Best of Both Worlds: Life at St. John's Herr Estate

Best of Both Worlds Life at St. John's Herr Estate

Longtime Lancaster County residents Jerry and Dottie Boas love life at St. John’s Herr Estate – where they are able to do what they want, when they want and know that everything is taken care of for them.

Dottie has a passion for traveling and is able to explore exotic locations around the world with her friends and family. Since they moved into a cottage at St. John’s Herr Estate, Dottie, 69, has hiked Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru, camped along the Amazon River, and toured India, China, Israel, South Africa and the British Isles. Her husband, Jerry, a 67-year-old US Army Veteran, doesn’t have the same desire to travel after spending significant time overseas in the military. At St. John’s, he enjoys meeting and getting to know his neighbors, and they often gather to “shoot the breeze,” as he says, whether they’re connecting over a meal or meeting up at one of the outdoor patio areas. “It’s a real easy life here, and I enjoy the camaraderie,” Jerry says. “And the staff here take care of everything: the weeding, the mowing, the snow and the maintenance.”

The Boases moved into their cottage at the Columbia Luthercare community about three and a half years ago, not long after Dottie retired from her position as a school district administrative assistant. Before making the move, they were maintaining two homes in southern Lancaster County – their own and the home next door, which belonged to Dottie’s mother, who had moved to another senior living community as her health needs changed.

“It was getting really hard for Jerry to take care of two houses physically. We were always mowing grass, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and that was just the outside! We heard about St. John’s from a friend, came and toured, and both said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to live in a place where everything is taken care of?’”  says Dottie. “We put both houses on the market, and they each sold in one day!”

Two months later, they were St. John’s Herr Estate residents!

Jerry says, “We tell people about this lifestyle all the time, and when they say they aren’t ready to move to a community like this, we say, ‘Why would you want to wait?’”

Dottie says, “We really enjoy it because you can still do the things you want to do, but you don’t have the headache of maintaining a house. It’s so nice, and we are young enough to enjoy ourselves a little bit!”

And Dottie’s next big trip? It’s looking like a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2020!