On Aug. 31, the first residents started moving into a new Andover apartment building that is being marketed to people who are at least 55 years old and do not need any specialized care.
The Estates at Arbor Oaks, 1753 156th Lane NW, Andover, is an independent, 55-plus, facility that stands three-stories tall.
There are choices of one, two or three bedrooms among the 66 total units. Some of the one and two-bedroom units include a half-bathroom in addition to the full bathroom. Some two bedroom units have two full bathrooms. All of the three-bedroom units have two full bathrooms.
The smallest unit is a 709-square-foot one bedroom, one bathroom, unit that rents for $1,600 per month. The largest unit is a 1,426-square-foot, three bedroom, two bathroom, unit that has a monthly rent of $2,850.
Gene, 82, and Marlene, 80, Krekelberg started moving in on Aug. 31. They have owned three different homes over the past 57 years, most recently on the Iron Range. They wanted to get closer to Gene’s daughter and her husband, who live in Andover, and get away from the chores of maintaining a single-family home.
“We don’t have to mow the lawn, plow the snow or change light bulbs,” Gene said.
Gene said they like the location of The Estates at Arbor Oaks.
“It’s like we’re out in the country,” he said.
Joy DuBois, marketing director for Arbor Oaks Senior Living, describes the location as “where the city ends and the country begins” because it is not a far drive from the Andover Station shopping district and the Andover YMCA but the development is on the edge of the rural areas of Andover.
Arbor Oaks Senior Living is an assisted and memory care facility and is under the same ownership and management structure as The Estates at Arbor Oaks. The companies involved in both projects are Trident Development, Lyon Contracting and Tealwood Senior Living. The two buildings are only one block apart.
There’s an outdoor pickleball court that The Estates at Arbor Oaks residents can use and a fitness center inside the building. A large community room gives residents a chance to hold large gatherings.
When the weather is nice, residents wanting to relax outside can sit on the large patio that overlooks a grove of trees. There are a couple of grills for anyone wanting to have a cookout.
“We’re an active community,” said Tonya Gusciora, director of housing.