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Then and now

A decade of growth, progress, and vibrant retirement living

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January 5th, 2018
Phil Hocker reviews Johnson County Lifestyle, a local magazine that recently awarded Tallgrass Creek with its prestigious “Reader’s Choice” award for best retirement community in Johnson County, Kans.

Phil Hocker reviews Johnson County Lifestyle, a local magazine that recently awarded Tallgrass Creek with its prestigious “Reader’s Choice” award for best retirement community in Johnson County, Kans.

 

When Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans., opened its doors in October 2007, it was the 15th retirement community developed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. That first year, about 90 residents moved into Bluebird Crossing, Tallgrass Creek’s first residence building. Over the next 12 months, they watched as the second residence building, Redtail View, took shape.     

Back then, Tallgrass Creek’s 65-acre campus and the surrounding area in Overland Park looked much different than it does today. 

“It was pretty quiet out here,” says Judy Turner, who with husband Terry were among the first residents. “There weren’t that many of us and just a few restaurants and limited shopping in the surrounding area.”

You’ve come a long way  

But as Tallgrass Creek continued to grow, so did Erickson Living along with the city of Overland Park. Ten years later, Erickson Living operates 19 retirement communities around the country and Tallgrass Creek boasts four, soon to be five, residence buildings and a state-of-the-art continuing care neighborhood.

Just a stone’s throw from Tallgrass Creek’s campus is Overland Park’s bustling 135th Street corridor that today includes a nationally acclaimed museum and some of the top restaurant, shopping, and entertainment venues in the Kansas City metro area. 

Recently, Johnson County Lifestyle, a popular, local magazine, awarded Tallgrass Creek with the prestigious “Reader’s Choice” award for best retirement community in Johnson County, the most populous county in Kansas. 

It is a special recognition summed up best by Tallgrass Creek resident Phil Hocker, who moved to Tallgrass Creek in 2015 from Pueblo, Colo.

“If there is something better, I can’t think what it would be,” he says. “The helpful staff, food, and camaraderie among the residents make this a great place to live.” 

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