Vera Ballard is the personal moving consultant for Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a free service offered exclusively to Charlestown priority list members designed to help them sell their homes.

It’s spring! The flowers are blooming! The birds are singing! The basement is waiting? Yes, that’s right! The basement you have been avoiding for the last decade, stuffed with things from the last thirty years is calling your name. More and more Baby Boomers are tackling the job of downsizing their living spaces.

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.

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?

Sales Event Coordinator Brian Turnof is just one of the experts you’ll have an opportunity to meet when you attend an informative luncheon at Charlestown.

If you love good food, great company, and are curious if a continuing care retirement community is right for you, attending an informative complimentary lunch at Charlestown is an easy, pressure-free way to explore your options.

Charlestown Executive Director Clara Parker and Associate Executive Director Nathan Blumberg accept Top Workplaces awards on behalf of the community’s team of more than 1,200 employees.

Karen Parker wasn’t surprised to find that Charlestown made The Baltimore Sun’s 2019 Top Workplaces list. As Senior Human Resources Manager for the Catonsville-based community managed by Erickson Living, Parker knows first-hand what sets Charlestown apart.  

Charlestown's bird-watching group, the Birdbrains, have observed Baltimore orioles' nests near Charlestown's lake.

According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR), the most comprehensive survey of wildlife recreation in the United States, there are 47 million bird-watchers (birders) nationwide. Rick Jones is one of them. 

Wayne and Linda Smith chronicled their move from Glen Burnie to Charlestown in a PowerPoint presentation on downsizing designed to help prospective residents.

We’ve all heard the expression, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” The same can be said when it comes to downsizing. When trying to organize and declutter a house you’ve lived in for 30, 40, or even 50 years, the key is to start small. Experts will tell you, it’s a process that takes time and patience. 

Eileen Lewis moved from Severna Park to Charlestown in Catonsville in 2018 for a worry-free lifestyle.

When it comes to home design, there are two types of people: those who want a home that is turnkey and those who prefer to put their stamp on it. Eileen Lewis is the latter. 

A woman vacuums her floor, getting the space ready for visitors and prospective buyers.

The ball has dropped, the holiday decorations are put away, and although the weather outside is still freezing, if you’re thinking of moving to a continuing care retirement community, now is the time to begin preparing your house for the spring real estate market.  

Matt Dougherty took on the role of sales manager at Charlestown this spring. Dougherty shown here with his wife Shelly and three children: Taylor, Ryan, and Drew.

Known for his malapropisms, New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” That’s one way to describe Matthew Dougherty’s experience as the new sales manager at Charlestown