ANDERSON — Since Herb and Betty Pruett were drawn to this area via Anderson University — and they met walking the campus byways — it is only fitting they have retired to University Village, the condominiums with a direct connection to the school.
“If you grew up in the Church of God and you went to school, you went to Anderson University,” said Betty, who hailed from West Virginia. “It was a strong place for students to come.”
Herb didn’t have to travel quite as far to school, as his home was Indianapolis. Still, the couple remained nearby after graduation as he became a teacher and later a principal in the Anderson Community Schools and she worked for Delco Remy.
While raising their four children, they lived in a large home in Middletown. After the kids were grown, they decided condo living would be preferable.
“We had a big house and a big yard with big trees and it was a lot of work,” said Betty, married 58 years. “We wanted to downsize and were surprised to find these condos. We didn’t even know they were here.”
Building their unit in 2000, they were able to choose from a handful of layouts and then tweak the design to suit their lifestyle. Since it was the third time they had built a home, they knew exactly what they wanted.
“What I noticed was that every layout had the kitchen in the front of the house and this is the first time I had that,” said Betty. “I love it. You get to see out the front instead of the back. It’s a great design.”
One spacious area combines the kitchen and dining room and is enlarged further as no wall separates the dining area from the living room. The cathedral ceiling adds to the roomy feel and a consistent color scheme unifies the areas.