LIFE ISN’T ALL RAINBOWS AND BICYCLES
Nevertheless, Jack and Libby are still enjoying their panoramic views from both their spacious casita and their tandem bicycle saddles.
“We have enjoyed the monsoons in this casita because we have such a huge big panorama before us and we can see all the big huge clouds and the winds all coming towards us. And great huge rainbows, it’s been wonderful.” – Libby Melville, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET JACK AND LIBBY MELVILLE, TANDEM CYCLISTS WHO RIDE THE LOOP FROM THE FOUNTAINS DOWNTOWN TWICE A WEEK.
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 Jack and Libby Melville on Friday, July 20th, 2018. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Jack and Libby met in high school in Chicago and raised four kids in Rochester, where Jack worked for Xerox. They moved to Sun City Oro Valley in 1997, participating faithfully in hiking, cycling, square dancing and bridge clubs. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary as residents of The Fountains at La Cholla. Twice a week these vigorous 87-year-olds ride their tandem bicycle 30 miles out and back on the Loop, which is accessed just down the hill from their two-bedroom casita at The Fountains, their home since 2017. Since taking up the tandem in 2002, they’ve accumulated about 83,000 miles!
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Nobody can predict what the future holds; you only know what you’re capable of doing today. Why not take charge of your future before you can’t? Jack and Libby were Sun City residents for 20 years before moving to The Fountains and they watched too many neighbors wait too long. In fact, they watched one neighbor sell his home from a hospital bed. They undertook their move while they still had the energy to accomplish it. Now they’re enjoying it together. “Well, I guess to be honest, we had just come to the conclusion the time had come to take the next step. Health was declining and I was concerned that if something should happen to me, Libby would be alone, having to do all the work of downsizing and selling a house and we thought we would like to have that behind us.” – Jack Melville, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
ENJOYABLE RESORT-STYLE LIVING
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy all the years ahead, it’s time to explore your retirement living options. In Jack and Libby’s case, their 1,230-square foot casita comes with unobstructed views of the Catalinas and the freedom to live just as they wish. “I came to the conclusion after doing some interviewing that it’s really like a big hotel. There are meals provided and some limited transportation for medical but it’s basically people saying, ‘We are here to encourage you to do what you want to do. We aren’t forcing anything on you, we’re just a resort hotel.’” – Jack Melville
IT’S YOUR TURN TO LIVE WORRY FREE
Many of Jack and Libby’s friends were returning “home” to live near family, so they decided to start a new chapter all their own. “When we moved here I said to Jack, ‘You retired years ago and now I’m retiring from cooking.’ And I don’t cook. We have breakfast and a very small dinner here but we eat out at the dining room for a big lunch. And if we decide we don’t want what I have planned or we don’t have anything, we go up and eat in the café.” – Libby Melville
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Jack and Libby 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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