Spring is in the air at Windsor Run, an Erickson Living-managed community in Matthews, N.C. As the beautiful, 60-acre campus begins to bloom, the sales center is meeting with a record number of people interested in learning more about moving to this sought-after community.
"This spring is an exciting time at Windsor Run," says Director of Sales Ryan Barkley. "As we prepare to celebrate our second anniversary in May, construction proceeds on our continuing care community, Piedmont Outlook. Many people who have previously visited our campus, attended events, toured apartment homes, or met the people who live here, are eager to make 2020 the year they call Windsor Run home."
Whatever the ultimate goal, Barkley's advice is the same—join the priority list, the only guaranteed way to reserve a future home at the popular community. Currently, Windsor Run priority list membership is growing faster than any other time in history.
"The advantages of joining the priority list are many," says Kathryne Sanders, who moved from Sun City to Windsor Run with her husband Rob in 2018. "During our time on the priority list, we visited the campus at every opportunity. We met [Erickson Living's chief medical officer, Matt Narrett, M.D.] when he visited, helped plan the future dining menus, and met with members of the executive team. We also attended the downsizing seminars and the meet and greets with other future residents. We met a lot of people that way. It was fantastic. We had a network of people ready to reconnect with as soon as we moved in."
Simple and straightforward
Joining the Windsor Run priority list requires a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee.
When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority members based on their joining date.
There is no penalty should the preferred apartment home become available before a prospective resident is ready to move. It is simply offered to the next member on the list, and priority list status remains the same.
While Windsor Run was still under construction, Buck and Eileen Gatewood traveled to the sales center from the nearby Mayfield community to learn more the Erickson Living-managed community.
"We are so glad that we did," says Eileen. "We learned a lot about the plans for Windsor Run, discovering that Erickson Living communities strive for wellness and healthy independent living while providing top-quality assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory care. We liked what we heard and decided to join the priority list."
Time to explore
Once you are a member, the Windsor Run priority list offers an unbeatable gift—the gift of time.
As members, the Gatewoods not only reserved their place in line at the community but also enjoyed numerous opportunities to meet and talk with staff members and current community members at a variety of members-only events.
"One piece of advice that we heard from many of the residents we've met really struck a chord," says Buck. "And it was this: 'You should make the move sooner rather than later, so that you can really take advantage of all the good things that an Erickson Living community has to offer.' I strongly believe that our move to Windsor Run has freed up time in our lives to do more of the things we want to do."
Time to prepare
Another big benefit of joining the priority list is access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services and a team of experts whose number one priority is helping prepare homes for sale, finding the right real estate agents, downsizing, packing, and moving.
"Attending priority list events provided me with the opportunity to learn about the help the Windsor Run staff provided with downsizing, advice on what to bring, real estate assistance, and moving assistance," says Pat Bell, one of the community's first residents. "That help was invaluable."
Through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Bell enlisted the expert assistance she needed to sell her home and move her personal belongings.
"Everyone was wonderful," she says. "Prior to working with the Windsor Run team, my house sat on the market for 330 days. I received lots of visits but no offers. As soon as I turned things over to the Windsor Run team, everything changed. The preferred [real estate agent] came out to my house and took new photos and measurements. They suggested a few simple updates, nothing expensive. My house was listed on the market on Monday and sold that Friday. I was amazed. I am eternally grateful to these new friends."
Another benefit of priority list membership is access to the Live the Life suite, providing the opportunity to live on campus for a designated period of time. During their stay, guests enjoy access to the same amenities and services as current Windsor Run residents. They are encouraged to select activities that interest them—attend a club meeting, join residents for dinner, sit in on a lecture, or work out in the fitness center.
"We took advantage of the opportunity to stay in the suite when visiting our son Todd, who lives in Charlotte," says Joel Albaum, who moved to Windsor Run with his wife Maxine from New Jersey last June. "We had a very nice time and enjoyed the opportunity to speak candidly with people whose opinion as community members we trusted. They had wonderful stories to share about their life at Windsor Run."
Spring is in the air
Barkley encourages anyone interested in learning more about the Windsor Run priority list to schedule a visit this spring. Guests enjoy the unique opportunity to witness real life on campus and ask important questions.
In the last few weeks, priority list members enjoyed exclusive invitations to an Erickson Realty and Moving Services 101 class, a family open house, and a live demonstration by a member of the Windsor Run dining services team. Next month, members will enjoy a chance to meet future neighbors at the priority list orientation.
"This is an exciting time in the life of our community, and we are eager to share that excitement," Barkley says.