As we age, home-sweet-home may become a little less sweet. There are the maintenance requirements, including lawn care, gutter cleaning, and painting. Then there are the repairs, often of big-ticket items. And let us not forget the rooms we no longer use, but still heat, cool and dust. This would be reason enough to explain the ever-growing popularity of adult 55-plus communities. They are ideal for many downsizing empty nesters who value their independence and want freedom to do something other than mow the lawn, such as travel.
However, there are also social aspects to consider. These communities, such as Eden and Main in Southington, afford new residents a priceless opportunity and the time to make new friends while actively pursuing their interests.
“Eden and Main is a 41-unit rental community of one- and two-bedroom apartments. It is age restricted. At least one person moving into each unit has to be 55 years of age or older,” said Gregory Konover, president of Konover Residential Corporation, which is managing this brand new complex. Of the 41 units, eight, including all the one-bedroom units, are already reserved.
The builder of this complex, Michael J. Kokes, had a very simple vision for this development. He wanted “…to create a high quality apartment building for those 55-plus [that was] within walking distance of town.” These homes would have “high quality finishes and be extremely efficient,” while allowing residents to be close to family, friends and entertainment. It would allow residents to “live life without limits.” This developer has built more than 21,000 homes since 1964.
A tour of the area and the building shows that this vision has been realized. The units, all new and unlived in, are airy and inviting. Almost all have access to a private deck or patio and all have such high-end touches as granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, a stove with a ceramic cooktop and self-cleaning oven, a built-in over-the-stove microwave, custom cabinets, and handsome plank flooring. Laundry equipment for washing and drying clothes is also included in each unit.
The floor plans are open, with the kitchen enjoying access to the living room-dining room combination. A half-wall between these two areas keeps the details of kitchen activities out of sight, however, without isolating the chef from family or friends when entertaining. Adding to a feeling of space are 10-foot high ceilings.
Two bedroom units have a primary suite with a large walk-in closet, a private bath with a walk-in shower and a dual sink vanity. The second bath, with a soaking tub, serves the second bedroom and guests. One-bedroom apartments also feature a bath with a dual sink vanity and a tub.
The public areas of the complex are inviting, starting with an impressive and inviting entry foyer. It accesses an elevator and a secure room designed to keep package deliveries for residents safe. The halls are bright, inviting and nicely finished.
There are two more public rooms that can be accessed by residents. One is a nicely equipped gym with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and free weights for strength training.
The other is a resident’s lounge. It is large, with a television viewing area, room for card games, and a seating area with complimentary WiFi coverage. Both the gym and the lounge are open 24 hours a day.
“We plan to have monthly events here,” said Christopher Crampton while in the lounge. Crampton is Konover’s business development and client relations director. These areas will afford residents ample opportunity to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company. They are the perfect setting for making new friends.
“People can come to the lounge to sit and read knowing that they will have other residents coming in,” Crampton said. The lounge also accesses a patio with views of a wooded area, which expands fair weather seating. In addition, this club-style residents’ lounge can be reserved by residents for private social functions.
One interesting feature of the complex is a system for circulating and filtering air in the units and throughout the building. In addition, the complex features full maintenance, including 24-hour emergency services.
For those who are 55-plus but still working, the location is ideal. It is close to I-84 and I-691, which makes a commute to Waterbury, Middletown, and New Haven easy. Hartford can be reached in a about half an hour.
Nearby restaurants offer excellent dining options, all within walking distance. “You can walk to a restaurant for a really nice bite to eat,” Crampton said. Food and department stores are nearby, too, as are numerous health care providers, including state-of-the-art hospitals.
Adding to the appeal of this new apartment complex are its pet-friendly policies. Parking is free and grandchildren are welcome to visit.
“We’ve had high interest from brokers,” Crampton said. “This is perfect for [downsizing homeowners who] want to sell high but not buy high.” It is an upscale community with resort inspired amenities. As noted on this development’s website, these units are, “Smart. Contemporary. Trendy. It’s all here – and all yours – at Eden and Main Apartments.”
For more information, including floor plans and a listing of amenities, visit https://www.edenandmainapartments.com. It is a portal that gives a glimpse of a 55-plus community for active adults who want a new home and more “me-time.”
Eden and Main, Southington
Builder: Kokes Properties
Price: $1,900 to $2,500 a month
Five Things You Need To Know
Bedrooms: 1 or 2
Baths: 1 or 2
Square footage: 686 to 1,127
Mill rate: 29.03 for vehicles only
Best feature: The location, with downtown Southington within walking distance, yet it is close to I-84 and I-691.
Contact: Christopher Crampton, Konover Residential Corporation, 860-760-9121