Right at home
Amarillo Terrace, the newest residence building at Eagle’s Trace, welcomed its first residents in October 2016. And they’re already feeling right at home in the West Houston community.
In addition to 108 beautfully appointed apartment homes, Amarillo Terrace also brings a host of new amenities to the 70-acre campus, including a full-service restaurant, an outdoor dining piazza, a lounge for a quick snack or cup of coffee, a fitness center, a creative arts studio, a theater room, and a classroom.
“The amenities in Amarillo Terrace enhance the small-town feel of our community,” says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. “Residents have everything they need within steps of their apartments.”
The community’s newest neighbors also enjoy screened-in patios or balconies, many with views of Lake Aguila.
“The outdoor space at Eagle’s Trace differentiates us from many other communities,” says Burgeson. “Residents can read a book in the rose garden, walk their dogs along the paths, fish in the lake, toss horseshoes, or work in their very own garden.”
A move ten years in the making
For Amarillo Terrace residents Harry and Judy Whitington, the journey to Eagle’s Trace began more than ten years ago. Judy’s aunt and uncle lived at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.
“We visited Judy’s aunt and uncle at Riderwood and saw the type of care they received,” says Harry. “When they got sick, they spent some time in skilled nursing and rehab and then went right back into their independent living apartment. We saw the value of having continuing care options right on campus.”
So when Harry and Judy, who lived in Houston, saw the sign on Highway 6 that Eagle’s Trace was coming to the area, they pulled into the sales trailer to sign up for the priority list by putting down a fully refundable $1,000 de-posit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.
“The sales team didn’t have to sell us on the lifestyle,” says Harry. “We already knew it was what we wanted for ourselves.”
The couple maintained contact with Eagle’s Trace for the next decade, attending priority list luncheons and special events.
“When they announced the construction of Amarillo Terrace, the timing was right for us to move,” says Harry, a petroleum engineer.
Harry and Judy’s high priority list status ensured they had first choice of apartments. Harry put his methodical thinking skills to use and created a list of rooms in their 4,100-square-foot home.
“For six months I kept track of which rooms we used the most,” says Harry. “I concluded that we really lived in about 1,800 square feet of space. When I sub-tracted hallways and pass-throughs, I thought we’d be comfortable in something between 1,300 and 1,500 square feet.”
As the couple studied the floor plans in Amarillo Terrace, they noticed the two-bedroom, two-bath San Luis apartment had a similar feel to their house.
“The configuration of the living room and breakfast room was reminiscent of our home,” says Harry. “Plus, the San Luis measures 1,382 square feet, so it fell into the size range we wanted.”
One other bonus: the apartment they chose over-looks the rose garden and the lake.
Harry and Judy listed their home, two miles east of Eagle’s Trace, on a Thursday in October 2016. They had two offers by the following Monday.
“We closed on our home in mid-November and moved to Eagle’s Trace before Thanksgiving,” says Harry. “It was a whirlwind month, but we’re already feeling settled in our apartment.”
Since their move, Harry and Judy have relished the social aspect of their new community.
“You stop and talk with people in the lobby. We’ve had several people call and invite us to dinner,” says Harry. “We can tell we’re going to be very comfortable here.”