A: I’ve wanted to downsize for 10 years since my husband died because we lived in a big five-bedroom home. While hosting a family reunion this summer at my house, the air conditioner went out and I knew I needed to get out. I came here to look at the community and signed the papers that weekend.
Q: How did you start looking?
A: I first looked at this neighborhood when it was being built but didn’t want to move in during the economic downturn and be in a unit off by myself if the community was at a standstill. The community is really taking off now, even some of my friends are moving here.
Q: What were your priorities?
A: I wanted to be close to the Atlanta Athletic Club and my old neighborhood. I also wanted to downsize. I like to travel and being able to close the door with the comfort that I can leave it. Plus, I wanted to stay close to my son who lives in Oakwood (about 40 minutes away) and have a place that is big enough for the kids to come visit.
Q: What do you love about the house?
A: I love my sunroom with the screened porch. At my old house, I had a front porch where I sat all the time. I like having a place where I can look out, see the people and be outside. My granddaughter also likes to use the bonus room upstairs for a getaway to play on the computer and watch TV.
Q: How was this different from previous purchases?
A: It was a piece of cake before because my husband did most of the work. This was the first time I bought anything huge like this on my own, and it was stressful. When I was younger, moving was fun. This time, it was tougher to determine what to move and what would fit. I sold and got rid of so much. I’ve become a minimalist now — it’s very freeing.
Q: What advice do you have for senior buyers?
A: You’ll know you should move when the time comes. Try not to stress out about it. You’ll find the right place at the right time.
At a Glance
Nancy Cuthbert’s new home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,000 square feet. Homes in Brookhaven at Johns Creek range from the low $300,000s to low $500,000s.