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.

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.

Bill and Fran Myers didn’t need to be sold on Wind Crest. They had been on the priority list since before Wind Crest was open and, on their recommendation, several of their friends have moved to the 

Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community over the years.

Dee O’Donnell sits surrounded by some of her kid-friendly “props” she uses when telling stories to local schoolchildren.

“Turn on your imagination. Open your ears. Zip your mouth, lock it with a key, and put the key in your pocket.”

That’s how Dee O’Donnell starts every storytelling session in which she spins a cunning tale with words and interaction, but never books, to children in preschool through second grade.

This rendering of the updated Fly’n B Café shows metal and natural wood accents to reflect an aviation theme.

The Fly’n B Café, a casual, station-style restaurant at Wind Crest, will reopen soon with a new, aviation-inspired look; more efficient traffic flow; upgraded equipment; and other updates.

Darla (left) and Ben Schwartz say one of the best things about living at Wind Crest is that someone else does the snow shoveling. Meanwhile, their active lives continue uninterrupted.

Summer is in full swing but not everyone has shaken that winter chill. Friends of mine returned home from a New Year’s trip to burst pipes that wreaked havoc on their home and lives for months. In late April, they were still fixing drywall, painting, and waiting on replacement furniture.