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The view (inside and out)

Just one of many features in Wind Crest’s new residence buildings

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January 30th, 2015
couple staring out there window looking at mountains

Bob and Patty Lee had been eyeing Crest since July 2006, but it wasn’t until the Highlands Ranch, Colo., community announced construction of its new residence building, McHenry’s Crossing, that they jumped at the chance to move.

“We had been on the priority list since July 31, 2006,” Bob says. “We had researched other communities in the area, but we kept coming back to Wind Crest for its friendly people and staff, and the overall positive climate of the place.”

“Timing was never right, but as soon as we heard about the new buildings—and the view—we made our decision to move,” Patty adds, referring to McHenry’s Crossing’s view of the golf course, Highline Canal, and Pike’s Peak.

A perfect fit

The couple wanted to downsize from a large, single-family house in nearby Centennial, but they still wanted some personal space. So they chose a roomy, two-bedroom Jameson floor plan. It fit their lifestyle needs and their budget. 

The large, open living area spills out to their balcony, where they enjoy a stunning view of the golf course and a glimpse of Pike’s Peak. Their home has two bathrooms, the master featuring a double vanity, popular stand-up shower, and a generous walk-in closet, which they had outfitted with custom shelving before they moved in.

“It’s very impressive to walk into these new homes,” Patty says. 

Every apartment home in McHenry’s Crossing and Parry Landing (which opens in a few weeks) has an open layout that combines the kitchen, living, and dining areas for one large, light-filled space.

“In the design of all our new homes, we really listened to our customers and current residents as well as current home trends,” says Sales Director Jason Atwell. “People want open floor plans.”

While standard features include oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, the Lees opted to add crown molding, plantation shutters, and custom lighting. They were even able to tint their windows to control the sunlight while not blocking the magnificent view from their large windows.

Priority list benefits

The Lees worked with Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg to plan and design their new home. Having brought 75% of their existing furniture and 25% new furniture, the Lees found Brandenburg’s furniture planning helpful. “We worked with Beth and went over it twice to finalize it,” Bob says.

They also took advantage of exclusive priority list events, such as open houses and moving workshops. “We attended three or four a year,” Bob says. “They kept us interested.”

“They were very helpful, especially those about the move-in procedure and open houses of existing residents’ houses, so we could see how they had made use of their space,” Patty adds. 

The Lees benefited from joining the priority list early—seven years before they were ready to move. “It’s a way to secure a place in line for an apartment home at Wind Crest,” Atwell explains. 

All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. 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. 

Because the Lees joined early, they were at the top of the list when Wind Crest announced McHenry’s Crossing. They were among the first people contacted about the new homes and were able to choose theirs immediately. 


Wind Crest skywalk a sight to see

Bob and Patty Lee are just a short hop away from their daughter’s in-laws, who live on the other side of Wind Crest, or, as Patty likes to say, “across the bridge.”

Wind Crest connected its new neighborhood with the original neighborhood by a magnificent skywalk spanning 440 feet. From the bridge, one can view the foothills of the Rockies, the rolling greens of the golf course, and the Highline Canal and Trail that wind through campus. 

“The bridge is beautiful,” Patty says. 

They and many of their neighbors planned to view the first snowfall from the bridge. A popular spot for shutterbugs, the bridge is a sight to see—and the perfect weatherproof place to see the sights.