Woodleigh Chase, the new Erickson Senior Living community opening soon in Fairfax, Va., is getting ready to welcome its "pioneer" residents: the first retirees to call the community home.
Ann Levy, from Clifton, Va., is thrilled that she will be among them.
Two short years ago, "I wasn't even aware that they were building a new community--until a friend told me about it," Ann recalls.
She had driven past the construction site for months, never knowing that bulldozers were
tucked behind the tree line, clearing and preparing the land for Woodleigh Chase.
"After the Sales Center opened, they put up a big sign. As soon as I saw it, I stopped in," says Anne, who adds that she had been thinking about selling her five-bedroom house and moving into a condo--until she learned more about Woodleigh Chase.
Priority List perks
"I have a number of friends who live at Greenspring, [an Erickson Senior Living community in Springfield, Va.], but I wasn't sure I wanted to move there because my friends and activities are nearby," she says.
"Moving to Woodleigh Chase would keep me close to many things I already enjoy doing, so I was very excited to hear about the construction. I joined the Priority List right away."
The Priority List grants members right of first refusal on desired apartment homes, exclusive invitations to informational and social events, and construction updates. Ann has attended many of the seminars and events, allowing her to meet her future neighbors.
"It's been a lot of fun going through this process with other people who are also moving to Woodleigh Chase," says Ann. "I'm very active, so I was pleased to find that many future residents are also active. I look forward to playing mah-jongg, taking exercise classes, establishing a monthly Shabbat dinner with a few Jewish folks, and finding neighbors to travel with."
A well-timed process
After being dedicated Priority List members for many months, Ann and her mini goldendoodle Samson are ready to meet even more retirees--and their pet companions--who will be moving into the Fulton Landing, Emerson Square, and Stafford Glen residence buildings early this year.
"The idea that Woodleigh Chase is a new community is exciting to me," she says. "Everyone will be just starting out. My daughter says it will be like going back to college and having your friends right down the hall!"
To prepare for her transition to Woodleigh Chase, Ann reserved her desired floor plan in December 2022, sold her house in March 2023, and moved to a nearby apartment while she awaits her new home.
"I was tired of taking care of the house by myself, so I was ready to get it on the market," says Ann. "I'm grateful that I sold my house when I did because the hard part is already done."
Future residents are not the only ones excited about the Woodleigh Chase's opening. Planning and Moving Consultant Melissa Bates can't wait to get to know these retirees better and watch the community take shape.
"It's the people who create the culture and make our communities the vibrant places they are," explains Bates. "These retirees will definitely make Woodleigh Chase an engaging community!"
Ann encourages people on the fence about moving to Woodleigh Chase to stop in the Sales Center and find out more.
"Even if you're not interested in moving right now, get your name on the Priority List," she says. "Once you get your name on the list, if you decide you want to move, you're already one step ahead of the game."
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