108 ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • WINTER 2017
a day in the life...
Barry and Susan Alpert
of Plantation Bay in Ormand Beach, FL
David and Mary Allen
of Seabrook Island, SC
“We didn’t know what we would do with our time and we find
that we set our own pace,” said Barry Alpert, a retired physician
who relocated to Plantation Bay from Miami with his wife, Susan (a
retired Registered Nurse). “Our time is full, we don’t have enough
time to do some of things that we would like to do. We have an
amazing life. I can’t imagine a vacation better than living our daily
Traffic was a motivating factor when leaving Miami. When we visited,
it was just a feeling and I said, ‘I could live here… And we bought
the model that weekend,” said Susan.
“We both play golf about four days
a week. On days we are not playing
golf, we are riding bicycles, and we
joined a pickleball group,” added
Susan. “With the incredible weather
here, we still use our hot tub just
about every day. There are a lot of
cultural events here as well. It is such
an amazing group of people with open hearts and open homes.
Everyone socializes with one another. It’s a real community. We
had only lived here a week or two, but decided to have a dinner.
We didn’t know who anyone was, so we put invitations at all of
the houses on our block and everyone came. And, now we have
Barry concluded with, “If we don’t take advantage of it now,
we never will.”
David Allen, who now lives in Seabrook Island, SC, wondered, ‘What
am I going to do?’ when he retired from an executive job in finance.
He said, “Now, I wonder how I had time to work. You can configure your life to what you want it to be. You can make it uniquely
yours. It’s important to understand, it’s very easy to assimilate.
Seabrook offers the ability to meet people very easily and to find
people with similar interests. It’s magical, there’s no doubt about it.”
David and his wife Mary have vacationed to Seabrook for many years
and wanted to build a legacy home for their three daughters (and
someday grandchildren) to enjoy. They had lived in Rochester, NY,
and in 2010 purchased a villa property. When they decided to retire
about a year and a half ago, they built a custom home. Mary is a
designer and worked with the architect. Their home is on the Keowee
River as it empties into the Atlantic Ocean with amazing views from
their reverse floor plan. “It felt like home since the day we moved in.”
Only 30 minutes from Charleston, SC, Seabrook residents enjoy
incredible cuisine and culture. For instance, the Allen’s enjoy season
tickets to the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.
David encourages others to “Embrace the experience for what it
can be. It’s an enjoyable journey.”