I Wish I Could Sell Units in Ashby Ponds

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

I Wish I Could Sell Units in Ashby Ponds

Years ago my brother and I had to coerce our mother to sell our family home.  She couldn't do stairs any longer and the only full bathroom was on the upper level.  When we discovered she had been sleeping on the sofa bed and practicing her hygiene from the kitchen sink, we took her shopping for a one level condo in an Active Adult community.  We found one she loved in Heritage Hunt in Gainesville.  And we thought that would be her forever home.  Not so much.  Stuff happens that make living in a one level condo tough.  Memory problems started and Mom couldn't drive anymore.  She was trapped in a really nice condo.  Not only that, but the more we learned about how the years would make her memory condition worse, a change was needed.

Ashby Ponds residences, February 2018

We found Ashby Ponds, a continuing care retirement community in Ashburn.  It is a sister community to Greenspring Village in Springfield.  Ashby Ponds is located caddy corner from the Washington Redskins facility and lots of nondescript industrial looking data storage facilities.  My running joke is that Mom's neighbors are now the Internet and the Washington Redskins.  

Ashby Ponds is an incredible concept.  They have independent living, assisted living, memory care,  skilled nursing care and a rehabilitation wing, all on site.  When you buy into the community at the independent living level, you are buying what equates to long term care insurance in the form of a community.  You buy in independent and they will never kick  you out no matter how much your care costs.  They have a benevolence fund that covers what you can't pay monthly.

To the right is the Great Oak Clubhouse, home to a performance theater, cafe, art studio and game room.

To a family facing the slow decline of loved with a memory problem, that was music to our ears.  So we took Mom for many visits and looked at many units until she finally was ready to make the leap.  It was no an easy adjustment.  There is a lot of walking when you get to Ashby Ponds.  All of the independent residences and clubhouses are connected through what my brother calls "human habitrails."   They are enclosed, heated and cooled, windowed walkways.  

You can see the habitrailin the background connecting two buildings.  I took it from the habitrail I was standing in.

Ashby Ponds has lots of amenities. Here's a brief list:

Full Service Restaurants, Cafes and Buffet

Theaters (Movie & Live Performance)

Art Studio

Indoor Pool

Exercise Rooms

Billard/Game Rooms

On Site Shuttle between Buildings 

Shuttles that Travel to Local Shops

Chapel (Coming Soon)


There are also on campus businesses to include:

Hair & Nail Salon


Marketplace (convenience store)

On Site Physician Office

On Site Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy


All of this is in a gated, secure community.  You can sign up to get 20 or 30 meals a month whatever dining facility you want.  It is part of your Monthly Service Package.  There is also no interior maintenance to your apartment outside of cleaning.  An appliance needs service, the community handles it.  Need a filter changed in your HVAC or a light bulb recessed, the community takes care of it.

The ability for my mother to be able to have one meal a day in a restaurant and have access to a shuttle was enough of an upgrade in her living situation.  And the guarantee of care no matter how long she lives into the memory condition, relieved an impending financial burden.

Mom on her way to dinner.

Mom moved in on Halloween 2017.  It's taken her a few months to adjust, but yesterday, as we walked through one of the habitrails to Windows Restaurant, she said, "I'm so glad I moved here.  This place is so nice."

While I can't physically sell you a unit in Ashby Ponds, I highly recommend it.  Minimum entry age is 62.  They offer a variety of floor plans to accommodate many budget ranges.  My family's only regret is not getting Mom here sooner, when she would have been able to more fully enjoy the amenities, activities and clubs.   As it is, I am so pleased to see Mom flourishing in an environment where she is greeted by name by the hostess at the restaurant and occasionally, our favorite server will see us coming and request us in her section.

And while I can't sell you into the community, I would be happy to help you sell your home to buy into Ashby Ponds.  Having helped my own mother, I know the emotional stress during the transition.  It is my job to ease the added stress of selling your home.  Let me know if I can be of help to you.






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Carol Williams
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Hi Chris Ann. So glad you found a great place for your Mom.  I love this concept in aging care.  I have a friend who lives in a facility that looks and sounds like that and it's awesome.

Feb 19, 2018 11:07 AM #1
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you for you excellent summary of the senior living option. It is a good concept and residential senior living homes are another. We have both here int the Phoenix metro also. Appreciate your input Chris Ann Cleland 

Feb 19, 2018 11:23 AM #2
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I'm so glad you found the right solution for your Mom. I know you'd been worried about her.

So many facilities are depressing and awful - this one sounds like a gem.

Feb 19, 2018 12:04 PM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Chris Ann and Good job on finding a great place for your son.  Marte is right it sounds like a gem!


Feb 19, 2018 01:21 PM #4
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Chris Ann Cleland - I am happy to hear that your mom is settling in and she likes her new digs. I am surprised that you are not able to sell into that community. We have similar communities in my area that are listed on the MLS and agents can bring buyers.  

Feb 19, 2018 01:59 PM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Ann,

What a great recommendation for Ashby Ponds!  We are delighted that your mother is flourishing there.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Feb 19, 2018 04:05 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ashby Ponds looks like a lovely complex, Chris Ann.  And, that list of amenities is very attractive.

Feb 19, 2018 04:18 PM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Chris Ann Cleland - This must have been a very tough decision for you and your mom. I am beginning to understand why many elders don't want to leave their place of comfort of walls filled with memories. Facing memory loss is really hard on family members. I think you got her in the right place where she will be cared for and still have quality of life. Plus, you'll be keeping your eyes on the place with hawk eyes. Ashby Ponds sounds like the ideal solution for you. Have no regrets. None of us can know what we don't know. I wish you and your family peaceful nights of rest and days of relaxation when visiting. When the heart strings pull, you must follow your heart. 

Feb 19, 2018 04:40 PM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Chris Ann Cleland - Today I read two great human interest stories about our very own members of ActiveRain and the challenges of letting go, memories, and your very own intimate story about how do we provide for our moms when we can't take care of them ourselves. I know this isn't easy for you but you're making sure your mom has quality of life and for that reason and many others, you're being featured in the BananaTude Group. Wishing you and your family all the best.

Feb 19, 2018 04:55 PM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is a wonderful blog on so many levels, Chris Ann. First, I love the photo of your mom standing in the hallway in her sweater and waving at you. Second, I'm glad the yelling, cursing, etc. has stopped and she is now happy where she is. Even though you know rationally she didn't mean all of that berating, it's still hard to have broad shoulders during trying times. And I truly do believe you have much to offer another family who is going through the same situation as you and everybody else who eventually decides on assisted living.

You are a kind and compassionate Realtor. Any family would be lucky to work with you. Best of luck to you and your family, too. I know how hard you worked to get to where you are.

Feb 19, 2018 06:57 PM #10
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

It's obviously hard to go through this with a parent or any loved one, but this sounds like a great place to make the process a little easier.

Feb 20, 2018 07:36 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Chris Ann Cleland - What a wonderful story you have shared with us.  You have found the perfect answer for your mother. Your testimony of Ashby Ponds is remarkable and will bolster anyone considering living there. Way to go!

Feb 20, 2018 08:52 AM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I am very happy you found such a nice palce for your mom. I am even happier that she likes it Chris Ann Cleland 

Feb 20, 2018 02:05 PM #13
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chris Ann Cleland So proud of you. By sharing this you are able to help others. Your experience and sensitivity will make you an even better agent...if that's possible.

My mom had Atzheimers and we kept her in her home with caretakers for over two years. 


Feb 20, 2018 04:46 PM #14
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Ashby Ponds sounds like a beautiful place with a lot of great amenities;  I would love to just walk to dinner every night!

Feb 22, 2018 06:34 AM #15
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Chria Ann

Knowing how much you care about your mom's situation, it is wonderful you could find a perfect fit. I was fortunate for when my mom passed, except for the last 3 months dealing with a nursing home, she was able to live in her apartment home. I can relate and will continue to sing your praises for what you do. thanks my virtual sister, you Internet bro cheers cvc

Feb 22, 2018 12:30 PM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This place sounds awesome! It sounds ideal! So happy your mom is happy there!

Feb 22, 2018 02:33 PM #17
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