As you walk into this 2004 brick ranch, you notice the brightness of its living space.
The tall, north windows have no curtains and look out to a small pond. Jerry and Margaret Kenzie are lucky to have the development pond in their backyard, and they take great pride in caring for it. It reminds them of being on their farmstead where they lived for 53 years. Watching the ducks, geese and muskrats is quite peaceful for them.
“We like that our new home is all one level,” says Jerry. “There are many more reasons we love it here, too. We love the back deck, the attached garage and the full finished basement.”
Smiling, Jerry admits the number one reason he loves his new home could be the fact that he gets his daily paper delivered early in the morning right to his front door. It wasn’t like that on the farm, he say.
The couple has a blessed life. They raised six children on the farm. They have traveled to all 50 states with other couples. They winter in the warm south.
And now they appreciate the new life they have in Altoona.
They do coffee at Hy-Vee with old friends and are making new friends. They are closer than ever before to local restaurants. They enjoy not having to cook and being able to make a quick dash eat at Culver’s, the Sugar Shack and Big Steer.
“I walk in the neighborhood,” says Jerry. “We are clearly the oldest couple in the development, and I enjoy watching all the young families and their kids.”
They feel safe in the Wyatt Woods development.
“If our neighbors don’t see enough activity over here, they come check on us, which is really nice,” Margaret states.
The entertaining they do is mostly family for the holidays. With six children, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, it can be a challenge to get everyone together at one time. They redid the basement bedroom and bathroom to accommodate guests.
The kitchen is large and bright. Off to the side of the kitchen table sits two chairs — one for each of them — right in front of the fireplace.
“This is easy living for us,” smiles Jerry.