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Getting to know you

Future Hummingbird Square neighbors meet and greet

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November 3rd, 2016
Sales associate Sue LaBelle (left) shows future residents Ken and Cynthia Habiger where their new apartment home will be at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

Sales associate Sue LaBelle (left) shows future residents Ken and Cynthia Habiger where their new apartment home will be at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

It was all about meeting new friends and future neighbors earlier this year when about 60 future Tallgrass Creek neighbors enjoyed a late afternoon happy hour in the community’s beautifully manicured courtyard. 

Guests were among the first to reserve homes at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, currently under construction and scheduled for a summer 2017 opening. 

There were lots of introductions and chatter as future neighbors sipped wine and iced tea while waiters passed bruschetta on toast, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, mini hot dogs, lemon bars, and brownies. 

Schematics of the new building were available so attendees could see exactly where their new homes will be located and who their new neighbors will be.

Hummingbird Square will be the fourth residence building at Tallgrass Creek, located in Overland Park, Kans., and one of 19 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, headquartered in Baltimore, Md. 

The community is a stone’s throw from Overland Park’s bustling 135th Street corridor packed with upscale restaurants, museums, and shopping, including the highly acclaimed Corbin Park and Prairie Fire, two unique outdoor retail villages.   

Lots to like

Among happy hour attendees were Cynthia and Ken Habiger who reserved their new home when they first learned about Hummingbird Square. 

The Habigers selected the Worthington, a two-bedroom, two-bath design with sizable kitchen, den, dining room, and living room. The residence also has a bright balcony directly off the spacious living area. The Worthington is a new design and only available at Hummingbird Square.

“We wanted to move here now, before we needed to, so we could enjoy the community,” says Ken. “We’re excited to move and get started.” 

The four-story Hummingbird Square will feature 108 new homes with 18 different designs, including seven never-before-seen floor plans. Custom finishes, granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, and upscale lighting and flooring are part of each spacious residence. 

Hummingbird Square will connect via a climate-controlled walkway to Bluebird Crossing, one of the original residence buildings at Tallgrass Creek. About 70% of the new homes will have outdoor patios or balconies, as well as ample living space and underground parking. 

“The word has definitely spread, and residences at Hummingbird Square are reserving quickly,” says Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr. “Future residents have the unique opportunity of selecting exactly the floor plan, location, and customized furnishings for the residence they want.”   

Future resident Linda Peltzer from Wichita, Kans., agrees. She selected a Fairway design, a one bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment home with a large bay window. The Fairway is also one of the new floor plans available at Hummingbird Square. 

“Since I’m not from Kansas City, I have time to familiarize myself with not only Tallgrass Creek but also Overland Park,” says Linda. “I’ll also have plenty of time to sell my home and get rid of things I no longer need before the move next summer.” 

Where to start

To reserve a home at Hummingbird Square, prospective residents meet with Bahr, who has detailed renderings, drawings, and site maps of the building. Reservation appointments usually take about an hour and a half with a later time scheduled for selection of customized furnishings. 

Sales Associate Sue LaBelle reviews the financial qualification process for those who reserve an apartment home.

“Every financial situation is different, and we’re respectful of that,” says LaBelle. “We put pencil to paper on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we meet a financial comfort level.” 

The actual move can also be overwhelming for some. Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington helps future residents choose a preferred real estate agent, determine when their houses should go on the market, make decisions on what furniture should go in their new apartment homes, and find a reliable mover. 

Suzy and Gregg Svoboda enjoyed meeting future neighbors at the happy hour event. The couple reserved their future home soon after they learned about Hummingbird Square.  

“We got the residence we wanted by reserving right away,” says Gregg. “Now we have time for planning before this new adventure begins.”