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“I have my car and I come and go as I please and I enjoy meeting the other people here and I think I’m going to have a good life here and hopefully a long one.” – Frank Regan, resident of The Fountains at Washington House
MEET FRANK REGAN, A RETIRED TEACHER WHO FEELS RIGHT AT HOME AT THE FOUNTAINS AT WASHINGTON HOUSE.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Frank Regan on Friday, November 14th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Frank was born in D.C., one of six children, and grew up in Alexandria, where his dad worked at the Torpedo Factory. After attending local schools here, he became a teacher himself. Early in his career, he volunteered for the Peace Corps, traveling to Nigeria to teach teachers English and History. He calls it the most valuable experience of his life. After that, he taught in Fairfax County and northern England before finishing out his teaching career at West Springfield High School. Upon retiring at age 55, Frank resumed volunteering part time. Now that he’s living at The Fountains, he is ideally situated to enjoy the rest of his life.
ENJOY LIFE MORE
If you enjoy being with people and having time to spend as you wish, then retirement community living could be for you. The sooner you familiarize yourself with your options, the better prepared you’ll be to make that move at the appropriate time. How do you know when the time is right? That answer varies. For Frank Regan, he simply wasn’t prepared to spend another harsh winter alone in his condominium. At 73, he did his research and situated himself where he could enjoy life more, now and for years to come. “I’ve always heard that you need to move to a place like this before it’s too late and so I’ve kept that in mind and, you know, I’ve thought to myself, I know what they’re talking about, I want to go and enjoy it while I can.” – Frank Regan
After selling his three-bedroom condominium, Frank was right at home in his one-bedroom deluxe residence at The Fountains, which he says has all the room a single person needs. Frank likes the “cosmopolitan” vibe of his chosen community as well as the flexible rental options without the large entrance fee. He prefers to cook or dine out, as he’s always done, but takes advantage of The Fountains dining options for entertaining friends and family. “It can be a relief, you know, and that’s the way I’ve found it so far. It relieves you of many responsibilities, especially home ownership. There are so many things that go with home ownership that take away your ability to enjoy life.” – Frank Regan
With responsibilities of home ownership behind him, Frank has nothing but opportunities to look forward to now. Always an optimist and a firm believer in planning ahead, Frank is in the right place at the right time for living his life to the fullest. In between taking in Washington Nationals games and participating in frequent social functions, Frank is content to be himself at The Fountains. “I don’t regret it one bit. I’m just so pleased to be here and everybody here is so nice.” – Frank Regan
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Frank in person over a cup of coffee in the Cherry Blossom Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-703-291-0188 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.