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Columbia Place Offers Luxury Living for the 55+ Community

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Photos by Berivan Ortega

Columbia Place, Wilmington’s newest over-55 community, offers gorgeous aesthetics with residences inspired by the French countryside.

A little piece of the French countryside is emerging on Garden of Eden Road in the Talleyville area of Wilmington, courtesy of Reybold Residential, which is putting the finishing touches on an active over-55 gated community called Columbia Place. The 17 single-family homes stretch across the western side of the site and wrap around to the south. Two condominium buildings form a border to the east of the property, while townhomes fill in the core of the 150-unit community. The residences range from to 2,900 to 3,500 square feet. Several families have already moved in.

Reybold Homes' Columbia Place

Reybold Residential’s Columbia Place is designated for the “active” 55-and-over crowd—given that the units contain three floors. The 17 single-family homes range from to 2,900 to 3,500 square feet; some families have already moved in. Owner/developer Jerome Heisler worked with architect Daniel Ball to create a contemporary style infused with a French country aesthetic.

The French Country style is achieved with the help of mahogany shutters and locally quarried stone

Owner/developer Jerome Heisler was decisive about the exterior style and enlisted architect Daniel Ball to execute a French country aesthetic. The result is best described as transitional contemporary with some French country influences. By the time the interior designers were brought in, the look of the exteriors had been well established.

Candice Ober, the design manager for Reybold, worked hand-in-glove with Henrietta Heisler, who owns her own local design firm and is Jerome’s cousin. “When I came into the project,” Ober recalls, “we wanted to have a feel, on the interior side, of a place that’s welcoming—a beautiful palette, very clean, consistent throughout the community. The tones are calming. We didn’t want to do a classical white [and] wanted something with a little more ‘oomph’ to it.”

The kitchens feature top-of-the-line appliances by Thermador, Sub-Zero and Wolf, while finishes include Daltile and a quartzite Perla Venata countertop with a triple pencil edge

Top-of-the-line fixtures like Kohler are used exclusively. “We really wanted to provide a quality product,” Ober says. “Most homebuilders, especially production builders, give you builder-grade material, which is kind of the bottom of the barrel.” When potential owners visit the model home created by Ober and Henrietta, they are seeing substantial upgrades.

“Jerome wanted something very unique and specific that no one else was offering— he wanted it to be very upscale, which is why we have copper faucets, real mahogany shutters and doors, and locally quarried stone,” Henrietta says. The model home boasts upscale Daltile and a quartzite Perla Venata countertop with a triple pencil edge, while the appliances carry the respected names Thermador, Sub-Zero and Wolf. The kitchen pendants—frosted white glass with a brushed-nickel finish—are from Visual Comfort. The stools are Bernhardt.

The bedroom is anchored by a sumptuous Santa Barbara Bernhardt bed with a sandstone wood finish. The flooring, engineered wood with random width planks, delivers the requisite country feel. “It’s a very special place to live,” Henrietta says.

Neutrals and soft surfaces fill the model unit, which was outfitted by Candice Ober, design manager for Reybold, and interior designer Henrietta Heisler.

While the style of the exteriors has been fixed in place, new homeowners can make their mark on the interiors. “Once we sell the home, the owners meet with me, and they sit down with me and we go through all their cabinets, countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures—all of that,” Ober says. Given the demographic, this isn’t anyone’s first home, “so they have an idea of what they want.”

Homeowners run the gamut of being immediately satisfied with the base design package to planning a totally customized home with a personalized floor plan, and everything in between. One homeowner came in and wanted to make sure that the basement would be suitable for a wine cellar. Another had high aspirations for their bathroom and specified a heated mud set—a shower floor and a seat within the shower made toasty with radiant heat. “It really provides that extra level of luxury,” Ober says, approvingly.

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