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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Some people dream of retiring to a luxurious, exotic resort after their primary careers have come to an end. Others fantasize about being comfortable in a home that has grown too large after all the children have moved on to careers of their own. Yet, some are concerned with healthcare issues and worry that assisted living may be in their future.

Brookfield Village is a planned community in Melbourne which is moving into its second phase to deliver to the 55 and over residents all they’ve ever dreamed of, and much more. Brookfield Village will be located conveniently near the beaches and I-95, just off of West New Haven Avenue. Capri Capital Corporation (CCC) is the family owned, community development corporation responsible for the innovative creation of what is soon to become the envy of other Senior Communities.

Craig Hessee, founder and owner of CCC is the man with the philosophy that he should “provide something no one else has provided, yet.” Coming to Brevard County, from the Midwest with over twenty years of construction and development experience, Hessee has been very busy creating unique communities in the six years he has been a Floridian. Before he even completed the vast Senior Community at Cedar Creek in Merritt Island, he was designing Brookfield Village.

Brookfield Village will provide 50 single-family detached land condominiums as well as a two-story senior residential condominium with dining facilities, social rooms, a library, and a fitness spa. Additionally, homeowners will be able to enjoy a heated community pool with lap lanes and a jetted Spa. The community will be gated and fenced for security and will be well lighted for the late night walks along the ample sidewalks.

A “Land Condo” differs from a traditional condominium from the aspect that the land beneath the homes is directly owned by the resident and not the Condo Association, which means the homeowner is responsible for his or her own Homeowner’s Insurance. However, the fees involved in owning a Land Condo at Brookfield Village provide much more than might be expected. In addition to the usual maintenance and upkeep provided for common areas, complete home landscaping is provided, as well as maintenance of the home’s exterior. This includes setting aside funds for scheduled painting and re-roofing. There will be no need to worry that a neighbor’s unkempt home will devalue the community’s property values.

The community at Brookfield Village may sound much like every other “55 Plus” community in Brevard County, with 2500 square foot homes in the low $300,000 range. But the difference between Brookfield Village and every other development in the county just may be in what each considers construction standards, and optional upgrades.

At Brookfield Village, every home is built to be ergonomic and “user friendly”, with such luxury features as: eight foot tall entry doors; high impact tinted windows and garage doors; rounded corners; and rocker electrical switches. The homes at Brookfield Village will be built with no entry thresholds, providing less likelihood for tripping, and no need to build a ramp in the future, should a person’s health needs require it. Because Hessee is always thinking toward the future, he has anticipated many of the features that seniors would find useful to make it possible to live alone in a private home longer than their contemporaries.

All doors and hallways are at least 36 inches wide, to allow for easy movement of furniture, or in the worst cases, access for walkers and wheelchairs. The standard tile floors will be easy to use with walkers or wheelchairs, too. Raised kitchen countertops provide less stress on backs, and require less bending. All kitchens will be built with roll-out drawers to make pantry access easier and safer. Even the dishwashers being installed are designed for downsized residential requirements, featuring the single zone wash design, which saves water and the need to fill the entire dishwasher before washing dishes.

Features in the bathrooms included split level vanities, wheelchair accessible showers, and safety bars in a choice of decorative finishes. In addition to ample electrical outlets, the homes at Brookfield Village host numerous cable and telephone jacks throughout the homes. Behind the painted drywalls which hold beveled mirrors, crown molding, and GFI outlets, are solid concrete block constructions. Over the ten foot ceilings are electric smoke detectors with battery backups, R30 insulation, and 30 year mildew resistant shingles.

Hessee listened to customers as he envisioned the best possible community. What some developers consider custom homes has become Hessee’s standard. The homes at Brookfield Village will be easy to personalize, with no interior load-bearing walls. The Glengary comes standard with additional features that can become optional upgrades for other models. Among these personalization options are upgrades such as a Jenn-Air Summer Kitchen and French Doors in the Master bedroom. Additional upgrades for all models include: organized closets, wood flooring, jetted tubs, advanced Air Conditioning Seer, and dozens of other choices.

Model homes can be seen at 4279 Judith Avenue in Merritt Island, in the Cedar Creek Community. Craig Hessee has teamed up with Sandie Hughes from Brookfield Village and Linda Dellenberger of Ocean Breeze Realty, who stand ready to proudly display the models and to answer any questions a buyer might have. Cedar Creek is a gated community, so buyers may wish to call for appointments or sales staff availability.

For more information, call Sandie at 321-456-5877 or toll free at 888-250-6604. Linda can be reached at 321-799-1499 or toll free at 888-806-2326.