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Just right

The perfect one-bedroom home

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February 23rd, 2015
woman in her apartment home


When the Tribune interviewed Joan Armstrong last summer, she was anticipating great things from her impending move to Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo. 

She moved into McHenry’s Crossing on December 1, shortly after the neighborhood opened, and she hasn’t been disappointed. 

“I’m very happy here,” Joan says. 

In mid-January, she was still settling in to her one-bedroom Eaton-model apartment home, which she says suits her well. Plantation shutters had been installed before she moved, “which I really like,” and she was still decorating. 

The Eaton floor plan features an open concept with one bedroom, one and a half bathrooms, a balcony, a large walk-in closet, a laundry room, and a pantry (see the layout on page 10).

Spacious one bedroom

“I chose the Eaton because I have a laundry room and a pantry and lots of space in every room,” she says. As a widow, she appreciates having only one bedroom to clean. 

“I didn’t really want a second bedroom because I have no need for it,” she says. One of her two sons lives in nearby Centennial. When the other son visits from Washington, D.C., he stays with his brother. 

In fact, after her Arvada house sold in just four days, Joan lived with her son and his wife in Centennial for six weeks before her apartment was finished being built. 

“The Eaton is a great choice for someone like Joan,” says Sales Manager Blake Marshall. “She can enjoy all of Wind Crest’s amenities without having to deal with a lot of rooms to clean. Yet she still has a beautiful, spacious, comfortable home.” 

Aside from fewer rooms to clean, Joan also doesn’t have to worry about home or yard maintenance. It’s all included in her monthly service package, which conveniently bundles all utilities, home maintenance, property taxes, a flexible meal plan, and use of all community amenities.

Naturally bright

Part of the Eaton’s appeal is its spacious, open floor plan. Joan enjoys breakfast and lunch either at her breakfast bar that creates a subtle separation between the kitchen and the living space, or at her dining room table.  

Her kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a balanced combination of recessed and pendant lights. Arched doorways soften the architecture. 

Natural light flows through the home thanks to the open floor plan and large windows. The balcony, accessed through the master bedroom, creates a nice private outdoor oasis.  

Aside from her brand new apartment home, Joan especially appreciates the new friendships she has made. “I’ve met several other women, and we’ve become friends quickly,” she says. They enjoy dining together at Wind Crest’s on-campus restaurants.


A sight to see

Model home, neighborhood tours now available

Wind Crest features the one-bedroom Eaton floor plan as one of its new model homes available to tour. Designed based on customer feedback, the Eaton is one of three new model homes. 

Fully decorated and furnished, the models represent the updated modern standards now available in every new apartment home at Wind Crest: upgraded kitchens, contemporary fixtures, and more sunrooms and balconies to highlight the property’s stunning views.  

Other models available to tour include the two-bedroom, two-bath Jameson and the luxury two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Walton, the largest new floor plan available. All three models feature balconies. 

Model home visits include a tour of Wind Crest’s newest neighborhood, which is home to Windows Restaurant with patio dining and Blue Sky Bistro. The neighborhood also will include a day spa, a second community fitness center, Timberline Tavern, Burton’s Steakhouse, Red Rocks Catering Room, and a 230-seat Arts and Enrichment Center.