Introducing the first installment in a new series where we invite you to get to know some of the friendly faces that call our trails, greenways and front porches home!
The first homeowners to buy in their phase, Barry and Kris celebrate three years in their new Riverwalk home this month. Barry and Kris met as college students in Buffalo, NY and went on to pursue rewarding careers as principals for middle and high schools. Though they’re both now retired, Kris still flexes her teaching muscle as an online instructor for Florida Atlantic University.
Originally from NY, the Black’s called Florida home prior to moving to the Carolinas. Like many grandparents, Barry and Kris made the move to Riverwalk to be close to their grown children. They’re proud to share that both their son and daughter work in technology for the likes of Yahoo, Tumblr and Google and enjoy watching their youngest granddaughter during the week.
The Black’s have always lived by water so being close to the river and getting in on the ground floor of a diverse, mixed-use community, was a major factor in choosing Riverwalk. They also wanted a fenced in yard for their adorable dachshunds, Cinnamon and Curry.
Kris’s artistic touch can be seen throughout their beautifully appointed home. She’s quick to point out that they designed the space as a couple and that Barry was, in fact, the one that encouraged her to return to art. Primarily producing custom jewelry, Barry manages the business so that Kris can focus on creating.
In addition to her creative endeavors, Kris serves on the board of the Newcomers of York County as a Reservationist. The civic-minded women’s organization offers a variety of opportunities for newcomers to meet their neighbors, enjoy social events with others and learn more about their community. The Blacks also hold season tickets to the Charlotte Hornets, Blumenthal Performing Arts and Rock Hill Community Theater.
When they’re not enjoying the trails, getting folks enthusiastic and involved in their community is a favorite pastime. To that end, Kris and Barry continually organize activities for residents like planning a Fire Pit Social complete with hot chocolate and s’mores.
Kris remarks, “You’re not just buying into a group of homes, you’re buying into a lifestyle, an active community that gets to know each other. It’s so much more than just living in a house. The homes are built alongside shops and restaurants which allows a natural interaction with the public. That, plus world-class amenities, makes Riverwalk the place to live.”