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Ten years, thousands of memories

Highland Springs celebrates its first decade

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September 15th, 2016
Jody and Clyde Jackson moved to Highland Springs from Houston to be closer to their daughter and her family in North Dallas.

Jody and Clyde Jackson moved to Highland Springs from Houston to be closer to their daughter and her family in North Dallas.

Highland Springs celebrates its tenth anniversary this month. 

The North Dallas community opened its doors in September 2006 to the first wave of residents, called “pioneers.”

“Crestview Terrace was the first residence building to open,” says pioneer Carole Marcum. “The first people to move in were those who had reserved an apartment on the terrace level, then it was those on the first floor, second floor, third floor, and finally the fourth floor.”

Now home to more than 830 residents, Highland Springs has seen exponential growth over the past decade. The community opened its continuing care neighborhood in 2013, offering assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and post-acute rehabilitation. 

In spring 2015, Highland Springs celebrated the opening of its fourth residence building, Willow Ridge, and construction is now under way on the first residence building in the community’s second neighborhood. When completed, the new residence building, Pecan Grove, will add 108 elegantly appointed apartment homes and offer under-building parking, the Reunion Grille restaurant, and a fitness studio.

“We’ve come a long way since the early days in 2006,” says pioneer Bob Kaplan. “I remember when there was just a handful of residents meeting in Chisholm’s Restaurant for dinner. Highland Springs has grown, not just in the number of residents, but also in the amenities and activities it offers.”

In honor of the community’s tenth anniversary, three pioneers share the stories that led them to Highland Springs and the vibrant lifestyle they’ve enjoyed over the past decade.

Bob and Maxine Kaplan

Bob Kaplan and his wife Maxine were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina formed in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.

“When hurricanes approach, you evacuate,” says Bob. “That’s just what you do. In our case, two of our sons live in Plano, so we drove to Texas to spend time with our kids and grandkids. We thought we’d head home after the storm passed.”

But the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina was more devastating than they’d anticipated.

“Katrina flooded New Orleans, including our home,” says Bob, a retired business consultant. “We were killing time in Dallas waiting for the waters to recede so we could go back and start the process of fixing up our house.”

While they waited, Bob and Maxine happened upon the sales center for Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community under construction at the corner of Frankford and Coit in North Dallas.

“We liked the concept of an amenity-rich community, so we joined the priority list,” says Bob. “That was the beginning of this odyssey.”

To join the priority list, those interested in moving to an Erickson Living community put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit, plus a $150-per-person nonrefundable processing fee, to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

“We were keeping our options open because we still thought we’d go back to New Orleans and see what our house looked like,” says Bob. “When we got home, we realized that Highland Springs was the best choice for us. We fixed up our New Orleans home and sold it.”

To be certain they were making the right move, Bob and Maxine visited two other Erickson Living communities, Eagle’s Trace in Houston and Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md.

“We decided that this was a legitimate undertaking, and we were in the right place and time to make a move,” says Bob.

Bob and Maxine moved into a two-bedroom, two-bath, Manchester-style apartment with a balcony on the fourth floor of Crestview Terrace in November 2006.

Bob was elected the first chairman of the community’s Resident Advisory Council and is now beginning his seventh year as the resident director on Highland Springs’ board of directors.

“My expectations of Highland Springs have changed over time,” says Bob. “The community exceeded my initial expectations, but now we’ve grown and have more resources. The bar is continually being raised because I know what we can accomplish in the future.”

Carole Marcum

Carole Marcum moved to Highland Springs sight unseen on October 31, 2006.

“I lived in Dallas in the 1960s and made some very good friends,” says Carole, a retired correspondence secretary with Xerox. “I visited them every year, and they knew I was considering a move back to Dallas.”

Carole was living in her hometown of Charlestown, W.Va., where she moved in 1996 to help her sister who was battling cancer. After her sister passed away in 1999, Carole remained in Charlestown until a few of her Dallas friends began sending her information about Highland Springs.

“I did everything long distance—chose my apartment, filled out the paperwork,” says Carole. “I took a blind leap of faith. I guess that’s why they call us pioneers.”

Once Carole settled into her one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, Griffin-style apartment, she quickly jumped into the social life she’d enjoyed in the ‘60s.

“I still get together regularly with that same group of friends,” says Carole. “We go out to celebrate each other’s birthdays.”

Carole also embraced the active lifestyle options at Highland Springs. She took bridge lessons from a neighbor and practiced her golf swing on the community’s putting green. She joined a water aerobics class and signed up for many of the special trips offered to Dallas attractions. She joined a ladies’ lunch bunch at Highland Springs that goes out to different restaurants each month.

“I can’t believe it’s already been ten years since I moved here,” says Carole. “It seems like barely a week.”

Clyde and Jody Jackson

Clyde and Jody Jackson were living in Houston when they first learned of Highland Springs.

“We have a son in California and a daughter in Dallas,” says Jody. “We were visiting our daughter and her family when their next-door neighbor brought over a copy of the Tribune. The neighbors thought it might be of interest to us.”

Clyde and Jody stopped by the Highland Springs sales center on their drive back to Houston.

“We joined the priority list that day and never looked back,” says Jody. 

The couple visited Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston that opened in 2005, to look at floor plans.

“We chose a two-bedroom, two-bath, Jackson-style apartment,” says Jody. “One of the features we liked best about Erickson communities was the enclosed walkways connecting all the buildings. We’d been in Dallas when the wind came whistling down from Oklahoma, and we liked the idea of being able to get around the community without having to go outside.”

The couple moved to Highland Springs “on faith” on November 9, 2006. 

“We didn’t know a soul at the community, so I just started signing up for as many activities as I could to meet people,” says Jody. 

Jody was vice president of the first Resident Advisory Council and a volunteer in the Treasure Chest, the community’s on-site resale shop. She currently serves on the  ommunications committee and volunteers in Highland Springs’ continuing care neighborhood.

“It’s been a real blessing to have all the amenities right here on campus, especially the medical center,” says Jody. “We didn’t have to worry about finding a doctor in a new city. Everything we need is right here.”

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