August 2013 Insider’s eNewsletter

Find Your Ideal Home

“It was time for the next chapter in our lives—
for the next adventure, and, we love it!”

jon_sande_carterMoving and relocating was nothing new for Jon and Sande Carter. The Army had stationed Jon from North Carolina to Germany to Hawaii and everywhere in between with moves every 18 months for the early years of their marriage. They finally ended up in Washington, DC. And, when retiring entered their minds, they attended an ideal-LIVING Real Estate Expo.

The Carter’s first attended an Expo five years ago to get an idea for what was available, then returned two to three years later to make a decision. “We always knew we’d go somewhere. There were so many options, and the people at the Expo were so nice. There really wasn’t any pressure. That would have turned us off. The Expo was a huge part of our decision process. We didn’t have a specific place we wanted to be, so it opened a lot of possibilities.”

Sande made the decision to move first. But, Jon likes to perform adequate due diligence. According to Jon, “Life is full of options, but options sometimes become a tyranny.” After visiting many cities and communities, the Carter’s decided on the Wilmington, NC area. Eyes filled with love, Jon said, “Sande followed me everywhere and made a beautiful home wherever we went. Family members give so much to the military. She had done so much for me and for my soldiers that I wanted to go wherever she wanted.”

bruns_forestThey chose several locations from the Expo to visit, and then decided on Brunswick Forest, just 10 minutes outside of historic downtown Wilmington. “What struck us was a sense of community. Everyone is so friendly. Most of the people are from somewhere else. We knew this was the right place. Everyone at Brunswick Forest was so helpful and made us feel at home immediately. There has not been a negative in the entire process. As soon as we moved in, we had invitations to dinner parties.”

The Carter’s were very fortunate to have sold their home in two days, but their new home wasn’t ready yet. They stayed with friends in the DC area while receiving updates from their builder, Trust Builders. The Carters were dedicated to downsizing. They had looked at multiple floorplans and builders, then decided on making a few changes to an existing open floorplan. While they loved their home in Virginia, it was “boxey” and now they love the open spaces. The Carters now have a beautiful home (approx. 2400 sq. ft.) with telescoping doors from the family room that opens to a three-season room, in which they spend most of their time.

As they have only been in the home a few weeks, at the time of this interview, after they finish unpacking their life and decorating their new home, they both plan to find volunteer opportunities to give back to the community.

“We couldn’t be happier with our decision…”

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About Rachael Carscaddon

Rachael writes for Ideal Living Magazine; the leading source for consumer property purchases and retirement home destinations in the southeast. Find her articles here on

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