The Benefits of Trading One Home for Another


When choosing their retirement home, Anne and John Hegwer searched for something similar to the ranch-style home they owned in Del Mar.

“We wanted it to be a good transition for us and a house that made us still feel at home,” says Anne. In 2009, the couple found exactly what they wanted at Redwood Terrace—a nearly 1,500 square-foot single-family home with a two-car garage. It also helped that in the corner of the yard stood a jacaranda tree.

“I knew we would have nice lavender blossoms,” says Anne. “In the end, it was more like moving from one house to another house, instead of feeling like we had moved from a house into a retirement community.”

One of the greatest concerns some older adults have when contemplating a move to a senior living community is the loss of the amenities (and space) that come with a single-family home.

“There are many who will say ‘I want to keep my garden,’ or they want enough space for their hobbies and treasures,” says Kay Keith, Redwood Terrace’s director of sales.

In order to broaden new residents’ housing options, over the past decade Redwood Terrace has purchased a dozen single-family homes immediately adjacent to the community’s main campus. Residents of these homes enjoy all the benefits of community membership, including access to social programs, fitness classes, on-campus dining, health care and other services.

While Redwood Terrace’s single-family homes are often smaller than the homes residents are moving from—two-bedroom residences range between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet—there’s still plenty of room to host family and friends, says Keith. “And you don’t have to get rid of as much stuff as you thought.”

For the Hegwers, the size of their residence was just right. “One thing that makes this house seem smaller than the one we lived in before is that there are two enormous walk-in closets,” says Anne. “But they’re just full of stuff.”


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