DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S SHOCKING?
Discovering that you actually love worry-free living in the right retirement community when at first you couldn’t even imagine it.
“Friends were surprised when all of a sudden after four years we were going to sell our big home over in Mission Hills, beautiful lake, fairways, beautiful mountain views and we were going to downsize. Downsize and let a landlord take care of some of the responsibilities.” – Cheryl Kemptner, resident of The Fountains at The Carlotta
MEET CHERYL AND GEORGE KEMPTNER, A FUN-LOVING COUPLE WHO MADE THE RIGHT MOVE AT THE RIGHT TIME.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Cheryl and George Kemptner on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A Georgia transplant, Cheryl worked as an executive assistant for several large California corporations while George built a reproduction business after 20 years with Xerox. After meeting in 1996 they married, traveling frequently to Germany to look after George’s widowed mother. After finally situating her in a senior living community, a stressful situation for all concerned, George and Cheryl moved to the desert from Laguna Niguel to begin enjoying their own retirement. Last year, wishing to altogether avoid the experience of George’s mother, they situated themselves in a spacious casita at The Fountains at The Carlotta. Now, in addition to playing pinochle and mahjong with old friends, they’re enjoying new friends and a whole new, worry-free lifestyle.
GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Staying too long in one’s own home can quickly escalate into big problems. Don’t wait until you feel “ready” to begin your preparations. Get ahead of the curve. Explore your retirement living options early and secure your future before it arrives. “At first it was a little difficult decision for me because I didn’t know whether I was ready for that type of change. However, we had a serious talk one time and decided that, hey, wait a minute, our life wasn’t going to change all that much. We were going to have the same friends, we were going to continue doing the same things that we were doing and so it wasn’t really that different, outside of downsizing from about 2,700 feet to 1,250 square feet. And that didn’t bother me too much…” – George Kemptner, resident of The Fountains at The Carlotta
FRIEND FILLED LIVING
It frightens Cheryl to look back and imagine isolated living in the absence of their snowbird friends. At The Fountains, they enjoy lively dinner conversations year round, George has his man cave, Cheryl calls Bingo and they even rekindled their Kentucky Derby Party tradition, now that entertaining is so easy. “This community has the most wonderful personalities and such interesting people with backgrounds and careers that we would never have met otherwise. That has been such a joy for us. Every night we go to dinner and dinner is not 20 minutes with me and George sitting in our kitchen. It’s an hour and a half to two hours sitting with someone different every night.” – Cheryl Kemptner
LOCK YOUR DOOR AND GO
Another delightful aspect of living worry free is locking your door and leaving to travel as you wish. “We just returned from a three-week vacation back east and while we were gone there was no worry about our house, there was no worries about anything here in California. That just never even entered my mind. Whereas in the past when we would take three- to five-week vacations we always had some kind of concern, ‘I wonder if the water line to the washing machine has broken?’” – George Kemptner
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Cheryl and George in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-760-600-5904 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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