(From left) Susan and Walter Blake review the blueprint of their new apartment home at Wind Crest with Custom Interiors Coordinator Leanne Stark, who helped them redesign their space.

Walter and Susan Blake may have moved from a large, lakeside home in Evergreen, Colo., to a two-bedroom apartment at Wind Crest, but by borrowing design ideas from their lake house and customizing their new space, they say it feels like home.

Susan Cable smiles here at her piano at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

A professional pianist and professor of piano at Metro State for 34 years, Susan Cable has devoted her life to music.

Alice and Joe Knox upsized from a 40-foot motor home where they lived and traveled North America for 14 years, to a two-bedroom Hayden apartment home at Wind Crest, in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Have you ever considered ditching everything you own and traveling across the U.S. in a motor home? 

For many people, just downsizing to an apartment from a single family home is a feat. But in 2005, Alice and Joe Knox sold or donated the majority of their belongings, sold their house in Laurel, Md., and set off on a 14-year tour of North America in their 40-foot motor home.

The Petyon apartment style is beautifully appointed with a blue couch and matching curtains, as well as decorative tables.

With the holidays around the corner, many retirees are scheduling personal tours at Wind Crest with their families. The Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., offers tours by appointment and hosts special events like holiday luncheons. 

Astronomer and author Richard Edgar poses with his telescope in the den of his Newbury-style apartment home.

Richard Edgar has a lot in common with his neighbors directly below him in Wind Crest’s newest residence building, Prospect Crossing. 

Marcia and Jerry Anderson moved to Wind Crest with their six-year-old Cavachons, Teddy Bear (Teddy) and Tiffany Love (Tiffy) from New Hampshire. They’ve all made new friends in their new home.

Teddy Bear and Tiffany Love (Tiffy) wait patiently as their mom places one treat on each paw and one on their noses. She leaves the room. They wait. She comes back. They wait. Finally, she gives them the command to eat, and they happily release from their poised pose and gobble their treats in an instant. 

After a long career at Lockheed Martin, Diana Martinac enjoys having more time to volunteer at Children’s Hospital, just five minutes from her and her husband’s home at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

When Rick and Diana Martinac walked into Wind Crest eight years ago, they were too young to move to the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community. But they weren’t too young to start planning for their retirement. 

Self-taught photographer Jean Willey captures the unique shelf displays around Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., using a Canon G1X Powershot with a 12.5–62.5 mm zoom lens.

Walk the halls of Wind Crest, and chances are you’ll run into a woman toting a Canon G1X Powershot with a zoom lens around her neck. That’s Jean Willey. She connects neighbors through digital photography.

Creative connection

Sandy Shelpuk is one of two sales counselors at Wind Crest, and two of her daughters also work in the community—Emily in finance and Niki as a concierge.

Due to the overwhelming demand for Wind Crest’s maintenance-free lifestyle, the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community welcomed an additional sales counselor, Sandy Shelpuk, to the team.