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Living large

Combination apartments at Eagle’s Trace offer more space, greater flexibility

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October 23rd, 2012

Everyone knows that, in Texas, bigger is better. That s especially true when it comes to Texas homes. Despite predictions from industry professionals that home sizes would shrink, the average size of new single home construction in 2011 grew to 2,481 square feet, a 3.7% increase over the previous year. At the top of most buyers wish lists? Space to spread out and get comfortable. According to a National Association of Home Builders report, The New Home in 2015, a great room is the number one feature most likely to be included in a new home. A kitchen, living room, family room combination called the great room is the one room that will continue to grow, says Stephen Melman, director of economic services for the National Association of Home Builders.

Great room the focal point

That concept a large, flexible living space is at the heart of new combination apartments atEagle s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston. Combination apartments, aptly named as they marry two apartments into one, first debuted at Eagle s Trace in 2009. Currently, the community has five combination apartments, all above the 2,000-square-foot mark. The newest floor plan, the Trinity, located in the Pecan Grove residence building, measures just over 2,200 square feet. It is a two-bedroom, two-and-a half-bath, open concept with ample closet space. We ve listened to current and prospective residents and tried to incorporate their wish lists into our newest designs, says Eagle s Trace Sales Director Pam Burgeson. Their top priorities are an extra-large master bedroom, a full-size kitchen, extra closet space, and a great room for entertaining.

Space to spread out

Jo and Billie Jo Graves moved into a combination apartment two years ago. The spaciousness of the community favorably impressed the couple during their first visit. We liked the 76 acres with the lake and walking trails, says Billie Jo. It seemed like there was room to spread out. The couple wanted that same feeling in their new home. Unfortunately, the largest two-bedroom floor plan, the Williamsburg, was sold out. When the sales team showed us the architect s rendering for the community s third combination apartment, we liked the fact that the new apartment would give us 2,200 square feet, says Billie Jo. Jo and I wanted the additional space. We weren t ready to squeeze together. Three months later, in June 2010, the couple moved into their new home, the Rio Grande. It boasts a large kitchen, living room, dining room, study, laundry room, two bedrooms and two and a half baths. We re very pleased with our apartment and with Eagle s Trace, says Billie Jo. It s easy to meet people here, and it s easy to entertain. We ll call friends and invite them for wine and hors d oeuvres before dinner. It s just a great place. We re glad we made the move.

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