22 Apr “I can’t think of anything more I wish I had. It’s all here.”
“I can’t think of anything more
I wish I had. It’s all here.”
Here’s another perspective on what it’s really like living at The Wade, as seen through the eyes of resident Betsy Hood.
ON CHANGING PLANS
In 2018, just as my husband and I were ready to begin a renovation project on the “forever” house we built in 1999, he died unexpectedly. I couldn’t decide whether to go through with the renovation, or not. A friend expressed surprise that I was not downsizing. I said if you’re wanting to stay in this same area and find something smaller with still a certain degree of sophistication and quality, there’s really nothing to downsize to. And she said, “Oh yes there is.”
ON SEEING THE FINISHED PRODUCT
I knew what I had seen each step of the way, and I knew the quality was there. But I was not prepared to be so overwhelmed with the wonderfulness of literally everything. From the layout which beautifully integrated the spaces I needed and wanted, to the natural light, to the high-end quality of the fixtures, to the quality of the work itself. Truly an experience filled with many superlatives.
ON THE FEELING OF HOME
You feel like you are in your own individual home, and you look out and see a manicured lawn and sidewalks. My family of 15 comes for the holidays. So spacious for grown-ups and children, alike. So conducive to entertaining. But then again, it’s so cozy and intimate. It just feels good.
ON CREATING COMMUNITY
For me, it’s not just the house, it’s the people, too. They’re such a diverse and interesting group. There’s new warmth, new friendships, new activities, new convenience in being very close to all I need. I love the feeling of safety when I’m at home as well knowing my home is safe when I’m not there.
ON THE LITTLE THINGS
There are the little things I never imagined as being so convenient. I was used to garbage cans and all the trash. How nice to walk down the hall and toss my garbage bag down a chute. The covered mailboxes and secure package room are within steps of my unit. I love how the package concierge sends my phone a text, letting me know a package has been delivered and is waiting for me in the package room.
ON PLEASING THE CRITICS
I have an 8-year-old granddaughter. She was so upset that I was leaving my house because she loved it. “Grandma, please don’t move, please!” I really didn’t have a need for a true guest bedroom, so I basically designed that room for her and her younger brother. Now that I’m moved in, she loves everything here – especially the rooftop terrace. And she told me, “I like your new house better than the other one.”