Piper Trail is opening the doors to its new model home with an Open House on January 28
Eight months after breaking ground, and with 27 of its planned 48 cottage-style homes already reserved, Piper Trail will throw open the doors of its newly completed model home at an Open House celebration on Tuesday, January 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The event is open to the public and will take place at Piper Trail, 8151 Glencarin Boulevard in Fort Wayne. And beginning February 4, the model home will be open every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Piper Trail is a Lutheran Life Villages community, a leading not-for-profit provider of senior living and care services in northeast Indiana, and it represents a new direction for the organization, whose roots in the Fort Wayne area go back to 1931.
“The pocket neighborhood development will meet the needs of a new generation of active adults ages 55 and older”, says Alex Kiefer, Lutheran Life Villages president and CEO.
“Many of today’s older adults are downsizing from larger homes. And a significant number of them are looking for alternatives to traditional senior living communities,” he explains. “They’re looking to simplify. But they also want a lifestyle comparable to what they have now: their own home in a real neighborhood.”
With its innovative design – based on the “pocket neighborhood” concept of Washington state-based architect Ross Chapin – Piper Trail will deliver both, says Kiefer. Situated on 12 acres in Inverness Centre in southwest Fort Wayne, the neighborhood of small-footprint homes clustered around green spaces is designed to foster a closer sense of community than traditional neighborhoods and provide neighbors more opportunities to interact and socialize every day.
“It’s similar to the kind of small town you might have seen 70 years ago in the United States,” says Piper Trail architect Dodd Kattman, a principal at MKM architecture + design in Fort Wayne. “It’s a very special kind of place that enhances the well-being of the people who live there.”
With nine floor plans, ranging from 1,140 sq. ft. to 1,676 sq. ft. Piper Trail homes are compact but designed intentionally in a way that creates spaciousness. Each cottage features an open floor plan, natural light, attached two-car garage, and something Kattman says is sadly missing from many of today’s homes – an inviting front porch where neighbors can chat.