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“Living at Mon Abri eliminates the burden of home and yard maintenance but it also offers services and amenities that encourages residents to continue their healthy and active lifestyles.”
Amy Camarata, project director for Chateaux at Mon Abri, is excited about the option that this development offers folks over 50. It is a 50+ active adult neighborhood designed with baby boomers in mind. It distinguishes itself from standard “senior housing.” Most of the residents are still working travel and have chosen to live where they can free themselves of the burden of maintaining a large home. It is for these very reasons that I decided to move to Chateaux at Mon Abri and I can honestly say I love it. Growth of assisted living or medical housing has been strong in Edmond but Chateaux at Mon Abri is none of those. Instead, it is geared for folks over 50 that are just looking to downsize from the large houses where they raised their children. Too often when the kids leave home, rooms go unused, maintenance of the home becomes expensive, taxes get higher and yard care can become a burden. Having to care for a large home when you travel can be difficult as well. Living there has allowed me to spend my energy growing our business, enjoy more time with friends, family and travel more. According to Camarata, these are just some of the reasons that Chateaux at Mon Abri is growing with Phase II completed and a Phase III planned to start in July. The neighborhood is located on the east side of Broadway between Danforth and Covell. The neighborhood environment eliminates the burden of home and yard maintenance but it also offers services and amenities that encourages residents to continue their healthy and active lifestyles. The luxury homes at the Chateaux at Mon Abri are situated in duplex, triplex and quad-plex variations. Each home offers luxury features including slate tile, hard wood floors, stainless appliances, gas range and more. The selling point for me was having all the great features that my 3300-sq. ft. home had in Fairfax. Maintenance free living isn’t just the yard, they do everything from fixing your ice maker to changing your light bulbs. Additional amenities include complimentary internet and cable, concierge services, onsite massage facilities, to-the door food delivery, to-the-door dry-cleaning, social activities, clubhouse and a lot more. Mon Abri residents enjoy living their life instead of spending time managing a larger home. The planners and builders of the Mon Abri neighborhood made sure that the property had that home feel by using an experienced residential home builder for the construction. Every floor plan is different so there is no apartment style cookie cutter approach to these homes. There are several options that let residents tailor their new home to their own taste. These homes are loaded with all the amenities many of us had in our larger
homes in Edmond including a gated entryway. This neighborhood is designed from the ground up to offer luxury homes in a real community. There is a 3,573-sq. ft. community clubhouse on the property that has a fitness center, meeting room with business capabilities and more. The neighborhood has above ground tornado safe rooms, outdoor living areas with fireplaces, water features including ponds, waterfalls and fountains,
a sports lounge and walking trails. Optional services that residents can take advantage of are dry cleaning to your door, grocery delivery via online ordering, pet attendance, housekeeping, onsite car washing and detail and other concierge services. Chateaux at Mon Abri opened in Edmond the first part of 2016 and started with a focus group to determine what folks over 50 were looking for in housing. They have had a similar facility in south Oklahoma City since 2009 but Camarata said that folks would visit the south location who were from Edmond and they would want to know when they were going to build in Edmond so they did. Future expansion includes Yukon and Mustang areas. The concept is so cutting edge that appraisers come visit their property just to get an idea of the value of such a facility since there really isn’t another one like it. For folks that are unsure of how to start the process of downsizing, Camarata said that they can help with that as well. “It can be a difficult process of knowing where to begin and on selecting reliable companies to help you get your house sold and moved. We have services that can help that process and make it much easier on them,” she said. From my experience, the staff members on site are just the best folks to work with. They were and continue to be such a great help to me. The quality building and amenities are terrific but honestly the staff is what makes this a great place to live for me. If you are interested in knowing more about Chateaux at Mon Abri they are open for tours M-F 9am to 5pm. Weekend tours available by appointment. You can find out more at their website, www.monabriedmond.com.
— Ray Hibbard