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Reserve early, move happy

Highland Springs priority list members have first choice of apartments

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February 8th, 2016
Jim and Jeanette Krajeck
Jim and Jeanette Krajeck

When it comes to planning for the future, Jim and Jeanette Krajeck prefer a proactive approach.

“We like to think ahead, not react to circumstances,” says Jim, a retired hospital administrator.

The couple relied on that forward-thinking attitude as they mapped out their move to Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas.

“We’re both very independent and don’t want to be a burden to our children,” says Jeanette. “We wanted to sell our home and downsize without placing that responsibility on our kids.”

Taking the first step

Jim and Jeanette lived in a single-family home in Robson Ranch, a 55-plus community in Denton, Tex., for 12 years. They first learned of Highland Springs when their friends, Jim and Judy O’Connor, moved to the North Dallas community.

“Highland Springs has many of the same amenities as Robson Ranch, except they’re all under the same roof,” says Jim. “Highland Springs also has the benefit of an on-site medical center with full-time physicians.”

The couple liked the lifestyle offered at Highland Springs and felt it could factor in to their future plans.

“We joined the priority list in 2011,” says Jim. “It was a way to keep our options open.”

Priority list members are prospective residents who put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice. Priority list members are given first right of refusal when their desired floor plan becomes available.

New construction announcement

As priority list members, Jim and Jeanette received invitations to parties and exclusive events at Highland Springs. 

“Priority list members are the first to learn of any special offers or new construction,” says Sales Director Jennifer O’Reilly. “We reach out to them before we make any announcement to the general public.”

For Jim and Jeanette, one invitation was particularly intriguing. They attended a preview event for priority list members in May 2014, when Highland Springs unveiled plans for a new residence building, Willow Ridge.

“That prompted us to really consider a move,” says Jeanette. “We saw the floor plans and liked the idea of having a new apartment.”

Jim and Jeanette studied the 14 never-before-seen floor plans before selecting a two-bedroom, two-bath Somerton-style apartment with a den and dining room.

“We saw the value of establishing our priority list date in advance once Highland Springs announced the construction of Willow Ridge,” says Jim. “As long-time priority list members, we had first choice of apartments. We were able to get exactly what we wanted.”

Coordinated move

Jim and Jeanette worked closely with Highland Springs’ personal moving consultant to coordinate the details of their move. They used resources available through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, including referrals to an Erickson Living-preferred real estate agent and moving company.

“We were one of the first three Willow Ridge residents to move in,” says Jeanette. “It all went according to plan.”

Now that they’re settled in their new apartment, Jim and Jeanette say the proactive approach gives them peace of mind.

“At Robson Ranch, the nearest grocery store was eight miles away,” says Jeanette. “Now everything we need is just down the hall.”

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