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Countdown to Willow Ridge

A handful of large, luxurious apartments are still available

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January 30th, 2015
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Future Springs residents recently gathered for a Meet Your Neighbor event at Canyon Creek Country Club.

“We are so excited that our newest residence building, Willow Ridge, will be opening soon,” says Jennifer O’Reilly, sales director at the North Dallas community. “More than 80% of the apartments in Willow Ridge are reserved, so we wanted to give our future residents the opportunity to get to know each other.”

Willow Ridge will feature 99 apartments, under-building parking, a conference center, and wildflower gardens. The new residence building will offer 14 never-before-seen floor plans.

“We’ve used feedback from current residents and priority list members in the design of the new floor plans,” says O’Reilly. “The apartments in Willow Ridge will offer open-concept living areas, generous storage spaces, and most have the option of a patio, balcony, or screened-in porch.”

Right-sized living area

Brock and Joyce Barton joined the priority list at Highland Springs in February 2008. Brock, a retired engineer, created an Excel spreadsheet to compare retirement communities across North Texas.

“We like the bright, inviting atmosphere at Highland Springs,” says Brock. “There are plenty of activities to choose from, the cost falls within a reasonable price range, and we can bring our dog Cinder and our cat Lola.”

When the couple learned of Willow Ridge, they were quick to study the new floor plans.

“We wanted a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a den and a screened-in porch,” says Brock. “The Stratford fit the bill.”

They plan to use the den as a home office for their computer desks. They like the open layout, the generously sized bedrooms, the large utility room, and dual sinks in the master bath.

“We’re moving from a 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house,” says Brock. “We’re essentially getting rid of the space we don’t use. The layout of the Stratford will allow us to benefit from every part of the apartment.”

Creating a ‘canvas’

In 2012, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) commissioned a study to determine what differentiated those who felt at home in an independent living community from those who did not.

The study, conducted by ProMatura, found that consumers over the age of 55 are looking for flexible spaces that are comfortable and can take on a new form or function without major renovations. The study also found that the type of apartment residents lived in greatly contributed to their feeling of being at home. 

Like Brock and Joyce, the study found that independent living residents want usable storage space, good natural light, and enough space to enjoy their apartments.

“The goal of independent living is to provide a canvas where the customer can create a lifestyle that he or she wants, where they can live well and function as they want within their community,” says David Schless, president of ASHA. 

Feels like home

For Don and Nelsie Petersen, “home” means having a place for Nelsie’s grand piano. Nelsie has played the piano since she was a little girl and still enjoys sitting down to tickle the ivories.

“We’ve been interested in Highland Springs for a number of years, and we’ve participated in activities like the Write a Memory class at the community,” says Nelsie. “When they announced the construction of Willow Ridge, we decided we were ready to move.”

Don and Nelsie selected a Somerton-style floor plan: a deluxe two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a den and dining room.

“The open concept can accommodate our living room furniture and the grand piano,” says Nelsie. “We’re planning to use the second bedroom as a home office. I think it will work out nicely.”

‘All the space I need’

For Rita Howard, the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Walton-style floor plan is just perfect.

“I’m tired of having the responsibility of a house, but I don’t want to downsize too much,” says Rita, who looks forward to moving to Willow Ridge. “I love the open layout of the Walton and the two bedrooms on opposite sides of the apartment.”

Rita plans to keep the living room as a place for conversation and use the den as her TV room. She’ll use the second bedroom as a guest room for family and friends.

“Everything flows well in the Walton, and I’ll have all the space I need,” she says. “I can’t wait to move in.”