A scene one of the Wind Crest restaurants. Residents are seated at white tablecloth covered dining tables, served by the dining staff.

When Pat Nottingham saw trash littering the banks of the creek in France near where she and her family lived from 1958 to 1968, she thought, “That would never happen in the U.S.” Yet, when they returned home, she found the same fate had fallen on the riverbanks at home. 

“That was the first time I became interested in environmental stewardship,” she says. 

Kathleen Capriotti loves not having to worry about shoveling snow or bundling up now that she and husband John live at Wind Crest.

Over the past decade, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who live at Wind Crest, the community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., developed and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. Among all my interviews, I’ve discovered seven common reasons people move to and enjoy living at Wind Crest. 

Diane Martinac is seen here in her home at Wind Crest. She is wearing a blue crewneck sweatshirt with her community name tag pinned to her chest. There's a set of wooden shelves behind her.

“I find that a lot of times when people retire, they don’t know what to do with themselves,” says Diane Martinac, who retired from Lockheed Martin after 39 years in configuration and data management. 

Jerry and Marcia Anderson, with their Cavachons Teddy Bear and Tiffany Love, had been on Wind Crest’s priority list for ten years when a brand-new apartment home in Prospect Crossing inspired them to move sooner from New England.

“There’s never been a better time to join the priority list at Wind Crest,” says Sales Counselor Sandy Shelpuk. “As we prepare to open two new residence buildings this year, Summit Square and Quincy Point, it’s so important to plan now to make sure an apartment home is available when you’re ready to move.”

Dale and Kay Tabor say moving to Wind Crest was a great decision. They enjoy staying active and tending to their colorful patio garden outside their apartment home.

Many people pursue new passions when they move to Wind Crest—like painting, acting, or TV production—but many others call on life experiences to continue their life’s work or return to something they haven’t had time for in years. 

The Jameson-style apartment home is the perfect design for entertaining with its expansive living room and open floor plan.

Wind Crest, the popular Erickson Living-managed community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., recently announced that a limited number of its “best-value” homes are currently available in the community’s original Town Center neighborhood. 

Without the burdens of a 2,000-square-foot house to take care of, Peggy Bent enjoys filling her time with activities like walking, biking, hiking, yoga, swimming, and socializing with friends.

A whole new year stretches out before us filled with promise. Think back over your lifetime to the intentions you’ve set at the beginning of each new year. Even if you’re not one to declaratively set an official New Year’s resolution, chances are you’ve noticed the shift in energy each new year brings. 

Ray Venoski (far left) and Sara Jo Light (far right) are raising funds to provide fresh water and cows to the villagers of Mbyo, one of six reconciliation villages in Rwanda still recovering from the 100-day genocide in 1994.

It’s 9:54 a.m. EST and my computer dings with an incoming email. The subject line reads “GoFundMe site.” 

My heart smiles. Sara Jo Light and her husband Ray Venoski are about to do something phenomenal—again.

‘What can we do?’

(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.