Q: How did you start the process?
A: I remember (Bill) said, "Tell me 10 things that you want." He didn't just take me around and said, "I'm going to show you five places." He really listened. I was not in a hurry. I was glad I worked with him.
Q: How long did you look for a place?
A: I looked twice. Two years ago I started to look. I think I was concentrating on Peachtree Street (in Buckhead). Peachtree Street was a bit busy for me. But I wanted some accessibility into the city.
Q: Why did you like the condo you purchased?
A: The open space. I'm in my kitchen, and I can see the dining room and the living room and outside to (Interstate) 285. You don't feel like you're trapped in a condo space. We have 10-foot ceilings, which give you the height and make you feel like everything is bigger.
Q: What must-haves did the condo offer?
A: I wanted an open concept kitchen with up-to-date appliances. I wanted gas, and this has gas. I did get a stainless steel Viking refrigerator. I wanted a fireplace. This has a fireplace.
Q: What amenities in One River Place were important to you?
A: I wanted security with either a gate guard or some type of gate. It's maintenance free. I like to call it, lock it and I leave it. I should have done it years ago.
Q: How did you downsize?
A: Most of the furniture was sold. I was able to move my dining room set and some of the light fixtures that I really, really loved. The only new piece I bought was the sofa (from Bassett).
Q: How did the move change your lifestyle?
A: It's more relaxed because I'm not concerned about scheduling the termite inspector, the landscaping, taking out garbage, getting carpets cleaned on three levels.
Q: Are you involved in activities offered by the community?
A: In fact today we had a dance class (in The Meeting House). We did the Brazilian hustle, the Wobble, a little samba, a little salsa. At least once a month we have a party of some sort.
Q: What advice would you give others seeking to downsize?
A: If they have a couple of good friends in condos, take them up when they say, "Come see my place." It made me realize, "Well sure, I could downsize. I could get rid of some of these clothes in the closet that I'm not wearing anyway." When you have an attic or a basement you tend to keep everything. You could buy a storage unit if you really have some boxes that you don't want to discard.
At a Glance
Pat Lottier’s new condo in The Sanctuary at One River Place has three bedrooms and a den, two full and one half baths, and about 2,100 square feet. She purchased it in June 2013. Condos in The Sanctuary at One River Place have sold in the $400,000s; the community also has townhomes and additional condos.