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Hummingbird Square on the rise

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August 9th, 2016
Tallgrass Creek priority list members (from left) Nancy Dyer, Dixie Robinson, and Sales Director Blake Marshall toast the announcement of Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, now under construction.

Tallgrass Creek priority list members (from left) Nancy Dyer, Dixie Robinson, and Sales Director Blake Marshall toast the announcement of Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, now under construction.

There were champagne toasts all around earlier this year as about 150 priority list members celebrated the announcement and groundbreaking of Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building. Tallgrass Creek, located in Overland Park, Kans., is one of 19 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living in Baltimore, Md. The active community is currently home to more than 400 people.

Guests enjoyed champagne and dessert before Tallgrass Creek Director of Sales Blake Marshall presented an overview of Hummingbird Square, currently planned for completion in summer 2017.

“This is a great time to be on the priority list at Tallgrass Creek,” Marshall told an attentive audience. “You have the unique opportunity of selecting the floor plan and location of the residence you want as well as the way you want it to look.” 

Inspired by feedback

Hummingbird Square will feature 17 floor plans, including 7 never-seen-before layouts. The four-story building will connect to Bluebird Crossing, one of the original residence buildings at Tallgrass Creek, via a climate-controlled walkway. 

“We’ve listened to your comments and requests,” Marshall told the group. “About 70% of the residences will have outdoor space such as patios or balconies, as well as apartment homes with additional living space. We’ll also have more under-building parking.”

Homes in Hummingbird Square will feature upgraded lighting and flooring as well as an open-concept design built around an interior courtyard.

Why reserve now?

With more than 200 people on Tallgrass Creek’s priority list, the 108 new homes at Hummingbird Square are expected to sell quickly. Marshall encourages priority list members to review layout and design information for the new building and reserve soon to ensure getting their desired residence. 

At the luncheon, he introduced the audience to the community’s sales staff, including Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr, who coordinates all reservation appointments.

“The anticipation of a new building has been out there for quite a while, and we’ve received many requests for information,” says Bahr. “What a pleasure it is for me to finally help future residents, starting with the priority list members, reserve one of these beautiful residences.”

Reservation appointments usually take about an hour and a half. Bahr shows detailed renderings, drawings, and site maps so future residents can see exactly where their apartment will be. A time will be scheduled later for reservists to select customized furnishings.

Marshall also introduced Sales Associate Sue LaBelle, who oversees the financial process for future residents.

“Every financial situation is different, and we’re very respectful of that,” says LaBelle. “We want our residents to select the home that best fits their budget and needs. We put pencil to paper on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we meet that financial comfort level.” 

Getting started

Marshall pointed out that once one reserves a home at Tallgrass Creek, questions often arise about a game plan for the actual move. He introduced Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington, who has helped many current residents achieve a smooth, stress-free move.  

“The first question is usually ‘Where do I start?’ and we can answer that,” says Worthington. “We can help our future residents find a real estate agent, determine when their house should go on the market, make decisions on what furniture should go in their new home, find a reliable mover, and more.”

Marshall told priority list members that by reserving now, they have a year to make decisions that some have had to make more quickly.

“I always tell people the time to move is before you have to,” says Marshall. “Waiting to reserve means missing out, not only on the residence you want but also on the many activities and events that are happening every day in this active community.”

What is the priority list, and how do I join?

Tallgrass Creek’s priority list is comprised of people planning to move to the Erickson Living community. All it takes to join 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. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

Priority list members are the first to hear of major announcements, such as the construction of Hummingbird Square, and are invited to the social and informative events hosted by the sales team.

In the past year, priority list members have enjoyed a Hawaiian luau, gourmet chef luncheons, cooking classes, and a home resource expo.