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Small-scale oasis

One-bedroom apartments maximize budget, living space

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May 13th, 2016
Eagle's Trace resident Jean Nordt

Jean Nordt enjoys the view from the balcony in her one-bedroom Dover-style apartment home at Eagle’s Trace.

Jean Nordt wasn’t sure which floor plan she wanted when she and her husband L.C. first started looking at apartment homes at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston, Tex.

“We toured a variety of two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments,” says Jean. “The deciding factor was having a balcony with a view overlooking the courtyard.”

The couple chose a spacious one-bedroom, one-bath Dover-style apartment with an abundance of natural light.

“I’ve been able to make good use of the space,” says Jean, who has lived at Eagle’s Trace for the past nine years. L.C. passed away in January 2014. 

“Our three grandchildren are in high school and college now, but they would spend the night with us when they were younger. The couch in the living room makes into a bed, so there was room for them to sleep.”

As for downsizing, Jean says her favorite furniture pieces from her previous home fit nicely in the Dover’s extra-large living room.

“I brought the items I really like,” says Jean. “It’s nice to have the downsizing behind me.”

Maximizing square footage

Pam Burgeson, sales director at Eagle’s Trace, says the community’s one-bedroom apartments are a popular option among those considering a move to the community.

“There’s a lot of ongoing interest in our one-bedroom apartments,” says Burgeson. “They’re economical, so they free up room in the budget for travel and pursuing other hobbies.”

Eagle’s Trace currently offers 14 one-bedroom floor plans ranging from 701 square feet to 909 square feet. 

Amarillo Terrace, a new residence building now under construction at Eagle’s Trace, will add four more one-bedroom options to the existing inventory.

“Studies show that most people use about 900 square feet of their available living space,” says Burgeson. “Many of our one-bedroom floor plans fall right in that square footage, allowing residents to maximize the functionality of their apartments.”

As an additional benefit, many one-bedroom apartments at Eagle’s Trace feature architectural updates, including arched doorways and decorative moldings, to highlight the open concept design.

“A number of our one-bedroom apartments have been upgraded with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and custom tile showers,” says Burgeson.

Amenity-rich environment

Bill “Skip” Cowan moved to Eagle’s Trace in June 2014 from Cypress. His must-have list included a patio for his dog and an easy-to-maintain apartment.

Skip opted for a one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton-model home.

“Before I moved in, I wanted to be sure that the furniture I wanted to bring would fit,” says Skip. “It did, and I’m very comfortable.”

Skip says that although he downsized, he gained an abundance of amenities just steps from his front door.

“The fitness center, medical center, and restaurants are down the hall,” he says. “I like to play pinochle, so I can meet up with friends to play in the clubhouse. Everything I need is right here.”

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