Yesterday I learned about a somewhat new senior/over 55 community. It wasn’t in a new building, but it was newly renovated. So I called the manager and yesterday afternoon I drove the several miles from here to visit it.
We’re talking about the kind of place where you come in one door and walk to your apartment down a hallway. Not like where I live here.
It’s one of those all inclusive places where you pay one price for everything. Around $1500 for a one bedroom, a somewhat scary number to me. But much cheaper than others I’ve called about. And you could get a studio for $1350. Both with a kitchenette.
The huge courtyard they’re designing and building will be quite the bonus feature. If you wanted to live with a view of the courtyard, the prices went up to $1620 for a studio and $1800 for a one bedroom. I would not pay those prices.
But their prices include everything: rent, utilities, phone, basic cable and internet. And 3 meals a day. Doors are locked to outsiders at 5 p.m. and there’s campus security. I’d feel very safe there.
The largest apartment was just over 455.4 square feet. The studio apartments were 336.6 square feet.
There are 42 units over 3 floors, and only 10 residents so far fill up most of the first floor.
If I could move now I could probably get the model apartment they use to show everyone on the first floor. She even said I could have a small fence on the little patio built for Charlie.
But I’m not quite ready. Finger surgeries begin in less than 2 weeks. So it’s possible they could fill up the other units.
Charlie will be 15 in September, so there’s that to keep in mind. I don’t want to think of life after Charlie. It’s heartbreaking to even mention. But something I know I’m facing at some point.
The Phenomenal Courtyard Being Built:
They already had a really big pond set up in the courtyard. They were adding the finishing touches and landscaping around it. They’re planning on putting 60 koi in the pond. It was breathtaking.
Most of you probably don’t recall, but when I lived in Texas I had a beautiful in ground pondless waterfall. Really it was the only thing I hated to leave behind. I so loved the sound of the water tumbling over the rocks. But that was 10 years ago.
I wouldn’t want to leave everything I’ve worked hard to grow and build behind if I could help it. Not to mention the furniture out on my patio.
If I got an apartment with a small patio or balcony, I could use maybe a chair and some pots from my patio. And what I didn’t have room for they would be welcome to use for their courtyard.
The manager seemed very accommodating. She knows that I have the gardening and design know-how to help care for their courtyard. Perhaps we could make a deal in that respect.
I like the area where it is located. It’s close to everything right in Tulsa’s coveted midtown area. And I like the idea of being able to still garden without doing the heavy stuff myself.
The only disadvantage was having to use the building’s laundry facilities instead of having my own. That was really the only downside I saw.
Weekly Cleaning If Desired:
Oh, did I forget to mention that someone would come in once a week if you asked and clean your apartment for you?
Well, yes, there’s that. Wouldn’t that be nice when your back is hurting and your fingers are out of commission?
Is It An Appealing Idea To You:
Would you live someplace like this? Well I think it may be in my future. I’ve looked and looked at alternate housing till I’m cross-eyed.
I’m paying a month-to-month lease now because my next door neighbor is moving the end of June. And no telling who that manager will put in next to me. So I’m keeping my options open ended in case I have to move.
I’m kind of in a conundrum. Other places I’ve checked are way too expensive for me. Or I make too much money and exceed the income limits.
While I’m blogging, I exceed the income limits because I make about the same blogging as I get in social security. Although blogging income is very sporadic due to many factors like Google algorithms, etc.
There are two brand new places in the Tulsa Metro area, but in little towns on the outskirts of the city. However every one of them is income based. Not HUD, but income based somehow.
My Large Patio Has Been A Bonus:
I love my patio, yes. But I’m tired. My back aches and my fingers are a mess. And I’m having more trouble with lifting and moving things out there with my ankle.
I’m more limited these days than when I moved in here over 7 years ago. And the owners and management here leave everything to be desired.
I’m weary of being around younger people, even though it’s pretty quiet where I’m located. I’d rather sit in rocking chairs with the old folks, so to speak.
Truly Small Space Living:
Decorating a small apartment, and possibly a small patio or balcony, would be a challenge for me. But I truly love a challenge.
I’d have to come up with even more decorating and storage ideas on how to live a full life in a small space. But I might actually enjoy that.
I’ve done about all I can do here. And I don’t trust the owners or management to take care of things. Not at all. This place will fall down around us before they spend any money to keep it going.
So we shall see. First thing, surgery on two fingers begins on June 3.