Four years after her husband of 45 years died, Elaine Roy decided it was time to simplify.
Her 60-year-old home in Jefferson Place-Bocage needed constant maintenance as did its large yard. She called her daughter, Jennifer Roy Oliver, a real estate agent, and asked her to put the house on the market and start looking for somewhere for her to move.
“I figured it would take at least three to six months to sell my house,” Roy said, “but it sold immediately.”
That left her with the dilemma of finding a house, packing and winnowing down a lifetime of memories, including a full second story attic and her late husband, Vic Roy’s, 900-square-foot workshop.
“He rebuilt a sailboat, he built a pirogue in that workshop,” Elaine Roy said. “We never would have moved if he were alive.”
Oliver suggested that her mother take another look at a garden home in Jamestowne Court.
“I had looked at this townhouse after Vic died,” she said. “I loved the floor plan with all the windows and views of the courtyard, but it needed a lot of work, which I didn’t feel like doing.”
The house now had a new kitchen and updated bathrooms, so she made the deal.