This past Sunday, Concordia at Sumner, our Copley, Ohio retirement community, hosted an Open House with a twist. Its annual “Parade of Homes” featured the customary model apartments along with the homes of several of our residents who volunteered to open their homes to the public. Three resident Garden Apartments provided different styles of decorating, displaying a bit of each owner’s personality.
Betty Calvert has lived at Sumner since 2006. Her floor plan is labeled “Corner Brompton” and consists of 1214 sq. ft. Both bedrooms in her apartment are decorated with unique Asian white lacquer furniture purchased in California. And she has a collection of crosses that tell a story.
Living next door are the Hays. Karl and Ellen moved to their apartment – a two bedroom “Turret Bloomsbury” – about a year and a half ago. The minute you walk into the hallway entrance your eyes catch a throw on the couch picturing a family photo and the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sun to light the entire great room/kitchen area. A chandelier highlights the corner area and forces guests to focus on the ceiling, where a circular border provides a three-dimensional look.
At the other end of the corridor is Alma Smith, a former Pittsburgher who is one of the original independent living residents. Upon entering her apartment you see the kitchen and the great room with a bedroom to the right and a den area on the left. The floor plan is called a one bedroom deluxe “Chelsie” and covers 910 square feet. You can tell she’s an avid reader, as one entire wall is bookshelves.
Three Villa-dwellers opened their homes for tours as well. George and Bonnie Lyon and John Guinter have been neighbors since August of 2003. Even though their villas are next door to one another, their floors plans vary. George and Bonnie said they believe choosing Sumner to retire has been the best decision they could have made. And John, at 91, said he plans to stay where he is for another decade.
Concordia at Sumner is planning another Open House on Sunday, June 30 which will include a presentation on Health and Wellness. Call Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins at 330.664.1289 for details or e-mail us here. In the meantime, check out some photos from the event below. Click on the thumbnail to see the full picture. Enjoy, and feel free to comment!