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A house-sized apartment?

Tallgrass Creek debuts super-sized model

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July 24th, 2012

Moving to a retirement community doesn t have to mean downsizing dramatically. Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans., offers a range of apartment home sizes and styles designed to fit a variety of lifestyles and preferences.

New home debut

Earlier this year, Tallgrass Creek debuted its newest and largest apartment home model, the Wheaton. The unique apartment home was created by combining two adjoining units to create one spacious 2,100-square-foot home. It features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, an open living and dining room, and a spacious laundry room. The upgraded kitchen is outfitted with granite counters and breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and custom maple spice cabinetry. When creating this combination, we took into consideration current trends in kitchens, including an extended granite countertop which is round and serves as a table for dining, says Tallgrass Creek Sales Director Jean Dennis. The elegant living and dining room features a tray (recessed) ceiling, crown molding, and recessed lighting. The floors are upgraded with Heritage Hickory flooring by Pergo, frieze carpet in the bedrooms, and ceramic tile in the bathrooms and laundry room. It has a remarkable view from the top floor of Redtail View and lots of space for entertaining, Jean says. The Wheaton will be popular for those looking for maintenance-free living without feeling like they have downsized excessively.

Closer to family

Marlys and Don Welch moved from Denver, Colo., to Tallgrass Creek at the end of April to be closer to their family. Two of their children, four of their grandsons, and eight of their great-grandchildren live near Overland Park. Marlys and Don had been living in a four-bedroom house in Denver. Marlys says she and Don were looking for a new home where they could host their large family and fit both a piano and an organ. The Wheaton apartment home fit their needs perfectly. We can stretch out, Marlys says. The windows are big and wide. It s open, and a lot of light comes in. One of Marlys favorite features of her new Tallgrass Creek home is the extra-large master bedroom suite, which includes a walk-in California closet, a spacious master bath with a double sink vanity, and a sitting area. She and Don put a couch and a comfortable footstool in their bedroom sitting area to create a cozy nook for reading and relaxing. It is huge, Marlys says excitedly of her new master bedroom. As for the Wheaton s other two bedrooms, Marlys says Don has claimed one for his office where he stores all of the things he kept in his office at the couple s former house in Denver. The third bedroom serves as a guest room. Marlys says it is quite large and includes a walk-in closet and its own bathroom. It makes the perfect overnight spot for visiting family members.

Room to grow

Marlys and Don are both avid readers, so bringing their vast book collection with them to Tallgrass Creek was a priority. Their spacious living area has more than enough room to accommodate their four large bookshelves, and they ve stashed a fifth bookshelf and a small desk in a nook near the kitchen, Marlys says. The Wheaton apartment home is so large that Marlys says she and Don were able to bring all of the furniture they wanted to keep. In fact, they ve still got room to grow. With the size of this place, I could have brought a few more pieces, Marlys says. The monthly service package at Tallgrass Creek includes one meal a day at the community s restaurants, which means residents don t have to cook if they don t want to. Marlys says she and Don dine frequently at the on-campus Blue Sky Restaurant, where they have been getting to know their new neighbors over dinner. However, Marlys isn t letting her new state-of-the-art kitchen collect dust. She enjoys cooking and gathering her family at her new home for meals. On a recent Sunday, Marlys says several of her children and grandchildren came over for a home-cooked meal at grandma and grandpa s house. The Wheaton s spacious dining area has plenty of space, so Marlys and Don kept their dining set, which meant their family could gather around a familiar table. It s more like having a house instead of an apartment, Marlys says.

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