An Ideal Home Near their Family

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Having led active lifestyles throughout their nearly 50 years of marriage, Ed and Joan Allen knew where they wanted to spend their future together.

“We moved to Florida to enjoy the retiree’s life so to speak,” said Joan.

While the couple raised their five daughters, Ed served as part of the metropolitan police department and eventually worked for the Washington Redskins for 25 years. The Allens were enjoying their Florida property and venturing out on their boat, but they soon missed their family. With three daughters living in Warrenton and Gainesville, they knew they wanted a maintenance-free lifestyle near their loved ones.

The couple then did their research and noticed one building in particular that was being constructed in Gainesville. After taking a look, the Allens had found exactly what they had been searching for in a home, an active adult community.

“My husband and I are in our 70s and are still interested in several things,” said Joan. “We didn’t need nursing assistance and wanted to be around people of like mind.”

It has been a year and a half since the Allens moved into that building, now known as The Marque at Heritage Hunt, and they are enjoying every minute.

“I wasn’t sure how I was going to adjust to apartment living since we had always lived in a house, but my husband and I say this is like a five-star resort,” said Joan.

For the couple, there is never a dull moment at this five-star resort. They enjoy using the exercise room and taking advantage of the available massages. Whether it’s glancing through a book in the library, socializing at a poolside cookout or super bowl party or winning a game of Bingo, residents can engage in a variety of activities. “They have everything here,” said Joan. “The staff is wonderful and is always thinking of things to do.”

While one does not even have to leave the community because of all its available amenities, the Allens like the fact that a van can take them on errands.

And as they had intended, the couple is surrounded by others they can relate to. There are different age groups and Joan said some individuals in her building still work.

“We also like the security here, you just lock up your place and go,” she said. “We have passes to get in so it’s a very safe environment.”

With endless social opportunities and a sense of security, the couple can say they truly are living the ‘retiree’s life.’ “We chose this particular area to be near the kids, we were just very fortunate this was here and lucky to find it,” said Joan.

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