Adam and Jerrene Zimmerman love to travel. As newlyweds they took Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day” challenge and spent five weeks exploring 13 countries in Europe in a used van they purchased after arriving in Amsterdam.
Their experiences from that once-in-a-lifetime trip served to heighten their interest in exploring the world. Through the years that followed they continued to travel occasionally. Limited vacation time and the ongoing maintenance of a farm with extensive flower beds and landscaping made travel a bit more difficult.
When Jerrene retired from practicing law with Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane in 2011 and Adam retired from a career in animal genetics at Genex in 2012, they began to travel a bit more. Maintaining their property and finding people to look after their home while they were away stole some of the joy from their travels.
Since their move to Sycamore Springs, though, Adam and Jerrene enjoy the freedom of simply locking the door and walking away. Trips to Costa Rica, Ireland and Nova Scotia rounded out their first year in their new home.
Finding the right community
When Adam and Jerrene started to think about selling their farm in East Earl, they researched every option, looking at homes for sale and visiting retirement communities throughout Central Pennsylvania.
Adam and Jerrene eventually ruled out buying another home, seeking instead, a more stress-free lifestyle. When they learned Garden Spot Village was building Sycamore Springs they followed the project carefully, thinking it may be a viable move for them.
As soon as Sycamore Springs reached the stage where homes were available, the couple made the very first deposit, choosing their home because of its position on the edge of the community.
Sycamore Springs felt right, Adam says. “Moving to Sycamore Springs meant we only needed to move once, rather than twice. Plus, it was close to our farm. The physical move of our belongings was easier and we kept our doctor, dentist and other service providers.”
Although Adam and Jerrene downsized their property, choosing a single-family home at Sycamore Springs meant they didn’t have to downsize their living space. In fact, Jerrene says, the space is just right.
She adds, “My sister and brother-in-law visited over New Year’s weekend and we had plenty of room to host them. We were pleased to be able to provide them with their own bedroom and bathroom suite. We were all very comfortable.”
Moving from a rural area, they appreciate the beauty of the country and thrive in green spaces. Jerrene enjoys running and Adam enjoys a daily 45-minute walk through the community. They recently purchased electric bikes and look forward to exploring bike trails this spring as well as riding in Pedal to Preserve, which starts and ends at Garden Spot Village.
Adam and Jerrene also enjoy golfing with the men’s and women’s groups that frequent Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens. They play water volleyball regularly and Adam recently joined the Woodshop.
Living in Sycamore Springs gives them a ready community. Adam says, “We are learning to know a lot of people. Everyone is very nice and we are gaining a lot of new friends.”