“Canterbury Common – The Right Move for Karen and Tim”
Summer, 2010 was decision time for Karen and Tim English. Their neighbourhood in Uxbridge was changing and so were they. It was time to downsize and seek a new neighbourhood more in keeping with their own lifestyle, and they began their research with Tim’s cousin who was also a real estate agent.
Adult lifestyle communities were not their first choice. “I had never considered living in a senior’s community”, admits Tim. “I had the wrong impression of Adult Lifestyle Communities at first.”
Almost by accident they stumbled on Canterbury Common in Port Perry, where they now live, and Tim quickly shed his wrong impression. Karen vividly remembers their first slow drive around the winding streets of individual homes in a beautiful golf course setting. “People actually waved to us,” says Karen. “We were amazed. From Day 1, we were made to feel welcome. It was like discovering a whole new family.”
As with many adult communities, the residents were a mixture of age groups with retirees living by side with people who still had careers. Tim and Karen had retired early from active working lives and after a vain attempt at running a tea-room for a short while, looked forward to a quiet, friendly community.
Tim has already been highlighted following his passion for antique clocks and classic cars and Karen was able to use her IT experience to help manage the community website.
“We were possibly the youngest couple in the community,” explains Karen,“ but we soon made friends with all age groups.”
Canterbury Common has its own Board of Directors, and they are democratically elected with two-year terms. “We find it enormously empowering to have a say in the running of our own community,” says Karen. “The residents are responsible for the club house, the pool and all shared services.”
The social life of the community appealed to Karen and Tim. “You can be as private as you want,” says Tim, “or you can join in activities that suit you.” He has been in two theatrical productions where his classic car had been featured, and Karen took up ballroom dancing and playing Mahjong.
It was the right move for Karen and Tim English, and they have no regrets.
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