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Her wish list was short.

In her quest for the just-right apartment at Prairie Wind, she wanted space for Bible study and an art room. Her master bedroom now accommodates her need for quiet contemplation.

The former art teacher enjoys drawing and painting with watercolors, so she converted the space often used as a TV viewing room, office or guest bedroom with its French doors into her art room. It has become the epicenter for art activities when her grandchildren visit — and for the Lego League she directs.

“This apartment offers everything I need,” says the homeowner.

Prairie Wind is a new concept in 55+ living, the sixth independent living community designed by Western Home in Cedar Falls.

The design by AHTS architects in Waterloo incorporates brick and stone masonry in the facade. The three-story U-shaped building includes 25 residences per floor and offers residents a choice of views to the east or west, or to the expansive courtyard in between two wings.

Residences range from 1,080 to 1,450 square feet with a private balcony or patio, two or three bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths or 2 bathrooms, spacious kitchen with island, appliances, walk-in closet, secure underground heated parking, biweekly housekeeping, transportation to appointments and events, as well as all maintenance, lawn care and snow removal.

Shades of blue and muted orange create a comfortable, contemporary setting for this homeowner. An accent rug introduces pattern in the living room and grounds the furnishings, which are angled away from walls.

“The furniture I had was overstuffed and too big, so I chose pieces that have smaller proportions and in proper scale to the size of the space. Everyone likes to cozy up in the middle, so angling the furniture works out really well,” the homeowner says.

In the master bedroom, the color scheme is fresh in white with gray and yellow accents. The kitchen is big enough for two cooks to bustle around, but she has a portable island with shelves for her cookbook collection.

Continental breakfast is provided daily, and dining at Prairie Wind is managed by Barmuda, well-known for its restaurant venues in the Cedar Valley. A chef-designed menu will offer residents a palate-pleasing variety of options.

The attached Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being opens in early 2018. Prairie Wind residents will enjoy easy access to amenities that enhance well-being: Diamond Event Center for weekly worship, concerts, classics, weddings and special events; walking/jogging track; exercise equipment; exercise classes, including yoga and tai chi; swimming pool with lap lanes and resistance current; aquatic classes; outpatient therapy; salon spa with massage therapy; fast casual restaurant with healthy options; pub and fine dining.

“I’m very happy here, and I always look forward to coming home,” the homeowner adds. 

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