Is Eagle’s Trace right for you?

There’s an easy way to find out

Created date

March 23rd, 2020
Les and Lyn Schmaltz enjoyed a two-night Live the Life stay at Eagle’s Trace before they moved to the West Houston community in March 2019.

Les and Lyn Schmaltz enjoyed a two-night Live the Life stay at Eagle’s Trace before they moved to the West Houston community in March 2019. 

When you’re making a major life decision, you want to be sure it’s the right one. Choosing your next home is no exception.

Just ask Les and Lyn Schmaltz. The couple lived in their Memorial-area home for 25 years before considering a potential move to Eagle’s Trace, a community developed and managed by Erickson Living in West Houston.

“We joined the priority list at Eagle’s Trace in April 2018,” says Les, a retired engineer who spent his career with Exxon. “Our home was about two miles from Eagle’s Trace, so we’d seen the community over the years and had friends who moved in. We felt like it could be a good move for us too.”

Priority list members, those who put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice, enjoy a host of benefits at Eagle’s Trace. They’re the first to learn of new services, apartment home availability, custom interior options, special pricing opportunities, and exclusive community events.

They also have access to the Live the Life program, which allows priority list members to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at Eagle’s Trace in one of the community’s beautifully appointed guest suites.

“We had just about decided we were going to move to Eagle’s Trace, but we felt an overnight visit would give us good insight into the lifestyle we’d have once we moved in,” says Lyn, a retired administrative assistant. “We spent two nights at Eagle’s Trace in late January 2019.”

Personalized itinerary

Sales Associate Marianna Purcell coordinates the Live the Life program at Eagle’s Trace. She assembles a personalized itinerary for every overnight guest, including meals with resident hosts and suggested activities to try based on guest preferences.

“We have a full calendar of activities each month, so I match guests’ hobbies and interests to the clubs and activities we offer,” says Purcell. “It gives them a chance to engage with residents and really experience the lifestyle at Eagle’s Trace.”

On their first morning at Eagle’s Trace, Les and Lyn stopped by a group gathered for morning coffee in the lobby of the Galveston Crossing residence building.

“When we walked out of the guest suite that morning, it hit me how living at Eagle’s Trace would be different from living in our home,” says Lyn. “You walk out the door and there are people and activities just a short walk away.”

“It’s almost like living on a cruise ship,” says Les.

The couple also had dinner with residents Henry and Louise Gabb in one of the community’s on-site restaurants.

“It was good to have the opportunity to ask questions and get their perspective in a more relaxed setting,” says Les.

Thriving in their new home

Confident in their decision to move forward, Les and Lyn worked with Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit to customize a moving plan to suit their needs.

Benoit visited the couple in their house to put together a plan for the furniture layout in their new two-bedroom, San Luis-style apartment. She also referred the couple to a trusted real estate agent to sell their home and senior move managers to assist with packing and unpacking.

Les and Lyn moved to Eagle’s Trace in March 2019. They listed their home a week later and it was under contract soon after. Now, they’re settled at Eagle’s Trace and enjoying the lifestyle they first experienced during their Live the Life stay.

Lyn has joined the Eagle’s Trace Strummers and is learning to play the ukulele. She plays table tennis and enjoys water aerobics. Les is growing cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, and tarragon in his outdoor garden patch, attending a men’s Bible study, and participating in the weekly Stargazers Club.

“We like the interactions we have here,” says Les. “There’s plenty to keep us busy and engaged.”