Mike & Susan Master on Living their Best: “Life Now Feels Like Vacation”


If life is a game, Mike and Susan Master are winning their match. From playing tennis and traveling to Mike’s law practice and Susan’s volunteer work, this Main Line pair approaches each day with a sense of enthusiasm that’s magnetic. And their ‘joie de vivre’ has continued to flourish since moving to Athertyn two years ago. Read on for their story:
Where is life taking you these days?
Mike: I’m still working part-time at the Philadelphia law practice I started over 35 years ago. Susan and I enjoy spending the winter on the West Coast of Florida.  We both love to sing and participate in small theatre.  Life is all about working, playing tennis and spending time together. We are very close to our children and grandchildren that live in the area.



Susan: Most recently, I worked as a hospice bereavement counselor. So it was a natural transition when I began my volunteer role at Bryn Mawr Hospital as ‘Dr. Freckles,’ part of a troupe of caring clowns who visit hospitalized patients. I decided now that I’m all grown up, it’s time for me to become a child again!



What made you decide to ‘right-size’ your home?

Mike: We originally had a three-story home in Narberth. Several years ago we started talking about changing our lifestyle. How it would be nice to live in a place that was one level — a place we wouldn’t have to worry about while in Florida. After seeing an ad for Athertyn, we immediately toured the model homes, which were beautiful. We saw the clubhouse, the pool and fitness center, and walked around the gorgeous setting. We went home and said ‘this is where we want to move.’ Within a week we started the process of selling our home and moving to Athertyn.



Susan: The integrity of Pohlig impressed me. We did a lot of research and knew of the builder’s reputation for quality single custom homes. Mike and I attended a ‘Meet the Builder’ as well as several other events, and with that came a sense that we belonged here.



How does Athertyn complement your pursuits?
Mike: The amenities at Athertyn fit our lifestyle. We take advantage of the heated pool as well as the fitness center. We’re looking forward to using the nature trails more frequently, since we’re adopting a miniature Australian labradoodle this winter.



How would you describe the Athertyn community?

Susan: The residents here are very down-to-earth and welcomed us into the community immediately. Many share our love for travel, recreation and dining out. We also enjoy the informal potluck get-togethers at the clubhouse and pool.



Mike: Susan and I were initially wondering if the 55-plus concept would fit our lifestyle. Turns out, we were pleasantly surprised. Athertyn has incredibly active, vibrant residents — some of whom are younger than us.



Susan: And there are single women living here too. I wanted to choose a place where I could remain if something happened to Mike. There is a sense of community and safety here. Living on my own and not having to depend on my children is important to me.



What do you especially enjoy about your home?

Mike: We enjoy the coffered ceilings and hardwood floors, as well as the customized closets. Having a ‘great room’ creates a wonderful flow. Our home is a spacious end-unit with lots of light and beautiful views of Haverford Reserve. Susan and I feel like we’re living in a home — not a condo — and our friends agree.



Any sage advice for those thinking about moving?

Susan: If your lifestyle allows you to travel — then consider a place like this. Look long and hard at how much room you really need to live the life you want. It’s not for everybody. Some people still want or need a big home. Although most of the people we’ve met here were tired of maintaining a large home and chose to downsize.



What’s a good strategy for handling the transition?

Susan: Price your home to sell. Expect to get what’s reasonable. Since you’ll be ‘right-sizing,’ you’ll have to decide what furniture to keep. Learn to de-clutter and let go of things. We hired an organizational expert who helped us adjust by streamlining our belongings. I’ve simplified my way of life by living here.



How has living at Athertyn changed your life?

Mike: Athertyn is resort living. Not once have we questioned our decision to move here. It’s just a beautiful place to call home.



Susan: I’m going to sum it up. In Florida, Mike and I have this wonderful vacation mentality. And now we’ve found it here too. Yes, there’s laundry, cooking and all those things…but we have two vacation homes. And when every day feels like a vacation, you know you’re living life at its very best!

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