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‘Worth the wait’

North Carolina couple chooses Tallgrass Creek as new home

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January 30th, 2015
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When you walk into the spacious residence of Pam and Jim Allen, you have an immediate sense of comfort, home, and warmth. The Allens were among the first residents of Meadowlark Terrace, Tallgrass Creek’s newest address, and chose a Washington-style, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a sunroom. The couple moved on November 20, just in time to leave for Thanksgiving. 

“We left right after we moved for Charlotte, N.C., to have Thanksgiving with two of our children and their families,” says Pam. 

The Allens, who spent the last twenty years in Charlotte, discovered Creek in 2012 on a Christmas visit to Overland Park, where their daughter and her family live. Their then-sixth-grade grandson Cale turned out to be a Tallgrass Creek ambassador when he suggested his grandparents look at the Overland Park community. Cale’s choral group sang at several retirement communities in the area, and he was particularly taken with Tallgrass Creek. 

“We walked into Tallgrass Creek the day after Christmas that year and fell in love with it,” says Jim. “Judy [Baxter, sales counselor] showed us around, and there was such an activity level. It seemed everyone was doing something positive.” 

A surprising sale  

The Allens put their names on Tallgrass Creek’s priority list in February 2013 before Meadowlark Terrace was even under construction. Knowing it would be a while before the new residence building was completed, they also thought it would take some time to get their home in Charlotte ready to sell. 

Their house went on the market in May 2013, and to the Allens’ surprise, it sold in ten days. 

“So in July 2013, we moved into an apartment close to Tallgrass Creek and watched Meadowlark Terrace go up story by story,” says Jim. “We were delighted when the building was finished two months before everyone thought it would be.”

Turnkey traveling

Jim has enjoyed two careers and retired from both. He was in the U.S. Army for twenty years and retired as a Lt. Colonel. Next was a 20-year stint in the banking business, mostly in the risk management area. Though still looking at all the activities Tallgrass Creek offers, he plans to be an active member of the veterans’ group. 

Pam is a confirmed crafter and particularly loves quilting. The couple’s bright sunroom is beautifully organized with her projects, materials, and work spaces. She plans to join the very active Tallgrass Creek Quilters and will participate in the community’s weekly tai chi classes. 

Two four-legged family members, Sally and Lucy, live with them at Tallgrass Creek. The adorable rescue dogs love loping in Tallgrass Creek’s dog park located northeast of the clubhouse. 

One of the Allens’ favorite pastimes is traveling, especially to the British Isles and Alaska. Tallgrass Creek provides a stress-free way to enjoy their trips.   

“Traveling will be so much easier living here,” says Jim. “We can just walk away and not worry. There’s no yard, house, weather, or all the other things we worried about when leaving our former home. It’s a turnkey situation.”

Great start 

The Allens utilized the services of Erickson Living-recommended downsizing expert Linda Scardino and movers C & C Relocation. Both made for a great beginning to their new life at Tallgrass Creek.

“We’ve moved a lot, and it was by far the easiest, best move we’ve ever had,” says Pam. 

These days, the Allens are on to discovering everything their new community offers. One of the first positive experiences they had was in the on-site restaurant.

“The food is great,” says Jim. “I expected it to be good, but preparing for this many people is difficult. The kitchen and staff do a great job.” 

They also have confirmed the feelings they picked up when they first visited Tallgrass Creek several years ago. 

“It is carefree, first-class living but also a friendly, accepting community,” says Pam. “It is a great decision for us and definitely worth the wait.”