Leann and Walt Voss can already imagine the view they’ll have once their fourth-floor apartment overlooking Lakeside Golf Course is complete.
A more than $110 million continuing care retirement community groundbreaking is set for this week and the Voss’ are anxious to call The Ranch – and its sprawling 55-acre community – home.
Walt, who grew up in Stillwater – graduating from Stillwater High School in 1968 and Oklahoma State University with an agronomy degree in 1972 – always knew he wanted to retire in Stillwater.
The 66-year-old got that chance this past December when he retired from First National Bank in Chickasha after working his way up to president and CEO during his 38 years with the organization.
The couple, who have been married since 2003 and has four grown children between them, moved to Stillwater in January.
“We are excited,” Leann said. “Stillwater is a terrific place to live.”
They have been busy making new friends while attending community activities and OSU sporting events.
One of the perks to residency at The Ranch – which is expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018 – is that OSU athletic, music and theater tickets can be purchased at employee pricing, according to Joe Haney, vice president of advancement for The Ranch, an Epworth Living Community.
Walt is excited he won’t be re-shingling a roof, mowing a yard or paying real estate taxes.
“The amenity I’m most excited about is the ease of social interaction as I get older,” said Leann, 54. “You have to prepare for your future or your future may treat you really bad.”
Walt and Leann are currently caring for Leann’s mother, who recently had open-heart surgery and is slowly recovering.
“It really highlights the benefits that The Ranch will provide us,” Leann said. “We raised our kids to be independent and we don’t want them to have to care for us.”
The Voss’ chose an all-inclusive care program as opposed to a fee-for-service care program for peace of mind and so they don’t have to worry about rising assisted living and nursing care costs in the future.
The average entrance fee – which is refundable – is $200,000 and monthly fees average $3,000, Haney said.
If moving in as a couple, one person must be at least 62.
The Ranch is unique because it offers residents a place they can stay the rest of their life.
They have independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care and hospice care.
“This is where Walt and I want to be,” Leann said. “We are going to grow old in an environment we chose.”