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Open floor plan makes Charlestown’s Brighton a popular choice

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April 3rd, 2017
The Brighton design is the perfect size for many people looking to downsize.

The Brighton design is the perfect size for many people looking to downsize.

If you’ve watched any home and garden shows lately, there’s a good chance you have heard the term “open floor plan.” Unlike traditional home designs featuring separate rooms with a specific purpose, open floor plans allow multiple rooms to function as a connected living space, creating an airy, flowing layout.

Like many home buyers today, Genevieve Murray is attracted to open concept living. In fact, she loved the open floor plan of her three-bedroom, ranch-style house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore so much that she hoped to find something similar when she began searching for a new home at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md.

The newly redesigned one-bedroom Brighton model was just what she was looking for. 

“I looked at about three different apartments here at Charlestown before I chose this one,” says Genevieve. “As soon as I saw it, I thought, ‘It’s perfect!’ I liked the open layout and the fact that I am on the terrace level so that I can walk right outside from my apartment.”

Ordinary to extraordinary

The Brighton design, like the one Genevieve now calls home, turns out to be the perfect size for many people looking to downsize. Features like large bay windows, a private balcony or walk-out garden patio, spacious full bath, and a walk-in closet make the idea of downsizing more appealing. 

Added features people have come to expect in their homes, including upgraded cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and glass cooktop ranges, are also standard in the Brighton.

Barbara Rees downsized from a two-bedroom condominium in Frederick to her new one-bedroom Brighton at Charlestown this January.

“I wanted a bright, cheery apartment with lots of room,” says Barbara. “My kitchen is open to the living room so it lets in lots of natural light. I have a great view of Canton, the Inner Harbor, and the Key Bridge.”

Charlestown residents can also take advantage of a wide variety of upgrades through the Custom Interiors Department, including custom carpentry work such as built-in bookcases, shelving, and crown molding; custom closets; upgraded lighting and carpet; tile or hardwood flooring; tile backsplashes; upgraded countertops; custom paint; window treatments; and many other touches to personalize their home. 

“I chose white cabinets for the kitchen and upgraded most of the lighting fixtures in my apartment,” says Barbara. “I selected a gray color for the walls in the living room and a lighter shade of gray for the bedroom, which really makes the whole apartment feel brighter.” 

Move in the right direction

Although Genevieve and Barbara each downsized the square footage of their homes, they both gained Charlestown’s 110-acre campus as an extension of their living spaces.

“Many residents spend most of their day out and about in the community,” says Charlestown Sales Counselor Molly Fricker. “We have many different amenities, clubs, and classes here on campus. There are college courses, a fitness center and indoor swimming pool, a performing arts theater, on-site concerts, a putting green, bocce ball courts, gardening spaces, a nature trail, lake, and on and on.”  

Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard, who works hand-in-hand with Fricker, says more and more people are discovering the benefits of downsizing to a smaller home and finding that happiness isn’t measured by square footage. 

“The one thing you quickly discover when you own a home is there’s always something that needs to be done,” says Ballard, who provides complimentary in-home consultations for members of the community’s priority list to assess their downsizing needs. “When you remove all that work and responsibility from the equation, what you’re left with is more time to do what you love.”

Since Charlestown is nearly 100% sold out, Fricker says it’s imperative you join the priority list if you are interested in one day calling Charlestown home. All it takes to join is 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. As apartment homes become available, the sales team gives first choice to priority list members based on their joining date. Priority list members also receive exclusive invitations to luncheons and special events. 

To find out more about the Brighton and the many other apartment floor plans available at Charlestown, call 1-800-481-0935 or visit CharlestownCommunity