In these three video clips, Peter and Tricia share why they chose to live at OceanView, what moving into the community was like, activity and exercise offerings they enjoy here, and why, if you’re considering a move to a retirement community, the time is NOW!
“We were fortunate to have wandered into OceanView during what had started as only the first of several planned informational visits to various retirement communities. A number of things impressed us on our OceanView tour: clearly well designed and landscaped homes (many with solar panels), preservation of woods and a wetland for storm water management, a strong endorsement from a resident we ran into, and the friendliness and enthusiasm of the staff.
Years before we anticipated moving from our home of 46 years in nearby Scarborough, we made a spontaneous decision to put down a deposit on one of the new Schoolhouse Cottages, then existing only as an architect’s drawing. We enjoyed working with OceanView’s landscape architect to create a terraced garden on a south-facing slope, including fruit trees.
Prior to the move here, we appreciated the luncheons, Lobsterbakes and educational programs offering professional advice about staging and selling our home, downsizing and moving, as well as the chance to meet eventual new Schoolhouse neighbors.
We, and our children and grandchildren, are frequent users of the year-round pool, and Liz and I look forward to regular water volleyball practice! As a long distance cyclist, I’ve found the Falmouth roads to be safer and more varied than those around our Scarborough home, and I look forward to rides with other residents. OceanView’s Fitness Center allows us to workout in inclement weather, and this winter we even had the chance to skate with our grandchildren on the little pond below our home!
We appreciate the many OceanView organized occasions to meet others socially, and are pleased to have made friends easily, with folks whose life paths have been amazingly varied and fascinating. And we have welcomed the freedom from raking leaves, shoveling snow, scraping and painting our old farmhouse!”
~ Jim & Liz
“I felt an enormous sense of relief and peace my first few days in my beautiful apartment here at OceanView. I no longer had the responsibility of a large house and was now near my children. But in addition, I knew immediately that I had chosen a perfect community for me. The staff greeted me by name and made sure I felt welcomed. But best of all, I soon learned that the staff and residents were friendly, interesting and easy to get to know.
For me, my new life allows me the perfect mix of private time, social life, intellectual stimulation and physical activity. The health and wellness programs, food and transportation services have provided me with what I need to stay healthy and fit! Maintenance and Housekeeping staff keep my apartment clean and worry free. And help of all kinds is just a phone call away!
I am so happy and grateful to live here!” ~ Marcia
Hear more about Marcia’s experience living here at OceanView in our resident panel video: “The Best Decision I Ever Made.”
“When I decided to retire from my life of teaching and scholarship at Yale, Merle Marie and I had two great concerns: 1. selling a house we loved, downsizing, and coordinating a buyer’s timeline with moving into our newly built cottage, and 2. missing the rich intellectual and artistic life of the university in which we were immersed. Both fears evaporated with the friendly, competent, professional help of the OceanView staff and community.
We attended a number of events before the move that helped us put all the details of the transition in perspective. And once we arrived, we found ourselves enjoying the rich intellectual and artistic opportunities on campus and in the greater Portland area. I am an avid walker and cross-country skier, and to my delight I am able to do both on the beautiful OceanView campus, and both of us have relished lectures and films, ranging from an archeologist reviewing exciting new findings in the evolution of human beings to a series on Shakespeare’s plays.
Every day we give thanks that we moved here.” ~ Tom
“When I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of both the staff and residents, as well as the many opportunities to become a part of a very accepting community.
OceanView surprised me by giving me things I didn’t know I had been lacking. The quality of safety was immediately apparent. The staff is remarkable in anticipating needs and accommodations. The other factor is time. No longer having to worry about home maintenance has given me the precious gift of more free time, and OceanView presents you daily with an extraordinary array of choices to spend it, if you so choose. I can go to an exercise class, see a movie in the theater or just sit and knit.
I love it here.” ~ Jane
“Living in a retirement community is said to add as much as six years to your life. There is a great deal of evidence that would support the underlying lessening of stress when one is a part of such a community.
Consider our life at OceanView. This past winter had record breaking snowfall. But here our roads were plowed, driveways cleared, walkways and porches swept……all before we were out of bed.
Recently, our refrigerator lost cooling. A telephone call at 7:30 AM was taken by John on the maintenance team. John answered that he would be ‘right on it.’ In a very short time, he appeared with a temporary refrigerator and word that the appliance company was on its way. The problem was diagnosed, new parts acquired and the refrigerator was running the next day. As a consequence of this attention and the interim refrigerator, there was no spoilage of food, including a significant supply of Omaha steaks!
Can’t imagine this happening ‘off campus’ without OceanView’s clout and maintenance team. It is no wonder that we feel a bit spoiled and have a warm, comfortable feeling at OceanView.” ~ Jack
“My decision to move to OceanView has proved a brilliant one! Now in a new community of caring friends, with the numerous activities offered, and Portland’s vibrant art and music scene only a few miles away, I feel very fortunate indeed!
I am very proud of the Blueberry Commons apartment I designed and absolutely love it. Plus, the staff could not be more helpful. It is a win-win situation.” ~ Joan
Hear more about Joan’s experience living here at OceanView in our resident panel video: “The Best Decision I Ever Made.”
“We decided to move to OceanView because we wanted to simplify our lives and be part of a vibrant community. At OceanView, we discovered a group of accomplished, interesting people and a myriad of activities to keep us healthy and engaged.
We left large gardens that were becoming unmanageable; now we’ve created even more beautiful gardens around our cottage that are actually a joy to tend.
The year-round pool is glorious for lap swimming, water aerobics, and keeping cool on hot days.
We’re so glad we came to OceanView while we were young enough to downsize on our own and enjoy fully all that OceanView has to offer.”
~ Susan & Nancy
“On this the 28th year of the founding of OceanView, Betty and I send our heartiest congratulations! After 2 years here, we are both more than ever gratefully thankful that we have found this place to spend our sunset years. Jane, our daughter, found this particular apartment during a visitation to a sick church member and their O.V.’s Bible Study Program. She recognized at once the advantage of this particular apartment, especially for Betty to continue her painting. She and our other 2 children in England & Illinois concurred with this plan that we needed to move closer to them at the age of 90, in anticipation of the inevitable health problems.
Since moving here, we’ve made new highly intelligent friends and enjoy participating in cardio exercise, attending movies (with popcorn), discussion groups, monthly parties, historic lectures, busses to the Portland Symphony, concerts and the meal delivery service. Betty, in particular, enjoys the reduced meal planning and cooking!! She also appreciates Gail’s nearness for weekly hairdresser appointments.
We have become acquainted with your administrative staff (all very able & helpful) and the maintenance mechanics, especially the 2 “Bills,” Foreman Joe and slender Chris the gardener – our flower display would not have proved as much enjoyment for the Lodge residents without his help. Also, the flowers have provided table decorations for the Gazebo Grille. Tom Stegemann, Joe, our son-in law and I are already planning flower bed improvements for next year with 30 tulip bulbs from Carl Barker for early seasonal colors.
May you stay healthy for at least another 27 years. You are creating a real community monument by building OceanView.” ~ Fritz
“What a grand time we have at the annual Lobster Bake! They’re always well organized and the wait staff do their usual great job. I always enjoy meeting new residents and welcoming them to the OceanView community.
I also thoroughly enjoy visiting the Screening Room and seeing favorite classic movies, as well as excellent new ones!” ~ Rho