1. Plan for the far future
You don’t want to downsize twice. That cute cottage with the garden might look ideal now after a big family home, but you may not be able to cope with stairs and weeding in 10 or 15 years. There’s also the fact that you may not be able to make a quick move if your circumstances change – the waitlists at Cottonwood Manor are at least six months.
2. It might be emotional – but it might not
It’s a big change to leave the home where you’ve raised your family, so you can expect to feel sad, but Dickson says that’s not always the case. “I’ve been surprised many times when people have moved to Cottonwood and left a house that they’ve lived in for 40 years or more. They come with the attitude that they want to make the most of it – they’re happy to be here,” he says.
3. Size matters
Downsizing is all well and good, but no one wants to live in a shoebox. “The good news is that our apartments are bigger than most – our one-bedroom places are at least 790 sq ft, in comparison to some newer builds where the apartments are just 500 sq ft,” says Dickson. There are also two-bedroom suites of up to 1,300 sq ft, and everyone has a balcony or patio. Each suite comes with a storage locker too that can accommodate larger furniture that you want to store, deep freezes or rarely used items.
4. Think about what’s nearby
Every apartment at Cottonwood is allocated a parking space, though there’s a waitlist for underground parking, but everything you need – grocery store, coffee shops, and even McArthur Island – is walking distance away.
5. Consider the things you like to do
Make sure you find a new home where you able to do the things you want to do, whether that’s enjoying nature, or taking an exercise or special interest class at North Shore Community Centre. “You don’t stop being yourself, just because you’ve retired,” says Dickson.
Cottonwood Manor is at 730 Cottonwood Avenue. For more information, visit Cottonwoodmanor.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-376-4777.