a self-guided experience. However, we will arrange for you to have lunch or dinner with our resident ambassadors or, if you prefer, dine with friends who call Oak Crest home.”

See yourself here

For Harford County resident Carol Heinlein, a retired nurse, the Live the Life program was the deciding factor in choosing Oak Crest as her new home. 

“I had attended many events and presentations at Oak Crest, so I was already familiar with the community and I thought that the Live the Life program would be a great way to see what it’s like to actually live at Oak Crest. It’s really as close as you can get to the real thing,” says Carol. 

Carol stayed overnight in the community’s one-bedroom guest room, an apartment style similar to the one she now calls home. 

“I wanted a large one-bedroom with a patio. Live the Life gave me a taste of what it was like to live in the community. By staying in the model apartment and paying attention to how they placed the furniture, I was able to envision where my own furniture would go,” says Carol. 

Himes says the program is a great way to familiarize you with the campus itself, which can be very helpful when it comes time to select the location of your apartment. It’s also a great way to meet people who have already gone through the moving process.

“Current residents are a wealth of information and can speak from experience and give you feedback about what it’s really like day in and day out,” says Himes. 

According to Himes, the feedback regarding the Live the Life program has been overwhelmingly positive. 

“I think people enjoy meeting others who live here and getting an insider’s view of what it’s like to live at Oak Crest,” says Himes. “For many people, it is the last piece of the puzzle.”

As for Carol, she moved into her new one-bedroom apartment in November 2019, four months after participating in the Live the Life program, and hit the ground running. 

“I can’t think of anything I miss about living in my house. I have met so many people here who moved from Bel Air and Harford County,” says Carol. “I’m very active. I do aerobics and Zumba. I’ve attended a meeting with the genealogy group here at Oak Crest because that’s one of my hobbies. I plan on attending some of the dances here in the community. The bulletin boards are just filled with so many things that are going on around here at Oak Crest. There are a ton of things, you can just take your pick. Or if you are someone who is not very social and just enjoys doing your own thing, you can get involved in as little or as much as you want.”

See what you’ve been missing

Thinking about Oak Crest for yourself? Live the Life is one of the many benefits Oak Crest priority list members enjoy. Whether you see yourself moving to Oak Crest in several months or several years, joining the priority list is the best way to guarantee you’ll have a home once you’re ready. 

All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a nonrefundable processing fee of $150-per-person. The day you join the priority list then becomes your priority date. This gives you preference over everyone else that joins after you, so you can secure your favorite apartment when the time is right.