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Model apartment homes moving quickly at Eagle’s Trace

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February 21st, 2012

Lesley Sklenicka wasn t planning to move from her two-bedroom, two-bath Manchester-style apartment home at Eagle s Trace. But when she happened by the open door of a model home on the same floor as her s, she couldn t resist taking a peek. The model was gorgeous, says Lesley. It had an open layout with beautiful upgrades. The whole apartment just felt warm and inviting. Lesley casually inquired in the sales office if the model was for sale. Assured that it was, she returned to her apartment with a plan forming in her mind. I called my two daughters, who live in Sugarland, and told them that I was thinking about changing apartments. Naturally, they rushed right over, says Lesley. They thought I d lost my mind. But after one look at the model, Lesley s daughters understood her excitement. As did her neighbors, who were more than happy to pitch in and help her move from one side of the hall to the other. My neighbors told me I could move as long as I stayed on our floor, says Lesley. As it works out, the new apartment is between two of my closest friends.

New floor plans

The apartment that caught Lesley s eye is the Fredericksburg, one of three new floor plans at Eagle s Trace. Named after quintessential Texas towns, the Fredericksburg, along with the Wimberley and the Bandera, are generating quite a buzz at the community. We heard feedback from prospective residents who were looking for apartment homes with open concept layouts, says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. The idea of having a great room with flexible living space is high on many people s wish list. Coupled with an impressive list of upgrades granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, engineered wood floors, plantation shutters, crown molding, custom light fixtures, and closet systems, the new floor plans have proven enticing for current and prospective residents alike. Our model apartments are selling as soon as they are finished, says Burgeson. We have people coming to look at them, saying I want that apartment.

Eye-catching design

Part of the appeal lies in the presentation. Thanks to Custom Interiors Coordinator Jeanie Bengel, each finished apartment looks like a work of art. I leave a bit of my heart and soul with each project, says Bengel. Every time I start working on a new apartment, I try to create a memory point, something really impactful that leaves a lasting impression. In one model apartment, now sold, Bengel spent three days painting a custom wall mural resembling bricks. The design of that model included brick flooring in the entryway and kitchen, says Bengel. I felt the brick wall in the second bedroom would help tie the whole look together. And it did. The walls had a Venetian plaster treatment that, combined with the brick flooring and wall, gave the apartment a Tuscan feel. Jeanie does an incredible job selecting the finishes and d cor for each model, says Burgeson. It s not really a surprise that they are selling so quickly.

Form and function

Bengel, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, emphasizes that functionality and design can coexist. Safety, style, and function should be seamlessly integrated into all areas of design, she says. You don t have to sacrifice one for the other. As an example, Bengel points to several new showers in select apartments. Each features custom tilework, grab bars in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, and decorative niches for shampoo. The marketplace has listened to the need for products that cater to the over-65 generation, resulting in offerings that are ADA compliant without sacrificing the overall design concept, says Bengel. We can create beautiful spaces with upgrades that are thoughtfully done.