Peggy Bent smiles standing in front of a lake

When Peggy Bent visited Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., just southwest of Denver, she saw something much different from the other retirement communities she had researched. 

Judy Brookhart no longer worries about bad weather. Her life continues on as usual at Wind Crest, where a weatherproof lifestyle keeps her active and engaged.

What do you do when a snowstorm hits? Do you run to the grocery store to stock up on essentials? Do you spread ice melt on your sidewalk and driveway? Do you check the furnace? Do you prepare for a few lonely days?

That’s what Judy Brookhart used to do before she moved to Wind Crest.

Roger and Joan Chenoweth chose Wind Crest for its location, financial structure, and amenities. As soon as they saw the Jameson apartment home, they decided to move sooner than later. Here they stand next to one of Roger’s hand-built model ships.

If you were to walk into the second bedroom of Roger and Joan Chenoweth’s apartment home at Wind Crest, in Highlands Ranch, Colo., you’d be walking into a shipyard. 

Someone, in red pants and a grey coat who's face is off camera, shovels through deep snow.

Barbara Penningroth expects to live to 100. She has a long history of centenarians and nonagenarians in her family. And while it’s an exciting goal, she wants to be prepared for living that long. 

“My mother lived to 100, but she ran out of money,” says Barbara, who took care of her mother financially and physically. “I started thinking this could happen to me.”

Bill and Wendy Rahn smile together at Wind Crest

Wendy and Bill Rahn did what many people daydream of doing when they’re in a vacation destination—they retired there.  

Having wintered in Frisco, Colo., for more than 20 years from their home in St. Joseph, Mich., they started looking for a retirement destination in the Denver area.

Steve and Delores “Lori” Hessee chose Wind Crest for many reasons, one being its fee-for-service structure.

If I asked the question, “Why not choose Wind Crest?” I would have nothing to write about. When I ask, “Why did you choose Wind Crest?” the answers were so thorough and enthusiastic that we had to split the article into two installments.

Sales Counselors Molly Thorne and Tony Stephenson (not pictured online) can help you plan a personal tour of Wind Crest that is exactly that—personal.

For the next two months, Wind Crest’s sales office expects to be busier than ever with personal appointments. That’s because many people take advantage of having their adult children in town for the holidays to visit the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community.

Roger Metz poses in front of the Colorado landscape.

As Wind Crest prepares to open its newest residence building, Prospect Crossing, in early spring 2019, we turned to the people who call Wind Crest home to find out what makes this Highlands Ranch, Colo., community so special.

(From left) Dorothy Rognerud, Judy Brookhart, Carolyn Rike, and Jill Wallner meet for book club in Judy’s apartment home at Wind Crest. Having moved from Highlands Ranch, she still gets together frequently with her longtime friends.

Judy Brookhart doesn’t typically choose where she wants to live. Home has a way of choosing her. 

When she visited Breckenridge, Colo., to help plan her daughter’s wedding, she ended up loving the mountains so much that she bought a condo in Highlands Ranch and stayed.