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Edmond's reputation attracts retirees to new neighborhood

Parkview neighborhood is a gated community of single-family homes for adults 55 and older
BY JIM STAFFORD, For The Oklahoman Published: May 24, 2014

— Edmond has been on CNNMoney’s list of Best Places to Live, and that’s one of the things that attracted retirees Ron and Doris Schnuelle of Virginia Beach, Va., to the Parkview neighborhood at Touchmark at Coffee Creek.

“I did some research, and we were impressed with that,” she said.

Touchmark is benefiting from Edmond’s reputation for excellent schools and the city’s recognition for livability, said Melissa Mahaffey, executive director of the Touchmark community.

The Schnuelles are among buyers contributing to the retirement community’s expansion, she said. Ground for five more houses will be broken this summer, she said.

Parkview is a gated community of single-family homes for adults 55 and older just north of the main Touchmark campus, on the north side of Covell Road, east of Kelly Avenue. Parkview’s 32 complete homes were all constructed by Red Rock Builders of Edmond.

“Parkview is the best-kept secret in Edmond,” Mahaffey said. “It is located just a stone’s throw from our main campus, which makes it convenient for people to come over for meals, if they like, or for meetings and different activities or simply to get together with friends.”

Homes range from 1,624 to 2,300 square feet in a variety of styles built to buyers’ specifications, Mahaffey said.

“For example, if you choose Lot A, then you can choose a variety of floor plans for that lot,” she said. “People work with an interior designer and can pick out the color of the carpet, the color of the stain for the cabinets, all the way to the roof color.”

Those personal touches appealed to the Schnuelles, who are both 69.

“I love the idea they build you a home,” Doris Schnuelle said. “When we came out to visit Edmond last fall, we were impressed with the city and quality of these homes. They bent over backward to say, ‘We’ll build it the way you want it built.’ ”

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