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Taste of Tallgrass Creek

Priority list members gather at Overland Park community to learn more about new residence building

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February 16th, 2017
Blake Marshall, Tallgrass Creek director of sales, visits with residents Lorie Stapp (left) and Ruth Holzschuh who frequently answer guests’ questions at marketing events.
Blake Marshall, Tallgrass Creek director of sales, visits with residents Lorie Stapp (left) and Ruth Holzschuh who frequently answer guests’ questions at marketing events.

It was frosty outside but warm and welcoming indoors as some 100 guests enjoyed a taste of Tallgrass Creek while learning more about Hummingbird Square, the Overland Park, Kans., community’s newest residence building. 

Hummingbird Square, now under construction, is scheduled for completion in late summer and will be the fourth residence building at Tallgrass Creek, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities around the country managed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. 

Guests feasted on sweet potato bisque, a choice of grilled steak or tomato-basil salmon, grilled vegetables, and classic apple crisp topped with cinnamon ice cream as they dined alongside Tallgrass Creek residents in the community’s sunny Blue Sky Restaurant. 

“We want our guests to always feel comfortable asking whatever questions they have about life at Tallgrass Creek, and who knows better than those who call this vibrant community ‘home?’” says Blake Marshall, director of sales. 

Making reservations

Hummingbird Square will connect via a sunny, climate-controlled walkway to Bluebird Crossing, one of the original residence buildings at Tallgrass Creek. The elegant, four-story building will feature 108 new residences with 18 different designs, including 7 brand-new floor plans. 

About 70% of the new apartment homes will have outdoor space such as a patio or balcony, as well as ample living space and underground parking. Custom finishes, granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, and upscale lighting and flooring are part of each spacious home.

The guests attending the lunch and learn event were all members of Tallgrass Creek’s priority list, which is composed of people who plan to move to the community sometime in the future. Membership simply requires 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. 

Team approach

The Tallgrass Creek sales team is always on hand with detailed renderings, drawings, and site maps so future community members can see the exact floor plan and location of each residence. 

Sales Associate Sue LaBelle is also available to discuss financial arrangements, and Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington offers valuable assistance when it comes to finding a real estate agent and moving company, as well as determining what items work best in the new home. 

“We are experiencing a definite surge in reserving residences at Hummingbird Square with another Kansas winter,” says Marshall. “I’ve been told over and over how nice it is not to worry about snow, icy sidewalks, and taking care of a home during these cold months.”

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