Nancy & Graeme Thompson
Nancy & Graeme Thompson selecting finishes with our Interior
Designer, Liza Brenchley
Joyce & Geoff Newman
Joyce & Geoff Newman, newlyweds just five
years together, met in the pool at their condo. The Newman’s
love condo living – for the past 13 years living at the Sands,
they can’t imagine looking after maintenance and upkeep of a
single family house. After Joyce’s first husband died she lasted
3 months maintaining the large house and grounds. Having
downsized to condo living, Joyce and Geoff understand the
advantages of a maintenance free lifestyle. “We’re looking ahead
– we know that our condo can’t provide for our future needs. Our
current condo is lovely but does not have certain features found
at The Gallery, such as the generous size bathrooms, walk-in
showers, and comfort height toilets. Hopefully our genes are in
our favour as both Geoff and my parents are going strong – we
think this smart design will only enhance our ‘retirement
years’. Right now we’re in the process of finding a place for
‘mother’ … I won’t put my kids through that – as soon as we
heard about The Gallery I said to Geoff – this is for us! We
were one of the first to sign up, with limited options in
Georgetown, we knew we wanted a new condo, with the Bennett
Centre as sponsor, this was a winning combination”. says Joyce.
“People ask us why we are moving – you’re so
young they say – we say it’s not a retirement home – come to the
meetings, see for yourself, we’re looking forward to our new
neighbours – everyone’s great.” The Newmans can’t wait to select
their finishes as they decide together on how to decorate. Geoff
had moved into Joyce’s condo once they got married – The Gallery
will be their first home together.
loves the idea of walking trails “I go … I’m on the go all the
time” with 3 grandchildren under the age of 5 – I try and give
my daughter some down time. Geoff is still working, an
electrician by trade. He’s looking forward to volunteering for
habitat for humanity, and working as a ‘handy man’ at The
Gallery. He likes the idea of being able to help those who may
not be so handy with a hammer or drill! Geoff is also President
of Norval Bowling League, and looks forward to hosting parties
in the common area. The Guest suite will come in handy for
relatives as all Joyce’s sisters and brothers live in the
States. Joyce and Geoff plan to join the Gellert Centre to
continue their swimming and look forward to the fitness centre
at The Gallery to keep active. Avid readers, they are saving
books to donate to the library and looking forward to getting
involved with social programs. Most of all the Newmans look
forward to the construction start – scheduled later this year.
“We can hardly wait!” exclaims Joyce.
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Cyril & Helen Metler
Longtime Georgetown residents Cyril and Helen
Metler, are about to celebrate 49 years together, both retired
CIBC bankers see The Gallery as a good investmen and look
forward to a new lifestyle. “If anyone listens to the news, to
what’s going on out there they realize prices will accelerate as
time goes on … it only stands to reason,” says Helen.
They bought their Varley suite last October
at pre-construction prices. The Metler’s are familiar with the
Life Lease concept due to first hand experience with Cyril’s
mother who lives in a Life Lease community in Welland.
“Since 1997, Mom’s been there, it’s turned
out very well. We’ve seen what’s happened with those resales, in
Welland, a smaller market experiencing high appreciation on
resales. By the time the last phase was built, everything was
sold, with a healthy waiting list and increasing resale values
it has been a sound investment. Georgetown is a conservative
community, unfortunately a lot of people have to see ‘proof in
the pudding’ before they buy,” says Cyril.
Cyril has sound advice for those fence
sitters “people should realize you should do it while you can
make your own decisions. There’s a lot you can take with you.
“And there is also a lot of (stuff) you don’t need!” replied
Helen. “Our children are very supportive, they have seen what
happened to their grandparents, they don’t want us to experience
the same”. Cyril remarked he is bringing his golf clubs, an avid
golfer, Cyril enjoys playing golf with his sons.
Helen just had full knee replacement, and
with a two storey home, and looking at the other knee to be done
in the near future, she is looking forward to no steps no stairs
living at The Gallery.
“We have a fair amount of property, and like
to keep this looking nice. This is a lot of work for Cyril. Plus
we have a timeshare, 5 weeks at a home resort, we enjoy
traveling, The Gallery is a lifestyle we are looking forward
“I am really pleased with the suite layout.
Two sets of patio sliding doors off the main bedroom and living
room, plus a window in the bathroom is a bonus! We’re just
really looking forward to seeing the shovel in the ground!”
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