Meet Our Residents
“If you were a worker, a public servant, say, and lived on your wages and now have social security and a pension or savings, purchased your own home and then were able to sell it, you can meet the requirements for the Horizon House entrance fee and monthly fees. It’s not just for the wealthy as many people think.
Since coming to Horizon House I’ve met individuals whose minds are so alive. Some of them have had public recognition for their accomplishments, others haven’t, but they all hold their own. We have such a wide span of professional and life experience represented here – law professors, astrophysicists, social workers. I met one of my really good friends shooting pool.
A friend told me when you move to Horizon House you get healthier—it’s true! We’ve got healthy dining, many amenities to enhance fitness – and the location! I walk everywhere.”
Don & Lynnea Mayer
“I (Don) was on the Horizon House Board in the late ‘90s as a representative of the United Church of Christ (UCC) Conference. As a result we came to know the community well. We were on the Future Residents List for about five years. We had good friends here and visited from time to time. We also visited a lot of other retirement places and found out where we didn’t want to go. There were many beautiful communities, but they were more like hotels than home. Here at Horizon House there’s just so much more happening.
Early on we had lunch with a friend and we thought the food was imaginative and delightful.
What prompted our move was the realization that we were getting older. We always seemed to be getting on a ferry (we lived on Bainbridge Island), and it just got less and less convenient. It just made sense to move and the Horizon House location is marvelous.
Horizon House is a village. It’s a community. We’re both very impressed with the variety of programs and issues that are discussed. It’s kind of like being on a university campus. And the staff is a great part of it.”
“When my husband died, I didn’t intend to move from our dream home. I looked at a few retirement places, but as a gay man I felt like I wasn’t welcome. I wanted to come to a place where I could be independent. I wanted to do things for myself for as long as I could. I felt so welcome at Horizon House. I was included in everything you could think of. It’s the people like yourself who are organizing activities, which is great. You’re home. That’s about it. You feel accepted. I love it here.”
“There are so many reasons I enjoy my life at Horizon House. Here are some important ones:
The Residents: There are so many distinguished residents and they are all active and willing to contribute their talent and knowledge. There’s never a dull moment when you live in Horizon House.
The Location: I love that the Seattle Art Museum and other experiences are all within walking distance. I especially enjoy Freeway Park all year round, as my apartment faces west and north, with a full view of the park. We are located in very peaceful neighborhood.
The Art Collections: Our art collections are just extraordinary. Everywhere you turn, you see beautiful painting and sculptures. I always love to show off the art collection to visitors whenever I have the time.
The Wellness Department: I’m not sure if other retirement communities have such well-equipped facilities as Horizon House. Our pool is really nice and all the Wellness instructors are very knowledgeable and kind.
The Willing Horizon House Staff: When residents are in need of some help or maintenance work, appropriate employees respond. It is a comforting feeling to know that we can depend on them.
I have several friends who live in other communities. They all say they like where they live. I believe their residents are just as nice as ours and their interior decorations are very attractive, but no other place in Seattle is located in as beautiful a neighborhood as ours. I had difficulty in making a decision about where to live after the death of my husband, and made down payments to several places. I’m really glad I decided on Horizon House.”
Anne and George Counts
“We had lived for 15 years in a lovely condo on Queen Anne. I (George) was the main one that considered moving to a CCRC because of concerns, and planning, for a time when one, or both, of us would need more care because of health reasons. My reasons for choosing Horizon House were: 1) a sense of warmth and welcoming on entrance into the facility, 2) location, compared to our two nearby competitors, 3) amenities, including the art collection, 4) three close friends who lived here already, 5) a relatively high percentage of men (compared to other CCRCs), and 6), a good feeling towards Valerie Wagner in Marketing.
Having lived here for a little more than a year, the things we like best are: 1) the people: an astonishing array of very interesting and like-minded residents, 2) a very large number of programs in which I would like to participate: my main ones are the history lectures and the men’s group, plus the live and taped musical programs, and the movies, 3) the convenient gym and the great salt water swimming pool, 4) the location: the easy access to downtown Seattle through the convention center – we now walk to so many activities to which we formerly drove our car, like the Seattle Art Museum, 5) and last, but not least, our very nice West Wing apartment with the large patio. Who knew we two could be happy in 975 square feet!”
“Even though my husband Peter and I lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, for many years, we knew about Horizon House through several relatives who lived here and from personal visits as part of family trips. On one of those visits, the tour took me past Horizon House’s impressive art collection and ended up in the Sky Lounge, with its beautiful views. When my uncle handed me a marketing brochure and urged me to sign up right away, I called Peter and said how about we move sooner rather than later! We both like adventures, something new, so we did it.
As part of the move, we decided to give up our car, and it’s really working out. One of the huge advantages of Horizon House is its location. You’re in the center of everything, and there’s also Freeway Park, which provides a very nice way to get where you’re going.
Another striking thing about Horizon House is the community here. We knew very few people in Seattle so that was a huge plus.
We always heard from everyone who lived here that it’s the location and the people who make Horizon House—and it’s totally true.”
Judy and Bob Cline
“With my mom having lived so happily here, Bob and I just knew when the time came that we’d be living at Horizon House. We actually moved in five years earlier than we planned because of the building of the North Tower. It was great being my mom’s neighbor. Not a day goes by when we don’t say how lucky we are to live here.
Horizon House is a gracious 56 years old, but its physical set-up – with the main lobby and first floor common spaces tying together wings and towers built at various times – has actually helped us evolve into the community we are. Everyone who lives here transits those areas daily with a smile or a wave or a conversation, leading to familiarity and friendship.”