“The Aspire brochure says, ‘New Chapters Every Day.’ We are now enjoying that next chapter.”
– Keane Britton
Ten years ago, Keane Britton’s late husband Bill asked her what she might do if something happened to him. “Probably move next door to my sister,” she replied, not thinking at the time that it would become a reality. After Bill died and Keane retired, she and her sister Jane began thinking about what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives.
“There were certain things we knew for sure. We didn’t want to own a house. We didn’t want to invest our nest egg in a ‘buy-in’ fee at a continuing care retirement community. We wanted to stay in Richmond. And we wanted to live next door to one another.”
Keane started her search in the Richmond area when she read an article about a new community being built called Aspire at Carriage Hill. The community seemed to offer everything she felt was important, a Richmond location, social and fitness programs, dining and, most importantly, maintenance-free living. Intrigued, Keane called for an appointment.
“I was happy to learn the cost of living at Aspire was comparable to my current home, but without the maintenance and upkeep of owning a home.”
“I think I surprised them with my eagerness,” laughed Keane. “There I was, checkbook in hand, ready to commit if I liked what I saw.”
And she did. Keane and Jane were numbers 1 and 2 on the Aspire at Carriage Hill reservation list, choosing adjacent apartments on the fi rst fl oor. Always collaborators, the two sisters did their
homework and wrote down all their monthly expenses and compared them to the monthly rental fee at Aspire. Keane admits that downsizing from a large home to an 800-square foot apartment has its challenges. “A friend pointed out that while my private space is decreasing, my living space will actually be larger because of all the amenities available to me in the community.”
Keane is now enjoying the next chapter in her life.
To learn more about Aspire and see if our community checks all the boxes like it did for Keane and Jane, call (804) 286-1133 to schedule a visit.