HOUSE GOT YOU DOWN?
Isn’t it time to get out from under all those heavy homeowner responsibilities and start enjoying your retirement?
“Trying to keep up the inside of the house and clean windows and take care of the yard and things of that nature, it just began to get tiresome for me.” – Karl Bollnow, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET KARL BOLLNOW, A FOUNTAINS RESIDENT WHO STARTS EACH DAY WITH A TWO-MILE RUN.
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 Karl Bollnow on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
In addition to running daily at age 87, Karl enjoys reading, bowling and dining with friends at The Fountains, his home since May of 2014. Originally from Chicago, Karl left the Navy after three years in 1949 and met the love of his life in a bowling alley, where else. In 1980, after raising four boys and working for a paper company and the Chicago Zoo, they moved to Tucson. Together, they enjoyed exploring all of Arizona’s small towns. When Lorraine passed away after 54 years of marriage, Karl was left with a heavy heart and a lot of housework on his hands.
LIFE AFTER HOMEOWNERSHIP
All your life you’re taught that your home is your castle. What they don’t teach you is that the time may come when you won’t want the responsibilities any longer. Back when you bought your first home, today’s wide range of options for retirement living didn’t exist. If you haven’t checked out retirement
living options lately, you owe yourself the favor. You may begin to see your next chapters in a whole new light. “The first six months that I lived here I knew more people here that I could talk to than I did in the area where I lived with my wife [since 1980].” – Karl Bollnow
CAN’T AFFORD RETIREMENT LIVING? THINK AGAIN.
Three years after losing Lorraine, Karl had had enough of the house and all the work that went along with it. When he told his sons, one of them said “I’ll buy it!” Karl hadn’t even thought much about where he was going to go. Then he remembered The Fountains. His brother-in-law, Gil, had driven them by it when it was first built. Seeing it from a distance, Karl recalled Lorraine asking about it. To which Gil replied “Yeah, Lorraine, don’t worry about it, you’ll never have to worry about living there because you can’t afford it.” The day he moved in, Karl remembers saying to himself, “Gilbert, thank you for being wrong.”
Karl gave up homeownership to become active in a different way. After running around the building six times every morning, he enjoys a nice breakfast, does a little reading or listens to some music and if he needs a hair cut or something from the store, he gets in his car and goes. He appreciates the housekeeping assistance. Every evening, he dines with friends. It’s an enjoyable way to live at any age. “I moved in and I don’t regret a day of it. I honestly mean that from my heart. I do not regret it.” – Karl Bollnow
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Karl over a drink in The Catalina Room or cappuccino in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-520-777-1413 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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