“I think everyone wants the same things. We all want to have a good time and enjoy life. That’s easy when you love where you are living, and you enjoy the people and what you are doing,” says Jayne Barruch. It was this desire that inspired Barruch and her husband to venture out and find a new life in Wilmington.
Larry and Jayne Barruch both grew up on Long Island. They were living in Westchester, NY, when in 2008, Larry decided to make a list of all of the places he thought they might want to retire to. He attended an Ideal-LIVING Resort & Retirement Show, stared researching, then brought his wife Jayne to a Show in Greenwich, CT, in 2010. They first took a tour of the Lowcountry from Charleston to Savannah. The next trip in 2010, they flew into Myrtle Beach and explored Brunswick County to Wilmington, NC. While in Wilmington, they visited seven or eight communities.
Larry says, “It’s like when you are taking your kids to look at colleges, you have to look at a lot of them, and see what fits. You do yourself a disservice if you don’t look at multiple communities.”
Goal #1: Find a New Life in Wilmington
“Back in 2010, we just had a feeling. We loved the vision for Compass Pointe and what it would become. There was something about it – we felt at home and comfortable. We didn’t have that feeling at other places. We took a leap of faith and are so happy with what Compass Pointe has become,” said Jayne.
And, the Barruch’s are more than overjoyed that their annual property taxes are now what they used to pay in a month.
“We knew we wanted to live near the beach and being here in Compass Pointe, we are close to so many beaches – Wrightsville Beach, Brunswick County beaches, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach. The weather is so warm, we can even go to the beach in October and November,” she continued. The Barruch’s are such avid ambassadors that many of their friends decided to move to Compass Pointe.
When the Barruch’s aren’t helping others find their ideal retirement, their lives are full of activity. In addition to golfing at Compass Pointe and nearby courses, Jayne spends her time woodworking, making jewelry, sewing, playing cards, going for walks, seeing friends, and just having some down time to enjoy life. She’s a member of many clubs, including the Benevolence Club that helps people in need.
Jayne says, “Compass Pointe is a very caring community that comes together when people are in need. You just put it on the community blog and people will respond. We really look out for one another.”
And, yes, Larry is just as busy as his wife. He plays golf, bowls, and is on the traffic/safety and the communications committees. He is a monthly contributor to The Pointe magazine (the community’s monthly magazine), and writes a column on the legends and lore of the Carolinas. Larry is also an investigator for the Port City Paranormal, where he researches the local lore and ghost stories. When he was a child, his father called him “Dr. Spook,” and his fascination continues today. He can regale you with many a tale of the local area, including the Legend of the Maco Light.
While their two children still live in the Northeast, Jayne and Larry don’t feel they are missing out as they either fly or drive back to see their children whenever they want. Jayne says, “The children are busy with their own lives and we have weekly FaceTime sessions with the grandkids. Although when we return to New York, within 15 minutes we remember why we left.”
The Barruch’s encourage others to “seize the moment.” They advise others who are thinking about relocating to, “Do your homework. Find your area or city, then visit multiple communities. Talk to the people who live there. Find out why people came, what they like, and what they don’t. Nothing is perfect. But, this is as close as you can get.”
“We took a leap of faith and are so happy with what https://www.ideal-living.com/north-carolina/compass-pointe/ has become.”