Brookhaven at Lanier RidgeJim Chapman Communities builds such homes that allow active adults to make life changes. The builder’s great reputation has led many to buy in Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, a community in Cumming, Ga. that offers homes from the $220,000s.

Two recently sold homes were bought by Jane Skellchock and her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Karen. A transplant from Maryland, Jane has been living in Georgia since 2003. Billy, on the other hand, decided to move down with his wife after touring Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge with his mother. They will now be neighbors. The maintenance-free ranch condominium homes and carefree life were perfect for the family.

“Maintaining independence was the most important to me,” stated Jane. She can do so with convenient access to nearby stores, banks and hospitals. She said, “The area will fit my needs as I get older, and I hope to stay independent as long as I can!”

The family was also impressed with the substantial building already completed and the architecture of the homes. Jane was able to work closely with the builders and staff in order to customize her home so that it would fit her needs. For instance, Jane was able to install a hot water dispenser in the kitchen so that she can easily make and sip on her favorite drink—hot tea. Jane is also excited about planting in her new garden. Though a bit smaller than her old one, it will fit her new lifestyle better.

Jane and Billy both chose the Westminster floor plan. Their homes feature large kitchens with name-brand appliances, custom-built cabinets and abundant counter space. The inviting living rooms are great for entertaining, and the oversized master suites include walk-in closets and spa bathrooms. Their homes are complete with finished bonus rooms. Since most of their family and friends will be visiting from Maryland, these private suites are one of their favorite features.

Besides having customizable floor plans, both lawn and exterior maintenance are included in the homeowner’s association fees. Amenities include a community clubhouse with a large, heated swimming pool and outdoor fireplace and fully-equipped gym. The clubhouse also has a great kitchen which, according to Jane, is perfect for cooking and gathering if too many people come to visit.

The family is looking forward to moving into their new homes and starting this new chapter in their lives. Plus, Billy will not have to travel far to visit his mother.

For more information about Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, call Joan Wise at 770-780-9095 or visit

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