Greenspring Provides Financial Stability and Peace of Mind for This Couple

Kelly Shue
June 14, 2024
Greenspring residents

After living in a three-story, five-bedroom house for more than 20 years, Daunton "Woody" Kees and Deborah Wharton were more than ready to rightsize their living space. 

"Our four children are grown, living with their own families, so we no longer needed a large house," explains Woody. "Plus, the house had become a money pit. We were tired of dealing with all the repairs and upkeep. It was just too much for us."

Drawn to the maintenance-free apartment homes at Greenspring, the Erickson Senior Living community in Springfield, Va., the couple contacted Sales Counselor Arzo Haider to look at the financial options.

"We are both retired and have pensions and social security," says Woody. "When we met with Arzo, she walked us through the finances and the options available to us. We were interested in a two-bedroom apartment home. She showed us that, financially, it was within our reach!"

Solid investment

Woody and Deborah selected the popular Hastings, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath floor plan. Because the previous resident had lived in the apartment home for 20 years, the rooms would be fully updated--with their input--at no additional cost. 

"Arzo helped us through the entire process," says Woody. "Deborah especially enjoyed selecting flooring, cabinets, and countertops. We moved into a brand-new home with upgrades that would have cost us thousands of dollars to complete in our old house."

The couple also discovered that, with the help of Greenspring's moving professionals, the cost of moving was much less than anticipated.

"By using one of Greenspring's recommended real estate agents, we sold our house above asking price without making any unnecessary updates," says Woody.

Predictable costs

Even after their move, Woody and Deborah continue to reap many financial benefits. 

At the heart of Greenspring's pricing structure is the monthly service package, which bundles all utilities, except a cell phone; a meal plan at seven on-site restaurants; maintenance, including repair and replacement of appliances; regularly scheduled transportation; and more into one predictable cost. 

"The monthly service package makes life easier. I write one check for the month and I'm done!" says Woody, who appreciates not having to worry about seasonal maintenance like lawn care and snow removal. "It was so nice to give away my lawnmower, snow shovels, edger, floor buffer--all of the stuff you need to maintain a house."

Also included in the monthly service package is access to the community's amenities, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center with a pool, new pickleball court, medical center, and performing arts theater.

More outside your door

And with more than 170 resident-run clubs, groups, and committees, Woody and Deborah have a wealth of opportunities to meet new friends--only adding to the value of their investment. 

"We've found it easy to meet new people," says Woody. "We first started making friends while enjoying dinners in the restaurants on campus. Sitting with neighbors, eating fabulous food, and learning more about each other is a great benefit of life at Greenspring. And the waitstaff is fantastic!" 

As a member of the Greenspring Book Club, you'll always find Deborah with a good read in her hands. Woody, a regular at the on-campus fitness center, has his exercise routine down pat. 

"Because our apartment home is close to Village Square Clubhouse, we are just steps away from the theater," he says. "We enjoy attending many of the live performances."

Executive Director Melissa Robson notes that these amenities continue to evolve over time to meet the needs and wants of current and future residents. 

"We're always looking for ways to add value to the community for our residents. Recent capital investments have been dedicated to maintaining Greenspring's vibrancy by refreshing aspects of our three clubhouses," she says. 

Easy living

As much as Woody and Deborah appreciate having financial stability, nothing beats the peace of mind that access to Greenspring's continuing care neighborhood provides. 

"Although we're healthy now, there is a possibility that we may need a higher level of care," says Woody. "That's one of the many reasons why we chose Greenspring. We know that whatever we need, now and in the future, it is available to us here. That gives us and our children tremendous peace of mind."

As the couple looks forward to celebrating their first year at Greenspring this summer, Woody, Deborah, and their four kids couldn't be happier with their move. 

"Life at Greenspring is, like my kids say, 'easy peasy,'" says Woody. "It's even better than we could have imagined!"

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