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Today’s retirees increasingly prefer single-level living

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September 2nd, 2016
The Newbury, two bedroom, two bath

The Newbury, two bedroom, two bath

“I absolutely love my apartment home; it is just beautiful,” says Paula Rivera, a community member at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. “My favorite aspect of my new home is the large, open living space, located all on one level. It is perfect for all my needs as well as for entertaining guests.”

Paula is like many Americans who, according to a recent survey by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), increasingly prefer single-level home designs. These one-level homes provide greater accessibility and are generally more cost-effective—benefits that appeal to people of all ages.

The study also found that new home design is moving away from the boxy rooms, narrow hallways, and separate living and dining rooms in favor of larger, more flexible spaces. In fact, 66% of firms surveyed by the AIA report that more homes are being designed with this open-space layout.

“Open-concept homes are a hallmark of Erickson Living apartment homes,” says Tom Senger, director of sales at Windsor Run. “Windsor Run enjoys the huge advantage of learning from the 18 communities that came before us. In planning for our future community, we listened to both current and prospective Erickson Living residents to help us determine what people want most in their home. As a result, we are able to offer open-concept floor plans providing spacious living areas as well as higher-end finishes, giving each home a distinctive feel.”

‘Right-sizing’ for the future

“I find that because of the open-space design I am able to do so much with my home,” says Paula. “I use the second bedroom as an entertainment/television room, a great place to relax after a busy day. There’s also a sofa bed in the room, which my daughter enjoys when she visits from Florida. And rather than a separate living room and dining room, I created one large living room, perfect for entertaining.”

“Moving to Windsor Run isn’t about downsizing to a smaller space,” says June Parish, the community’s personal moving consultant. “It’s about ‘right-sizing’ to a space that better fits your life today and your future goals. Basically, our architects have taken the most-used rooms of your house and laid them out on a single level.”

To provide future community members with plentiful options, Windsor Run offers both one- and two-bedroom, open-space floor plans, popular at other Erickson Living communities, including the large one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Faulkner, and the two-bedroom, two-bath Newbury. Each home boasts large living spaces, modern kitchens with state-of-the art appliances, and roomy bedrooms with plenty of closet and storage space, with the accessibility and convenience of one-level living.

Compare the following floor plan of a typical two-story house to Windsor Run’s Newbury.

Typical two-level house

  • Laundry is located downstairs in the basement.
  • Many older houses have small kitchens with little counter and cabinet space.
  • Formal living and dining areas boxed into separate small rooms that are inconvenient for entertaining.
  • Unused bedrooms require extra cleaning.
  • Older houses often have small closets.
  • Many individual rooms create a cramped atmosphere and block natural light.

The Newbury’s open-concept floor plan

  • Washer and dryer are tucked discretely in a utility room with cabinet space so there is no need to heft heavy laundry baskets up and down the stairs.
  • Open-concept kitchen is designed with extra counter and cabinet space that flows into the great room.
  • Master suite features large walk-in closet, eliminating under-the-bed storage.
  • Bright and airy living area opens up to dining area and kitchen to keep entertaining easy.
  • Guest room provides same-level storage and easily doubles as den or home office.
  • Large picture windows expand space and create a bright, open, and positive atmosphere.

See for yourself

With construction work going strong every day at Windsor Run, more and more people are scheduling appointments at the sales center to enjoy the new 3-D tours of many of the planned home designs. 

Another great way to spend time in the sales center is by attending one of a variety of special events and “lunch and learn” opportunities scheduled throughout the year in the sale center’s spacious and window-filled, 48-seat events room. 

“I encourage anyone who is curious about learning more about Erickson Living at Windsor Run to schedule a pressure-free visit,” says Senger. 

The sales center at Windsor Run is located at 2010 McKee Road, Matthews, N.C. To schedule a visit, please call 1-800-649-6810.

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