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Goldfinch Lane joins Tallgrass Creek family

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July 31st, 2017
Sales Director Blake Marshall (left) and Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (right) welcome Tallgrass Creek priority list member Harriet Darling to the exciting announcement introducing Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building.

Sales Director Blake Marshall (left) and Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (right) welcome Tallgrass Creek priority list member Harriet Darling to the exciting announcement introducing Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building.

There were smiles all around earlier this year as more than a hundred Tallgrass Creek priority list members enjoyed a gourmet lunch followed up with some exciting news. 

The group was among the first to hear about the groundbreaking for Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building scheduled for completion in fall 2018.  Goldfinch Lane will be the fifth residence building at Tallgrass Creek, located in Overland Park, Kans., and one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living in Baltimore, Md. 

The announcement comes as the finishing touches are being added to Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s fourth residence building, which will begin welcoming new community members in September. The four-story Hummingbird Square features 108 new apartment homes with 18 different designs, including 7 never-before-seen floor plans.

“These are exciting and busy days at Tallgrass Creek,” says Blake Marshall, sales director. “With Hummingbird Square more than 80% sold out and now the future availability of even more great apartment homes at Goldfinch Lane, the phone is ringing off the hook. The word is out, and the demand is there.” 

Inspired by feedback

Goldfinch Lane will offer 78 spacious apartment homes in 12 different designs, including previously sold-out floor plan styles back by popular demand. The new residence building will also house a 1,200-square-foot multiuse community room that can be reserved for resident meetings or personal gatherings. 

“We listened to your comments and requests,” Marshall told guests. “Goldfinch Lane will have more one-bedroom designs with outdoor space such as patios and balconies, under-building parking, and be closer to the Audubon Clubhouse and other amenities at Tallgrass Creek.”

The four-story building will offer deluxe appliances and finishes, upgraded lighting and flooring, and connect on both the first floor and terrace level of Bluebird Crossing, one of the original residence buildings at Tallgrass Creek. 

What’s the game plan?

With more than 200 people on Tallgrass Creek’s priority list, the new residences at Goldfinch Lane will sell quickly. Marshall encourages priority list members to review layout and design information for Goldfinch Lane and reserve soon to ensure getting their desired home. 

“This is a great time to be on Tallgrass Creek’s priority list,” says Marshall. “You have the unique opportunity of selecting exactly the floor plan and location of the residence you want, as well as being able to choose from an array of selection packages. Waiting to reserve means losing that opportunity.”  

Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr coordinates each reservation appointment, which usually runs about 90 minutes. She encourages future reservists to bring their top three floor plan choices because of the level of sales activity.

“I hear all the time how sorry people are that they waited, and the particular home they wanted slipped away,” says Bahr. “Reserving early ensures that won’t happen.”

At reservation appointments, Bahr shows detailed renderings, drawings, and site maps so future residents can visualize the exact location of their apartment. Bahr then schedules a later time for reservists to select customized furnishings. 

Once priority list members reserve their new home, questions often arise about the actual move. Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington is on hand to help future community members achieve a smooth, stress-free move.  

“The first question is usually ‘Where do I start?’ and we can answer that,” says Worthington. “We have helped so many residents find a real estate agent, determine when their house should go on the market, make decisions on what furniture should go in their new home, find a reliable mover, and so on.”

Marshall reminds priority list members that by reserving now, they have an entire year to make moving decisions that some people, who waited, have had to make quickly.

“There is a reason Tallgrass Creek continually sees high occupancy marks and growth with new buildings,” says Marshall. “It’s because people aren’t waiting for a health crisis to move. They’re moving now so they can enjoy their freedom years without the hassle of a house weighing them down.” 

Top priority 

Guests invited to Lunch and Learn About Goldfinch Lane were all members of Tallgrass Creek’s priority list, composed of people planning to move to an Erickson Living community. All it takes 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. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

In addition to being the first to hear about major announcements, priority list members receive exclusive invitations to the unique social and informative events hosted by the Tallgrass Creek sales team. In the past year, priority list members have enjoyed new neighborhood gatherings, gourmet chef luncheons, and informative moving and home resource events.