(Caption for photos above: First 3 photos above show stand-alone small houses (mostly 1 or 2 BR, 1 BA); the interior shot is of the Avion Village office; the open field shot is an open, undeveloped park area; the 2 red brick shots are apartment buildings (~20 buildings, I didn't count them); the last photo is the retail area across Belt Line Rd. from the apartments.)
Yesterday, in the swimming pool at The Summit (active senior activity center in Grand Prairie), I met a friendly woman who told me that she has lived in an Avion Village apartment (1 BR, 1 BA) for the last 8 years. She said the apartments are not all that nice, but they're quiet and safe, no issues among tenants, and she likes living there). She said over 8 years, her rent has increased only from $325/month to $375/month!
So I went to check out the "Village" and to document my findings for any interested Ambassadors. They don't advertise at all and have a wait list and Amanda in the office wouldn't say "how long the typical wait is" but when I asked if it's "like 2 years?," she said, "Oh, not THAT long." No vacancies now. When I asked about crime, Amanda said "Extremely minimal. Everybody knows their neighbors here and looks after each other."
Here is a link to their website www.avionvillage.net/ and an online Application Form can be found here. If you complete an Application Form and take them a $75 non-refundable Application Fee, when a vacancy opens, the Office will call you to view the available unit. There is no obligation to accept the vacancy. If you decline it, you will remain on the wait list for the next vacancy. Amanda said it's not like a typical lease agreement where you renew every year. Once you're in, you're in until you decide to leave (most of the vacancies are created by young people leaving to follow a job or to move to larger quarters due to growing family). When you want to leave, you provide 30 days' notice to the Office and that's it.
A bit more information can be found on their Facebook page at this link https://bit.ly/2Iz10dv
So here's the scoop.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.