Amy Chambers

Charity begins at home.

My Folks Are Moving to Denver

When my parents told me they wanted to retire to Denver, I was so excited. They have lived in Maine for their entire lives, so I didn't get to see them as often as I would like. I work for a Denver newspaper, so I couldn't live anywhere other than Denver. They told me they wanted to spend more time with their grandchildren as well as my wife and myself, and I was over the moon about it. My mom had done a search on luxury apartments in Denver CO, and she asked me if I would check out the Gables for them.

I didn't need to do that though, because I had first hand knowledge of the luxury complex. The editor of the paper has an apartment there, and my wife and I have been to several dinner parties in his penthouse apartment. To say that it is a luxury apartment almost seems like an understatement. I knew that my parents, both retiring doctors, would absolutely love it there for a number of reasons. The location is perfect for them, as it is within ten minutes of my own house.

It is maintenance free for them, which is why they wanted an apartment over a house. They did not want to have to take care of a lawn in the summer or shoveling snow in the winter. They also wanted to have everything there, like the fitness center and some shops and restaurants that they both enjoy. I looked at some of the floor plans that are offered there after they told me they want a two bedroom in case our daughters wanted to stay with them some nights, and I found a great apartment that has a gorgeous view of the downtown area. They are moving here in a couple of months, and we all cannot wait!

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The Grass is Always More Luxurious

Sometimes you can run into people who will have a positive impact on your lives and you will never expect it. While at the grocery store one evening, I ran into an old friend from college. He was buying food to make dinner for himself and his girlfriend. We started talking about our lives, and he mentioned that he lives in one of the luxury apartments in Tampa. I was living in a small, low cost apartment that barely felt like it was a private residence. Living in that apartment was almost like living in a closet or a jail cell.

My friend told me that I should come over to see the apartments one day and think about moving in. The fact that they were luxury apartments gave me the impression that the apartments were way out of my price range, buy my friend assured me that the cost wasn't as high as I thought. The following week, I came to the apartments for a tour. The front gate looked like something out of a movie. The community was clean and green. At my apartment, the grass looked like it hadn't been cut properly, and there was garbage around the bins where people were too lazy to properly throw away their trash.

The inside of the apartments made my own look like a doll house. Just one room of the apartment took up half of my entire apartment. I had never seen a walk in closet before, and I didn't think apartments could have them, but this one did. It had everything, even its own washer and dryer. I had to go to the ground floor and use a community wash room to do my laundry at my apartment. There was no reason to continue living at my old apartment.

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