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Highland Springs rolls out new floor plan, the Westbrook

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September 20th, 2010

Highland Springs recently rolled out its newest floor plan, the Westbrook, with over 1,900 square feet of first floor living space. The spacious corner retreat is the latest in a portfolio of floor plans that range from one bedroom, one bath apartment homes to the expansive single-level apartment home that rivals a single-family residence. Several members of our Priority List have expressed an interest in larger apartments, says Jennifer O Reilly, marketing director at Highland Springs. We re taking their ideas and making them a reality. Featuring a spacious kitchen and dining room, the Westbrook is ideally suited to accommodate large gatherings of people. The couple who moved into the Westbrook has quite an extended family, so the additional space for entertaining appealed to them, says O Reilly. The unit also features two bedroom suites, each with a full bathroom and walk-in closets, a walkout patio, accessible from both the living room and den, and a laundry room with ample storage space.

Unique space

For some, this latest option makes downsizing a little easier. When former university administrator Carol Haenel heard about the Westbrook, she drove up from Round Rock to take a look. My father lived at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Baltimore, and I have two cousins who live there, she says. I also have an aunt who lives at Charlestown, in Catonsville, Md., so I m familiar with the Erickson Living lifestyle. Anticipating a move in the next few years, Haenel and her husband joined the Priority List at Highland Springs and have been studying the various floor plans. Haenel s reaction to the Westbrook? It s a very thoughtful design, she says. I like the fact that the two bedrooms are on separate ends of the residence. When guests come to stay, it s almost like they have their own wing. Haenel also appreciates the less traditional approach to apartment home design. I like the idea of building to suit, she says. As my husband and I pinpoint exactly what we want in an apartment home, I think it will be fun to tweak a floor plan according to our needs. Whether those changes involve adding a closet or combining two apartments, as was the case with the Westbrook, there are endless possibilities for creating a unique space.

Finishing touches

Once prospective residents have a basic footprint in mind, they can begin making design selections to complete their apartment home. Highland Springs Custom Interiors Coordinator Joyce Cates selected the finishes in the Westbrook. Her services are complimentary for new and existing residents. The couple who moved into the Westbrook had certain design preferences, and I spent enough time with them in their home before they moved to know what they liked, says Cates. We worked together to select materials and finishes that suited their tastes. The resulting look combines functionality with casual elegance. From the double crown molding in the dining room to the sealed granite sink in the kitchen, every detail lends charm to the space. This is such a beautiful unit and so well designed, says Gail Wrzesinski, move-in coordinator at Highland Springs. The apartment flows nicely.

Functionality at its best

Wrzesinski works with prospective residents to arrange the details of their move to the community. As such, she often visits them in their home prior to moving. So many people who have a two-story home don t ever go upstairs, she says. Most people just use the kitchen, master bedroom, and the living room or den. When you think about it, the Westbrook brings these rooms together without the inconvenience of stairs. This floor plan really combines all the elements of home.