DITCH HOME MAINTENANCE FOR GOOD
Instead, fill your calendar with lifelong learning, friends, fitness, events, shows, parties, great food and year round Tucson sunshine.
“I was always thinking of getting myself in a situation during retirement where I didn’t have to worry about the responsibilities of maintaining a property. So, that was basically one of the reasons why we started to look around.” – Herb Tinow, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET HERB TINOW, A RETIRED NEW YORK LAWYER WHO MOVED TO THE FOUNTAINS WITH HIS WIFE, LIANA, WHEN THEIR ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE FELL SHORT OF THEIR CAREFREE RETIREMENT EXPECTATIONS.
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 Herb Tinow on Monday, August 7th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Herb is a native New Yorker and Liana hails from Naples, Italy. Married in 1998, they were living in historic Gramercy Park in Manhattan when they purchased a home at Sunflower in Marana. Tucson had won their hearts for its ample sunshine, good healthcare, intriguing culture and robust university. As a beader, Liana enjoys Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show. When Herb retired in 2005, they moved to Sunflower full time but Herb quickly grew tired of homeowner responsibilities. After carefully assessing the environment, residents, staff and administration at three different communities, they moved to The Fountains last year and made fast friends. Now Liana loves teaching beading through Watermark University and Herb enjoys being treasurer of the Holiday Fund. Content to have traded homeowner headaches for a much fuller social life, they intend to stay for good.
THE ART OF RETIRING WELL
Retirement in an “active adult” community sounds active all right, that is until you have to spend all your time and hard earned cash on home repairs, property taxes, utilities, dining out and fueling up your car to go into town. If you’re like Herb Tinow, you know there must be a better way to retire well. And you’ll find it if you just look around. Herb did and discovered that independent, maintenance-free living at The Fountains is a better value and a lot more fun. “The rents here are not low but people have to understand the value of what they are getting for what they are paying…if you are in reasonably good health and you enjoy living amongst other people, this type of retirement situation is probably the best, actually.” – Herb Tinow
A PRIVATE LIFE IN GOOD COMPANY
At first, Herb and Liana lived in a one-bedroom apartment while they waited for a casita to open up. During that time, they enjoyed Town Center dining and social hours with new friends. Within six months, they were settled in their 1,200 square foot, maintenance-free casita, enjoying the carefree retirement lifestyle of their dreams. They both take advantage of outings, fitness classes and much more. “…we happen to be in a casita that is at the end of the line so we have windows on all four sides of the apartment. And we have views of the mountains and the raw desert. We are very close to the Ocotillo Clubhouse which has a pool. So, the situation for us is almost ideal.” – Herb Tinow
There are plenty of options when it comes to retirement communities and no two are alike. It’s important to plan ahead. Take the time to visit more than one community, stay for lunch, talk to residents and experience the atmosphere fully. Then choose well. “We have met many, many people here. We have established very, very good relationships with neighbors. We are happy with the food, the staff and everything else. I can’t say anything bad about The Fountains. It’s an excellent organization and we look forward to living out our lives in this location.” – Herb Tinow
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Herb and Liana 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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