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‘Leaning toward cheerful’

From apartment to dream home

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July 27th, 2010

When Sidney Hamilton first stepped into her apartment home at Eagle s Trace, she wasn t convinced it was the one for her. It had features that I loved a balcony overlooking the lake and lots of windows but the design choices of the previous owner didn t suit my taste, says Hamilton. The walls were painted gray and the laminate floors looked worn. Still, Hamilton could envision its potential. I took interior design classes in college, and I ve always enjoyed decorating, she says. My style is somewhat relaxed. I don t like things to be too formal, but I do want my home to look beautiful. Hamilton s previous home in Kingwood, an hour northeast of Eagle s Trace, reflected her aesthetic sensibilities. My sister said that walking into my Kingwood home was like walking into the embassy, she recalls. I wanted to recreate that feeling in this apartment.

Apartment facelift

With assistance from Jeanie Bengel, custom interiors coordinator atEagle s Trace, Hamilton set about transforming the two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home into a light, airy space. I replaced the laminate with carpet and painted the walls lemon yellow, says Hamilton. As I ve gotten older, my preference has leaned toward bright, cheerful colors. The walls also serve as a showcase for the artwork Hamilton has collected over the years. I lived in New Orleans before I moved to the Houston area, and I used to buy old historical prints in the French Quarter, she says. Then I went on a cruise several years ago and discovered artwork by Itzchak Tarkay. I love the vibrant colors in his paintings. In the kitchen, Hamilton switched out a black-and-white granite countertop to brown granite to complement the wall color. Even with the changes she has already made to the apartment home, she still considers it a work in progress. I don t feel like it s done, says Hamilton. I haven t picked window treatments yet, and there are still changes I would like to make in the second bedroom, which I m using as an office.

Better than new

While Hamilton continues with her makeover efforts, a growing number of people are following her lead by opting to purchase a resale apartment instead of a new one. WhenEagle s Traceopened in October 2005, the apartment homes with the best views and most popular floor plans sold out quickly, says Pam Burgeson, director of sales atEagle s Trace. Now a handful of those apartment homes are available. We ve had residents downsize to smaller apartments or relocate to be closer to family; we ve even had a few weddings that resulted in available apartments. Several of the available units include upgrades at no additional charge. We have a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment home available now with all the bells and whistles wood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, says Burgeson. It won t last long. That s why it is important for people who are really serious about moving to the community to join the priority list by putting down a fully refundable deposit. Once you are on the priority list, you can pick out your favorite floor plans and preferred amenities. When something becomes available that matches those specifications, we will give you a call. It s the easiest way to get the apartment home you really want. To learn more about available apartment homes, contactEagle s Traceat 1-800-989-6327.