106 ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • WINTER 2017
a day in the life...
Lynn and Bob Mauer of WinderRiver, Tennessee
Fred & Margaret (Meg) Spurlock
of Terra Vista at Citrus Hills, Florida
“It’s just paradise. We still pinch ourselves that we wake up to this. The
views are gorgeous from every angle. This morning we went for a bike ride and
talked to neighbors. We enjoy the lake, boating, golf, and hiking in the
mountains. On Saturday, we went out on the boat with friends to look at the
fall colors,” said Lynn and Bob Mauer who moved from Northern Virginia to
WindRiver near Knoxville, TN.
“For us, Bob and I are both outdoor people. We both are golfers. Our weekly
activities are mostly outdoor based. We take the boat out for hours, spending
time with friends. We have ladies’ golf and men’s golf. A couple days a week,
we play pickleball,” Lynn said excitedly. “We keep our boat in the marina. We
can walk to the marina in five minutes or one minute drive in the car and we
are on the lake in 10 minutes.”
The proximity to Knoxville was a factor in their decision to move. WindRiver
is just 45 minutes from downtown Knoxville with quality healthcare, sporting
events, airports, and lots of cultural events.
Lynn continued, “We sold our house and moved to a community where we
knew no one. It was a welcome surprise to have such great neighbors. Everyone here is so pleasant and helps everyone out. People here are from all over
the United States. We host a corn hole tournament about four or five times a
year and have about 30-35 people come out. The neighborhood is so much fun
because of the people. We have never regretted it!”
“It’s like Disneyworld for adults. You’ve
worked hard all your life, and now you
deserve it. We retired a little over four years ago
from Maryland and now Meg and I are ambassadors for Terra Vista at Citrus Hills. We get to
go out to dinner with prospective residents and
give them a homeowner’s perspective,” said
Fred. “We don’t miss our old life at all. We
never looked back.
“It’s funny, people are apprehensive about not having enough to do when they
retire. We are actually excited if we look down at our calendar and see nothing.
We go to a lot of classes that are held here as part of the social membership.
Whether you want to do aerobics, yoga, water excretes, pickleball, or play card
games, it’s all here. We have such a good time. We golf at least once a week.
No one is from here, so everyone is so open to meeting new people.
“It really is idyllic. In four years we haven’t even seen a mosquito here at Terra
Vista. The quality of our home construction is superb. Our utility bills are much
lower, only $80 to $85 a month. Last year, we never even turned on the heat.
“We go to the Tiki Bar all of the time. On Monday afternoons, you’ll find us
dancing at the Tiki Bar.”