The living room of Maris Grove chorus director Beryl Stephens’ apartment home easily accommodates her baby grand piano.

Beryl Stephens found her perfect place last summer when she moved from Wallingford, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County.

Frank O’Brien, who lives at Maris Grove and writes for NeighborNews, holds a photo of the Norman Rockwell illustration accompanying “Blacksmith’s Boy,” one of 11 short stories his father had published in The Saturday Evening Post.

When Frank O’Brien moved from Lake Monticello, Va., to Maris Grove in 2016, he left homeowner and yard care responsibilities behind. 

Because Frank detests everything about yard care, he’s happy that Maris Grove’s general services department rakes the leaves and clears the snow.

The kitchen in the two-bedroom Fairmont model apartment is both gorgeous and efficient. It features updated granite countertops, vinyl plank flooring, and stainless steel appliances. The model also functions as a smart home.

Apartment makeovers are under way at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s senior living community in Delaware County, Pa.  

In response to consumer tastes in apartment living today, Maris Grove began updating the finishes and appliances in its model apartment homes.

Joe Abelson, shown here working at his computer, chairs Maris Grove’s financial advisory committee.

Maris Grove’s financial advisory committee plays a vital role at Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa. The five-member committee acts as a conduit of financial information between management and the people who live at Maris Grove.

As a volunteer with the entertainment committee, Maris Grove community member Sarah Foreacre sells tickets to campus performances given by outside groups.

Sarah Foreacre grew up in Delaware County, Pa. So when she moved to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, she was coming home.

The MyErickson app opens to a collection of icons that will take community members to information about every aspect of life at Maris Grove.

When you want to accomplish something quickly and easily via the Internet, “There’s an app for that.”

Erickson Living retirement communities, including Maris Grove in Delaware County, Pa., have an app now too. Called MyErickson, it became available for download to community members’ desktop, laptop, or tablet computers earlier this year.

Maris Grove resident Lyn Johnson reaches for a title from her collection of 100 videos by Professor Elliot Engel. She shows them in the community’s Redwood Commons theater as part of a literary lecture series.

Erickson Living’s mission statement, “We share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life,” is well reflected at Maris Grove, its retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Maris Grove community members lead special-interest groups, volunteer on and off campus, and literally share their hobbies and collections with their neighbors.

A talented cook whose passion is bread baking, Carol Broadrick puts the trend-setting kitchen of the Broadricks’ home at Maris Grove to frequent use. Her husband John awaits a sample from Carol’s fresh-baked challah loaf.

John and Carol Broadrick loved their 2,800-square-foot house in the beach resort area of Lewes, Del.

But as the grandkids grew up and visited less often, and a replacement roof loomed in their future, they started thinking about shedding home maintenance concerns—“in about two years”—for carefree living at a retirement community.

In his artist’s studio, the great room of his apartment home at Maris Grove, Stephen Smith displays a teardrop-shaped mountain dulcimer he built using exotic Bubinga wood.

"I looked at other places, but there was no comparison to Maris Grove,” says former Smyrna, Del., homeowner Stephen Smith. “It was geographically well located and had amenities I wanted, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a meal plan so I don’t have to cook.”