When Charles and Janice Stanier decided to “retire,” they chose a large waterfront home with acreage and a pool, anticipating that their adult children and grandchildren would spend time there swimming, jet-skiing on the lake and riding horses.
With two of their children living in Indiana and one in Georgia, visits to the couple’s home in Kentucky were less frequent than they would have liked. “What we found was that, for two or three times a year, it was very expensive,” Janice says.
“Looking to the future, we new we wanted to be close to one of (their children), and we knew we didn’t want to go north,” Janice says. “So here we are!”
A Realtor showed them numerous homes and communities that were, according to Janice, “always the same thing – too large, no neighbors or not enough privacy.”
When they discovered Windsong’s Somerset community in Woodstock, they were impressed. “The location was excellent – perfect for me,” Janice says. Having amenities already built was another plus. “There were fewer things ‘promised,’ and more things already in place,” she says.
“We’re walkers,” Charles adds, and the community’s sidewalks and quiet streets appealed to them. “It’s safer for the grandchildren, too.”
A self-proclaimed small-town girl, Janice prefers not to drive on highways when she can avoid it. Their home at Somerset is convenient to all of the shopping and entertainment opportunities the couple needs, without having to drive too far. “There’s everything, and I can get to it comfortably,” she says.
“And there’s at least six sports bars!” says Charles, a retired coach, who also cites easy access to excellent medical care as an important factor in their decision.
The couple enjoys a relaxing pool, complete with a rock waterfall, in their courtyard. And the view from their dining room is reminiscent of the eleven years that they owned horses, with a well-kept horse-farm next door.
“When our granddaughter was here, she took horseback riding lessons,” Janice says. “Charles stood in the back of our house and watched and waved!”
With the right combination of amenities, floor plans and location, Charles and Janice are enjoying their new home at Somerset. “It’s private if you want it to be, not private if you don’t want it to be,” Charles says. “It’s everything we wanted!”