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Moving 101

Future neighbors learn how to simplify upcoming moves

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June 27th, 2017
Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (left) welcomes future Hummingbird Square resident Karen Keenan to Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resource Fair.

Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (left) welcomes future Hummingbird Square resident Karen Keenan to Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resource Fair.

Earlier this year, the Blue Sky Restaurant was abuzz with activity as about 80 future Tallgrass Creek residents attended the community’s home resource fair. This exciting event gathered local professionals together, all with one common goal in mind: offering information and services that help future residents simplify their upcoming moves to Tallgrass Creek.  

Tallgrass Creek’s sales team hosted the resource fair for those who have reserved residences at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building scheduled for completion later this year. 

“As the time gets closer, I become more and more excited about planning for my new home,” says Karen Keenan, who reserved a newly designed Bradford floor plan with over-sized living room and bedroom. “Events such as these are very helpful.” 

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

The four-story Hummingbird Square building will feature 108 new apartment homes with 18 different designs, including 7 never-before-seen floor plans. It will connect to Bluebird Crossing, one of the original residence buildings at Tallgrass Creek, via a climate-controlled walkway. 

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Companies represented at the home resource fair all qualify to participate in Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program offering complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of real estate professionals. 

Guests met and talked with several Erickson Living-approved real estate agents, estate sale organizers, and moving companies that have assisted many Tallgrass Creek community members with their moves. 

Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington was on hand to answer questions along with Linda Scardino, whose company Gentle Changes specializes in streamlined moves for seniors. 

Worthington and Scardino are both very familiar with Tallgrass Creek floor plans and have helped many residents determine which of their current belongings will work best in their new homes.     

Guests were encouraged to bring any documents they wanted to shred, as a mobile shredding truck was on site during the resource fair. Several times a year, Tallgrass Creek neighbors can watch their personal documents be shredded securely when mobile shredding vehicles visit the community. The on-site shredding events allow residents to declutter consistently throughout the year as paperwork becomes outdated.

Tallgrass Creek hospitality 

Future residents chatted with Tallgrass Creek’s resident life team, which oversees the community’s fitness center; indoor swimming pool; and the 65 clubs, activities, and social events. 

Guests also learned about the many land-based and aquatic exercise classes offered weekly at Tallgrass Creek and perused the community’s packed monthly activities calendar.

Dining services at Tallgrass Creek was well represented as guests snacked on fresh vegetables and fruit, chicken kabobs, Swedish meatballs, pita squares with crab, pork sliders, mini-shrimp cups with cocktail sauce, and assorted bite-sized desserts.

The home resource fair is one of several events held recently just for future Hummingbird Square neighbors. In addition to gaining helpful information, they can meet, catch up with friends, and enjoy becoming more familiar with their new home. 

As always, current residents mingled with guests and answered questions about everyday life at Tallgrass Creek.

“Several guests mentioned that the resource fair saved them a lot of time and phone calls,” says Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr. “But my favorite part of the day was looking across the room and seeing people talk, laugh, and connect. That’s what life at Tallgrass Creek is really all about.”