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28 August . 2015

Resident Feature – Robert and Karen Cooks' move to CantaMia

Three out of five American’s say that they would like to retire somewhere other than where they live now, but for most, this dream is lost when push comes to shove. When Robert Cook and his wife, Karen, took a vacation to Arizona about a year ago, little did they know, they would one day call their vacation destination “home”. Finding the perfect community, with great amenities for their active lifestyle and having expert assistance throughout the process became the reality for this east coast couple, and they couldn't be happier with their relocation.

The Cooks, then residents of North Carolina, were nearing retirement but knew that they had a few years left, and had not considered relocating to another state. However, Karen quickly fell in love with the appeal of the desert lifestyle, and they decided to learn more. Their search for the perfect home began as they visited many communities in the East and West Valleys of Phoenix. Finally, as they made their way to Estrella, the beautiful mountain scenery on the drive into the master planned community instantly took their breath away.

The couple decided to meet with Sales Associate, Diane Hanzen in the 55-Plus community of CantaMia by AV Homes. They explained their situation with Hanzen, and made it clear that they did not expect to retire for some time. Unlike other sales associates that the Cooks had spoken with, Hanzen helped them learn all about CantaMia, but placed no pressure on them whatsoever to buy a home that day. They spent the afternoon learning more about the community, its robust amenity package, and the various programs offered to prospective residents interested in CantaMia.

“Diane treated us with the utmost respect and helped to enhance our visit to CantaMia; her treatment made us strongly rethink our plans for the future,” said Robert. “We were taken through the process like serious buyers despite the fact that we weren’t at this point. It made us both feel very comfortable and really drove our final decision.”

After the initial meeting, the Cooks returned a few months later for CantaMia's Discovery Days. As part of the Discovery Days program, the Cooks met current residents, toured the community facilities and spent the weekend staying in a CantaMia model. The Cooks knew that they had found their new home.

Despite the original 12-18 month timetable, the Cooks made an unexpected and exciting change to retire ahead of their original schedule. The couple moved into their new home in CantaMia in July, two months after their Discovery Days experience.

“Our decision to retire early and move to CantaMia was one of the best decision of our lives,” said Robert.  “We have already made friends with neighbors, and we truly feel at home at Estrella.”

For more information about CantaMia by AV Homes and their available floor plans, click here.