Montecito Magazine 2020

sun-splashed patio outside her apartment, which is sprinkled with art and objects from her time abroad. After retiring, Nancy lived in Goleta, not far from UCSB, where she was a distinguished senior researcher for the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program. “I first visited Samarkand for an exhibi- tion of residents’ art,” she says. “Walking around the campus for the first time, I thought, ‘I could happily live here!’ Th architecture and gardens, the location close to downtown, its reputation for good health care and dining facilities, all attracted me. I wasn’t even thinking of moving into a retire- ment community, but my visit planted the idea that I should begin to consider my long-range plans. I made an appointment for a tour, saw an available apartment I loved and sold my condo in Goleta.” Since moving to Samarkand last year, Nancy has been busy pursuing myriad interests, including tai chi and yoga classes, film viewings, art exhibi- tions and lectures, along with a variety of social events. “I immediately got into tai chi here,” she says, “and I’m trying to find time for a balance and strength class. You could stay here and never leave campus, there’s so much going on all the time.” In addition to organized events, Nancy appre- ciates the day-to-day social aspect of living in a retirement community like Samarkand. “Here, I’m surrounded by people of all diffe ent back- grounds, with various experiences and interests,” she says. “There are always interesting people to talk to at meals. As a single woman, communal liv- ing to me is a very positive thing.” Nancy does get off campus to attend commu- nity cultural events including UCSB Arts & Lec- tures, 1 st Thursdays gallery walks, art lectures at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Music Acad- emy of the West Summer Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She also finds time to meet up with friends for lunch or dinner and attends a monthly book club meeting. On a walk through the well-tended grounds, Nancy points out the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim- ming pool, creative arts center and lawn games where residents are practicing for an upcoming corn hole tournament. “I feel as if I’ve closed one chapter and am beginning a totally new one,” says Nancy, beaming. Santa Barbara’s natural beauty and mild year- round climate attract seniors from around the world. Th ir lives are enriched by opportunities to explore and nurture new interests. As Nancy says with a laugh, “Friends would say, ‘I can’t believe you moved into an old folks’ home,’ but then they see it and they understand!” u MontecitoMag.com 47 Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. © 2015 Bank of the West. All loans subject to credit approval, standard mortgage qualifications, and underwriting requirements. Additional fees, conditions, and restrictions may apply. PURCHASE THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS. Elizabeth Winterhalter, Mortgage Banker, NMLS#237143 Cell (805) 904-7328 | Elizabeth.Winterhalter@bankofthewest.com Bank of the West offers a variety of loan options to fit your needs. Ask about our Jumbo loans for up to $4,000,000 including fixed, adjustable and interest only. Contact Elizabeth to get started on purchasing your dream home today. GO WEST. Purchase The Home of Your Dreams. 20

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