Eleanor and Charlie Barr, posing here in their home, moved from a 55-plus community to Maris Grove because of its full continuum of care.

Once you’ve decided to downsize and move, you have another big decision to make: Should you choose a 55-plus community or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) like Maris Grove?

Bette Alburger enjoys Maris Grove's landscaping beauty year-round but especially loves the large pond with its three fountains, a fishing pier, and picnic pavilion.

Anytime Bette and George Alburger gaze out of their large kitchen or living room windows, they’re treated to one of the loveliest views at Maris Grove. A large pond with three fountains, a fishing pier, and picnic pavilion create a stunning still life.

Maris Grove community members recently enjoyed a day trip to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, N.J. Laurie Tipton (center) is the special trips coordinator for the Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa.

A sign outside Laurie Tipton’s office door bears the title of Dr. Seuss’s classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It’s an apt choice for Maris Grove’s special trips coordinator, who’s keeping community members and priority list members on the go with fun, educational day trips.  

The Fairmont is a two-bedroom, one-bath home, with a spacious kitchen and living room

Berrie Grossman spent 20 years at Hershey’s Mill, a premier 55-plus community 20 minutes from Maris Grove. She liked the location, the lifestyle, and the proximity to her son, a dentist, and daughter-in-law, a judge, in West Chester, Pa. She had no plans to leave, ever.

Warner Knobe is seen here in front of a beautifully landscaped garden and park bench at Maris Grove.

When Warner and Diane Knobe started thinking about moving to a retirement community, they had three must-haves: maintenance-free living, plenty of activities, and, above all, real value for their money. 

Dick Kendall grew up at  Winterthur, where his father was on the dairy staff.

Route 52 between Delaware and Pennsylvania puts you at the heart of du Pont country. This picturesque rural road contains the family’s most iconic estates, museums, and gardens: Hagley, Nemours, Longwood, and Winterthur. 

The Connectors cochair Barbara Gobrecht (left) and Senior Manager of Resident Life Todd Sullivan work together to welcome new community members to Maris Grove.

For many new community members, moving to Maris Grove is like a permanent vacation. Eager to enjoy an active, worry-free life, they dive into clubs, activities, and dining out. Others, who need a bit more time to settle in, will find a number of groups to help them make friends and participate in activities at their own pace. 

Lindsey Bonaventure is one of two sales counselors at Maris Grove.

Lindsey Bonaventure calls Maris Grove a special place and says she feels grateful to spend her days here. “The community is unlike any other,” she notes. “Everyone is so friendly and says hello as you pass them in the halls. The residents and staff are so welcoming. You immediately feel as if you are part of something meaningful.” 

The founders of Maris Grove’s Clean and Healthy Eating Group (clockwise, from upper right) Dr. Marie Russell, Joel Roisman, Mary Jeannette, and Dining Director Joseph Guidetti.

Ask any Maris Grove neighbor what they like most about the community, and you’ll often hear, “the delicious food.” With six restaurants to choose from, residents love the freedom to enjoy tasty meals with friends, without having to cook.