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Testing the waters

Priority list member gets firsthand look at Wind Crest

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March 24th, 2014
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By the time Yolanda Smith moves into her new apartment home at Crest, she’ll be nearly as familiar with the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community as those who’ve lived there for years. 

Yolanda and a few friends started considering Wind Crest in 2010. When they visited in 2011, they joined the priority list, which not only secured them a place in line for an available apartment home, but also gave them myriad opportunities to get to know the place. 

Priority list pluses

Priority list members receive exclusive invitations to luncheons and special events. They’re the first to learn of any new construction or changes. And they get to spend one night at the community, enjoying complimentary meals and opportunities to join activities and use the amenities. 

All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. “Once we learned about the $1,000 refundable deposit, at least four of us decided to do it,” she says of joining the priority list. 

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. As apartment homes become available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

With Wind Crest’s first neighborhood 100% sold out, joining the priority list is the only way to secure a future home at the community.

Another priority list plus? Even though Yolanda and her friends weren’t ready to move yet, they didn’t feel pressured. “When we said we can’t move yet, they said, ‘That’s okay,’” Yolanda recalls. She and her friends were able to wait without pressure until the time was right. And that time has come.

First to know

When Wind Crest announced the addition of 102 new apartment homes that will open in fall 2014 to priority list members, Yolanda didn’t miss her opportunity to choose her brand new apartment home.

“When I reserved my apartment home in McHenry’s Crossing, the building was already 40% sold out. When we went to a ‘Meet Your Neighbors’ event in early February, it was 80% sold out. I am so glad I joined the priority list when I did; otherwise, I might have missed this opportunity,” she says. 

Yolanda chose an east-facing, one-bedroom, Evans-style apartment home with a balcony—one of her priorities. (The Evans floor plan is featured on page 10.) It’s exactly what she wanted. With an open, spacious living area and a large bedroom, the Evans requires little upkeep—something Yolanda looks forward to leaving behind. 

Yolanda has been doing a lot of looking forward lately. “I’m just so excited about everything they offer—the fitness center, the swimming pool, the meal plan, no more paying multiple bills, less house upkeep. There’s just so much that Wind Crest offers.”

And most of it is included in the monthly service package. “There’s so much included in the monthly package, and then a list of extras you can add or not add. I like that,” she says. “I like having a smaller monthly fee and the ability to add extras or not.” 

All costs, including property taxes but excluding telephone, are bundled in each household’s monthly service package. The package also includes one meal a day at any of the community’s on-site restaurants and use of all amenities—like the swimming pool, fitness center, gardens, classrooms, and games rooms.

Swimming in sunshine—and snow

Yolanda plans to use lots of Wind Crest’s amenities, especially the indoor, glass-enclosed swimming pool. “Being from Florida, I love to swim,” she says. “The pool faces the mountains and is entirely glassed in. I just fell in love with it.”

Yolanda looks forward to walking from her apartment to the swimming pool because it’s all indoors. “I don’t walk enough, so I’m actually looking forward to the walk from my apartment to the pool,” she says, adding that the enclosed, climate-controlled walkway that will connect the new building was a huge deciding factor for her to reserve in McHenry’s Crossing.

Shuttles are available to take residents around the campus. 

Preparing to move

Though Yolanda looks forward to moving into her new home at Wind Crest, she still needs to sell her house and prepare for the transition. 

Read about how Yolanda is using Wind Crest’s complimentary personal moving consultant to make her move hassle-free in next month’s issue of the Tribune.