The Jackson

A spacious floor plan with versatility

Created date

July 31st, 2020
Jo Paoletti loves her apartment home’s spacious eat-in kitchen. She's seen here enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out her kitchen window.

Jo Paoletti says she loves her apartment home’s spacious eat-in kitchen because she and her husband Jim enjoy cooking.

Find your dream apartment floor plan at the Riderwood community

When it comes to selecting an apartment home at Riderwood, community members can choose from among a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom units. Whether you’re looking for a dine-in kitchen, a bright sunroom, or a private covered patio or balcony, one of the stylish independent living apartments at Riderwood will likely appeal to you.

One of the most popular senior living floor plans at Riderwood is the Jackson, a two-bedroom, two-bath corner home with a spacious eat-in kitchen. Riderwood Sales Counselor Debbie Brumbach says the Jackson apartment homes are 1,066 square feet.

"Residents love the airiness and brightness of the apartment,” she says. “They feel it’s just the right size and adequately fits their needs.”

There are 163 Jackson apartment homes at Riderwood, but Brumbach says there are typically only three to five of them available at any given time. Being positioned on a corner means the Jacksons have extra windows and an abundance of natural light, making them ideal for gardeners and artists. 

"It’s the smallest two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, so people like the price point if they are looking for the space but not looking to spend a lot,” Brumbach says.

Case in point 

Jo and Jim Paoletti moved into a Jackson-style apartment home at Riderwood in March. They chose their unit because of the natural light and because the living space could accommodate their piano. The home already had many of the finishes they wanted, including hardwood floors in the living area. They worked with the Custom Interiors department to personalize the space with new paint and window coverings. Their home’s spacious eat-in kitchen was also a big selling point.

"We upgraded both the range and the fridge,” Jo says. “We do like to cook.”

Jo and Jim use their second bedroom as an office. Jo spent her career as a fashion history professor at the University of Maryland, teaching courses such as the history of costumes, psychology of dress, and fashion, and consumer culture. She retired about three years ago but still works on research, so it’s convenient to have a dedicated office space at home. Jim worked for Woodward & Lothrop designing display windows and then for Ikea creating display rooms.

Jo and Jim previously lived in University Park, Md. They had been on Riderwood’s priority list for ten years and had friends already living at the community, so they were familiar with everything it has to offer.

After living in their house for 35 years, Jo says they were getting tired of having to climb the stairs to get the laundry in the basement and were no longer interested in spending energy on house repairs and improvements, so they started exploring lower-maintenance living options.

"We were looking at options in our neighborhood. There are houses all on one level, and we thought we would move to something like that and then to Riderwood later,” Jo says. “But moving is not fun, so why do it now and have to do it again later?”

The experience of assisting their own parents also motivated Jo and Jim to move to Riderwood sooner rather than later. Jo says she is grateful that she and Jim were able to go through the downsizing process together while they are both still in good health rather than waiting to move at a time that they might need to rely on their children.

"To me, it was [the] best thing we could do for our kids,” she says. “A lot of people say, ‘You’re too young,’ but this is the time to do it.”

Embracing community life, virtually

The Paolettis moved to Riderwood just a few days before most of the country began sheltering in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. In-person meetings and events were, of course, on hold at Riderwood, but Jo and Jim were able to use technology to begin getting to know their new neighbors. Jo is tech-savvy and actually taught computer classes at Riderwood through the community’s continuous learning program before she became a resident. Since moving in, she’s been helping some of her neighbors get set up on Zoom so they can stay connected while staying at home. Jo also joined a resident-run book club, which was meeting on Zoom during the pandemic. 

"I’m meeting such amazing people here—people who were in the military, people who worked for the State Department, professors,” Jo says.

Jo also started a virtual group for new residents to get to know one another over Zoom. Staff members from different departments joined the Zoom meetings to help the new community members get acquainted with life at Riderwood and walk them through things like how to use My Erickson, a free digital app that provides residents with easy access to all kinds of information, including maps and phone numbers, messages, dining menus, activity calendars, transit schedules, local directories, and staff information.

"We’re trying to replicate what would have happened in new resident orientation,” Jo says.

Jo and Jim spent their first couple of months at Riderwood settling into their new home and getting to know their neighbors online, but they were looking forward to enjoying everything the community has to offer as the country slowly reopens. Jo was excited to begin swimming in the heated indoor pool at Riderwood’s on-site fitness center and joining some of the resident-run clubs.

"I am also a big movie fan, especially [Hindi] movies,” she says. “There is an international film group here, and I am interested in getting together with them.”

Senior living done right at Riderwood

If you’re looking at independent living apartments for seniors, Riderwood’s vibrant senior living community may be the perfect fit for you. Request a brochure or a visit today.