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Future residents gather for neighborly happy hour

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April 30th, 2020
In early February, future Tallgrass Creek neighbors Martha Hubbard (left) and Vicki Williamson enjoyed a game of Mix and Mingle Bingo at a wine and cheese tasting for those who have reserved apartment homes at Fountain View.

In early February, future Tallgrass Creek neighbors Martha Hubbard (left) and Vicki Williamson enjoyed a game of Mix and Mingle Bingo at a wine and cheese tasting for those who have reserved apartment homes at Fountain View. 

There were smiles all around as neighbors-to-be gathered at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans., for a “let’s get acquainted” wine and cheese tasting, early this February.

Tallgrass Creek’s sales team hosted the event for future residents of Fountain View, the community’s new residence building, which is scheduled for completion later this year. Attendees reserved residences in the new building soon after it was announced several months ago.

Guests chatted while enjoying a selection of wines and other beverages along with a mini-buffet of cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, dips, and brownies. Sales Director Blake Marshall broke into the buzz to explain the afternoon’s icebreaker, a game of Mix and Mingle Bingo. 

Each guest received a sheet with bingo squares asking for specific information about their fellow attendees. Everyone jumped in to find future neighbors who may be left-handed, have a pet, enjoy gardening, play golf, speak a foreign language, and more. 

There was lively competition for that horizontal, vertical, or total blackout bingo win as guests learned about each other and crossed off squares on their sheets. After much back and forth conversation, the afternoon’s big winners were Dale Bukaty, Kay Jaimes, and Paul Curtis who took home Kansas City Chiefs gear and bottles of wine for their gaming expertise. 

Amenities and more 

Fountain View is the sixth residence building at Tallgrass Creek, one of 20 communities developed and managed by Erickson Living, headquartered in Baltimore, Md. A full continuum of care is available to Erickson Living community members as well as a multitude of fitness, social, and educational activities

Fountain View will include 132 new apartment homes with 18 different floor plans, including eight brand-new designs. Residences will enjoy deluxe appliances and finishes, upgraded lighting and flooring, and optional under-building parking. Many homes will include a choice of patio, balcony, or screened-in porch. 

The modern building represents another chapter of continued growth at Tallgrass Creek. Residents of Fountain View will enjoy their very own restaurants, fitness center, yoga studio, arts studio, library, game room, and more

A climate-controlled walkway connects residents to the existing neighborhood’s restaurants, on-site medical center, salon, fitness center, and many other amenities

Vicki and Ron Williamson were among the first to reserve their residence at Fountain View and did their “due diligence” before deciding on Tallgrass Creek.

“We looked at quite a few communities and kept coming back to Tallgrass Creek,” says Vicki. “We love the activity level and just the positive attitude here among both residents and staff.”

Priority power

Future residents who attended the neighborly happy hour had one thing in common: they were all members of Tallgrass Creek’s priority list.

The priority list is comprised of people who intend to move at some point to an Erickson Living-managed community. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a nonrefundable $150-per-person application fee. 

Once a priority list member’s desired floor plan is available, it is offered to them based on their joining date. If the priority list member is not ready to make a decision, there is no penalty and they maintain their spot on the list. The floor plan is simply offered to the next person on the list.

“Being a priority list member is the best way to get the residence you want where you want it,” says Marshall. “It’s tough when someone sees a floor plan or location they really want and it simply isn’t available.” 

Priority list members are also invited to special events, informative seminars, and social gatherings at Tallgrass Creek. They are the first to hear community announcements. 

“It’s a great way to connect with the community before you move here,” says Marshall. “Our events are always fun, full of useful information, and a wonderful way to meet your future neighbors.”