In the great-room gallery of her home at Maris Grove, Joanne Lennon displays a self-portrait.

When Joanne Lennon moved from her large house of 51 years in Media, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, life got better. 

Joanne sold her house last May and spent the summer at her home on the Jersey Shore. She moved to Maris Grove in September, happy to begin living maintenance-free.

Maris Grove community members Charlie and Eleanor Barr (left) sit in the living room of their longtime friends, Pat and Bob Crowther (right). Bob built the display cabinet behind them.

Fast friends since middle school, Bob Crowther and Charlie Barr now are neighbors at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa. 

Bob and his wife Pat, and Charlie and his wife Eleanor, moved last summer when Maris Grove opened Redwood Commons, its third neighborhood.

Dot and Ron Baughman’s apartment home at Maris Grove provides an eat-in kitchen and features the white cabinets and appliances that Dot wanted.

She wanted an all-white kitchen. He wanted a garage.

When they moved to Maris Grove, an Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., from a 55-plus community in nearby Garnet Valley, Dot and Ron Baughman each got what they wanted.

Well-planned home

In their “cook’s kitchen” at Maris Grove, Carole and Dennis Swartz display some of the jams and jellies they made and sold at church fairs in Cape Cod.

For Carole and Dennis Swartz, moving last summer from Cape Cod to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s continuing care retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., made perfect sense.

Because Carole had developed vision problems, the move represented planning for the future.

Stan Ross assists his wife Adele as she prepares to work out at the fitness center in Maris Grove’s Redwood Commons Clubhouse.

Stan and Adele Ross’s opinion of Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s continuing care retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., can be summed up in four words: What’s not to like?

Grounds Supervisor Randy Waddell leads a group of residents on a spring plant walk at Maris Grove on Earth Day. (From left) Randy Waddell, Jo Roedel, Ruth Christie, Barbara Morrison, Ann Fleury, and Nancy Drew.

May is a beautiful time to visit Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Spring cleanup is complete and eight tractor-trailer loads of mulch have been applied. The 87-acre campus is abloom with spring bulbs; red, pink, and white dogwoods; and fragrant rhododendrons.

To brighten a dreary January day, Mike Guzzardi purchased armfuls of colorful flowers and distributed them to his neighbors at Maris Grove.

After Mike Guzzardi’s daughter spent a post-graduate school year in New Zealand and then moved to Center City Philadelphia, Mike realized he’d become a permanent empty nester and should move from his four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house in Springfield, Pa.

Pete Davisson at his home office in his apartment home at Maris Grove.

Still juggling a career and homeowner chores?

Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., offers distinct advantages to people who are employed or who have an extensive volunteer schedule.

(From left) General services staff Kyle Cromer, Nick Inverso, and Tim Lamanna join Maris Grove resident Al Holcombe (second from right), to pause and admire the map Al made from state license plates.

No sooner had Al Holcombe retired than he began the hobby he still pursues today.

Al, who lives at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., is a mapmaker, and a nontraditional one at that.