A Difficult Decision Pays Off

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For Pat Bernardini, the decision to sell the family home was not an easy one. Through 51 years of marriage with her husband, Allan, there were many memories from raising their two children in their large four-bedroom home.

But maintaining the house was becoming too much work, and the couple knew it was time for a change. “Down the road, you know it’s going to be difficult, so we thought let’s make the move now while we’re able to think everything through,” said Pat.

Allan had retired from his 38-year career as a tax collector and had spent over two years with the Motor Vehicle Agency. With her enjoyment of working with children, Pat had retired from teaching after 29 years.

Retirement for the Bernardinis, however, does not mean stopping your pursuits. Allan has volunteered for the local school board and coached Catholic Youth Freshman Basketball.

“He currently volunteers once a month to cook and serve a senior lunch for approximately 200 people,” said Pat.

Meanwhile, she enjoys reading, decorating, cooking and gardening. Pat also does Pilates and plays Mahjongg with friends at least once a week.

When it came to moving, the Bernardinis wanted a home where they could continue their active lifestyles and most importantly, stay in the area near their children. While speaking with friends, they learned about Brendale, an active adult community in Cumberland, NJ.

While they were attracted to the high-quality construction of the homes, Brendale’s small community was another appealing factor for the Bernardinis.

“We were able to continue on and be very happy with this change in such a well-built home,” said Pat. “Doug Lord of Parrish Construction has been extremely helpful and easy to work with.”

Now Pat said the couple has been able to continue their various activities while enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle. “Everything here is taken care of for us; there are no lawn or leaves to worry about,” she said.

Like many of their fellow residents, they have the freedom to come and go as they please. Pat and Allan have carried on the tradition of visiting their beach house every summer with their family.

Although a major transition can be hard, the Bernardinis are just one example of individuals who have found the perfect fit for their current lifestyles.

As Pat said, “It’s really an active community.”

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