‘We have a good story to tell’

Welcoming new neighbors during an unusual time

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August 12th, 2020
New Tallgrass Creek resident Helen LaValley smiles for the camera next to the collection of pewter she brought with her to Tallgrass Creek. She's wearing a bright reddish-orange top and a long necklace.

New Tallgrass Creek resident Helen LaValley smiles for the camera next to the collection of pewter she brought with her to Tallgrass Creek. 

The COVID-19 pandemic stopped many things but it didn’t stop people from moving to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living-managed community in Overland Park, Kans. 

Among those new residents is Helen LaValley who moved to Tallgrass Creek on April 2, while residents were all adhering to shelter-in-place guidelines. 

“I had reserved a residence way before anyone ever heard of the coronavirus,” says Helen. “But with the help of a lot of people from Tallgrass, it all worked out and I’m glad I’m here.”

Helen moved from a four-bedroom home she had lived in since 1987 in nearby Shawnee, Kans. Though she loved her home, it was becoming a burden to maintain.

“I wasn’t loving my yard like I used to and was tired of taking care of things like water in the basement,” says Helen. “It was just time.”

After attending some events at Tallgrass Creek, Helen reserved a spacious, one-bedroom apartment home in Goldfinch Lane, one of the community’s new residence buildings.  

“I’d heard good things about Tallgrass so I didn’t look around much,” says Helen. “I liked the location, the community was managed well, and every time I visited, people were upbeat and friendly.”

De-stressing the move

As one of 20 active communities owned and managed by Erickson Living in Baltimore, Md., Tallgrass Creek offers a unique program to residents like Helen: coordination of their moves, even during a pandemic. 

The program is called the Erickson Realty and Moving Services and is composed of trusted local moving-related organizations that offer complimentary coordination of moving needs such as downsizing, home staging, packing, moving, and selection of real estate professionals. 

Helen relied on Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington, who has helped almost all Tallgrass Creek incoming residents plan and simplify their moves. Worthington worked with Helen and, reviewing her new floor plan, helped determine what items would work well in her new space at Tallgrass Creek. She also shared information about her list of local senior moving service providers.   

Helen decided to work with an Erickson Living-recommended real estate agent, who listed and sold her house in three weeks. 

“We put the house on the market right in the middle of the shutdown,” says Helen. “But it still sold pretty quickly. Julie [the estate agent] took care of everything.”

Helen’s family helped her downsize by planning and hosting an estate sale but when it was time for the physical move, she turned to a local, Erickson Living-recommended moving company.

“They were on time, knew exactly what they were doing, and there was not one scratch or anything broken,” says Helen.

Impressive care

Tallgrass Creek’s sales team continues to welcome new residents and meet with prospects interested in the community. Sales Director Blake Marshall notes interest is especially high in Fountain View, the newest residence building scheduled for completion at year-end.   

Fountain View’s spacious apartment homes have deluxe appliances and finishes, upgraded lighting and flooring, and optional under-building parking. With eight different floor plans, many homes include a choice of patio, balcony, or screened porch. 

Fountain View neighbors will enjoy two new restaurants, a fitness center, yoga studio, arts studio, library, game room, and more. A climate-controlled walkway connects Fountain View to Tallgrass Creek’s Audubon Clubhouse, where there are even more restaurants and amenities.

Marshall notes that prospects are impressed with the amenities but also the compassionate care Tallgrass Creek residents are experiencing during the pandemic. 

“These are unusual times and the entire Tallgrass Creek team is dedicated to supporting and encouraging our residents,” says Marshall. “We have a good story to tell.”

Helen says that Marshall was her “new best friend” throughout her move and that Worthington and all Tallgrass Creek staff members were “kind, helpful, and understanding” while she was acclimating to her new residence under such unusual circumstances. 

“I definitely did the right thing moving here when I did,” says Helen. “Not just for me, but also for my kids.” 

Whether you're ready to move now or in the near future, let Tallgrass Creek take the worry out of the moving process. Request your free brochure to get started.