Best Active Adult Design of 2021: Texas Project Offers Easy Transition Into Senior Living – Senior Housing News

Frisco, Texas, is among the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., but one of its newest senior housing developments aims to maintain the familiarity of a small community.

By design, the 188-unit Presidium at Edgestone luxury age-restricted active adult community blends in with its Frisco surroundings, creating a welcoming feel for residents ages 62 and over.

The community includes both a main three-story building and a series of cottage-like homes, all of which sit on an 18-acre site with a babbling creek running through the middle.

With multiple living options, the community serves as a “happy medium” between living in an apartment and living in a freestanding home, according to Presidium COO Lindsay Colbert.

“I think it’s a great transition from a home into more apartment-style living,” she told Senior Housing News.

The Presidium at Edgestone’s simple yet thoughtful exterior and interior design earned the project top honors in the 2021 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards’ “Best Active Adult” category.

The Concept

Capstone Real Estate Services acquired the project that became the Presidium at Edgestone 2018. At that time, the design from Cross Architects was largely completed.

The project’s designers had a goal of catering to two different types of residents: those looking to live in a large single building, and those who would prefer smaller, more private spaces.

In all, there are seven independent living cottages on the property with three to four units per cottage, the furthest of which is about 100 yards from the main apartment building.

Residents living in the main apartment building are close to the community’s amenities and their neighbors, while the cottages provide more privacy and a more home-like experience.

The project also included trails and outdoor spaces for residents elsewhere on the property, including a bridge spanning a creek

“This was an interesting piece of land for the project,” Adam Everett, a project manager with Cross Architects told SHN. “I think a lot of these elements would usually be frowned upon for a piece of land for a multifamily project, but we were able to use it to glorify the project and create some nice outdoor areas.”

One challenge for designers were the limitations placed on the property by the city of Frisco.

“They wanted us to study surrounding areas… and focus on visibility,” said Everett. “They wanted it to fit the style around the city.”

For Everett, those restrictions were not only a fun challenge to overcome but also a benefit to the larger project itself.

“We do some pretty creative things on buildings,” said Everett. “But with this one, we just tried to keep it simple and kind of classic, almost timeless.”

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The Construction

Despite challenges related to local restrictions, the project’s construction went well and was on time, according to both Colbert and Everett.

“Typically, I’d love to tell an exciting story [about the construction process], but it was a really smooth process,” Colbert said.

Despite the global chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent labor and supply chain issues, Everett estimates that construction took about 22 months to complete after breaking ground in 2019.

The Cottages were completed in the spring of 2020 and the larger project was fully completed in early 2021.

“I don’t remember anything giving me heartburn at all,” Everett said of the job done by general contractor Provident General Contractors.

The Completion

Since opening, the Presidium at Edgestone has seen a high number of resident referrals, which shows how popular it has been. The cottages are a hit with residents, too.

“Prospects and residents have really loved them,” said Colbert. “They really are like little homes.”

The Cottages feature open floor plans and nine-foot ceilings with full access to the amenities offered in the main apartment building on the property. The dwellings feature quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, ceramic tile flooring, walk-in closets, and private patios. The units also are equipped with energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures.

More general community amenities include clubrooms, a resort-style swimming pool, fitness, and wellness center, library, cyber lounge, arts and crafts room, media and game rooms, pavilions, and a shaded resident gardening area.

Everett also touted the “overly large” kitchens featured in the community’s units, both in the cottages and in the main building.

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“I think the kitchen is one of the most important things to the senior community,” Everett said. “When you gather, you gather in the kitchen.”

The larger kitchens help ease residents from their previous living situations into active adult living, creating a “feeling of home,” he added.

The community’s design is thoughtful, with a decent array of amenities, according to Bruce Hurowitz, president of Merlino Design Partnership and a judge for this year’s Design Awards.

“[The] interior design has expressive color,” he added.

The community is also approachable and easy to navigate, according to Ric D’Amico, vice president of development at The Belaire Group and another judge for this year’s Design Awards.

“Unit features like a built-in desk area are consumer-friendly, and the connection to the community at large is well done,” he said.