Not only is the Nelsons’ condo decorated in an immaculate manner, they have also added some customized personal touches. Some of the pieces transferred from the Nelsons’ home to the condo were the entryway grandfather clock and the piano (which technically is new—the Nelsons’ 8-foot grand piano was too large to fit in the limited space, so they gave it to their daughter and three grandchildren and purchased a 5-foot baby grand piano).
The office (originally intended as a third bedroom on the blue print), creates a lived-in-for-years feel, rather than the eight months that the Nelsons have
actually occupied the space. Walnut wood cabinets and shelves line the walls, which in turn are stacked with books of all sorts. The cabinets, as well as the work desk flaunting a gorgeous inlaid granite finish, were custom-made and installed professionally by Scott Long of Scottsdale Cabinets and designed by Summers. Impeccable and luxurious, yes, but the Nelsons’ fun-loving attitude is expressed through the wallpaper—an abstract design of browns and blues. Just when you think you’ve seen all there is to this home office, Barbara pulls down her husband’s full-size maps from the ceiling—just as if you’re in an elementary school classroom—a classroom with granite desks and to-die-for views, that is.
The impressive office-shelving fixtures aren’t the only spaces in the condo that have been customized. Half of their very large and spacious closet and storage space was originally meant to be a den. Instead of accepting what would have been a cramped and window-free work space, the Nelsons had a door sealed off and a walkway cut to adjoin their new His-and-Hers closets. By making these adjustments, the Nelsons now have an organized closet any girl would envy and a home office any executive would drool over.
It’s easy to become fixated on the closet space, but one must not overlook the luxurious master bedroom and bathroom as these areas are large enough to be housed in a full-sized home rather than a condo. Here, lush (but not excessive) details abound, such as the television that seamlessly slides into the bedroom dresser and the marble vanities and warm coloring in the bathroom.
Clearly pleased with their new home, the Nelsons are even more enthusiastic about their neighbors and lifestyle shift. “I didn’t come here expecting [great neighbors],” Barbara says. “It’s a bonus and it’s a great bonus because it is really fun living here.”
Whether using the fitness center, attending events in the community and club rooms or swimming in the pool with their grandchildren, when the Nelsons do decide to leave their lavish quarters to explore the rest that Bridgeview has to offer, they’re never disappointed.
“The smartest advertising slogan that SunCor has is ‘Get away from it all in the middle of it all,’” Barbara says. “That describes the lifestyle here.”
At Bridgeview, the Nelsons clearly have the option of maintaining an active social calendar with urban action just a stone’s throw away. But with the regal views and all-around comfy-chic pad, the decision to stay in for a night is never a difficult one to make.