Communities meet demand for more space

Created date

March 22nd, 2010

From the plains of west Texas to the sprawling acreages in the hill country, if there s one thing Texans have in common, it s their penchant for wide open spaces. [caption id="attachment_8828" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Pete and Barbara Scholl relax in their 1,900-square-foot apartment home at Eagle s Trace."]Highland Springs, the Erickson community in north Dallas. According to a survey released in September 2009 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the median size of older adults (55+) current house was 1,886 square feet, not too different from the median 1,903 square feet they were looking for in a new home. [caption id="attachment_8832" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Barbara Scholl enjoys the convenience of having a full-size laundry room just off the breakfast area in her apartment home at Eagle s Trace."]Eagle s Trace in Houston, and now we are making them available.

Open concept design

Longtime Houston residents Pete and Barbara Scholl were the first to reserve one of the spacious new apartment homes atEagle s Trace. Our daughter researched a number of retirement communities in the area and heard about the plan to build larger apartments atEagle s Trace, says Mr. Scholl. She encouraged us to visit the community and take a look. When the Scholls saw their future residence, it was two separate apartments. [caption id="attachment_8829" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The Scholls kitchen features granite countertops, new appliances, and ample cabinet space."][/caption] The design was already in place to combine the two units, says Mrs. Scholl. I was able to choose the wall colors, the hardwood floors, the plantation shutters, the kitchen countertops, and the cabinets. The end result is a 1,900-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath apartment home with an open layout in the living room, dining room, and kitchen area. We enjoy all the perks of [community] living atEagle s Trace, says Mrs. Scholl, but when you walk into our apartment and close the door, it feels like we live in a single-family home. We have plenty of closet space and a full laundry room. And we were able to bring most of our furniture with us. [caption id="attachment_8822" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The Scholls living area is open to the kitchen and dining area. "][/caption]

All the comforts of home

The ability to fit larger furniture pieces into the combination units is a key selling point, according to Burgeson. These apartments can accommodate pianos, full home offices, you name it, she says. And that doesn t include the people. We had 29 people and 2 dogs in our apartment last Thanksgiving, says Mrs. Scholl, and it didn t feel crowded at all. The Scholls daughter, Susan Coakley, couldn t agree more. Their apartment is perfect, she says. I think they enjoy it more and more each day.