When Ro made the decision to get her own place, the only apartments she even considered was the Westwynd Complex, for two reasons. First, because it was adjacent to the Shadowbrook Bike Path, where she liked to go for her runs; second because it backed up against a wooded area known as the Bottoms, which, of course, tied into her “thing” for trees. She chose the specific building and second-floor apartment because of its view of The Bottoms.
The complex was called Westwynd because it was on the west side of Lee’s Landing and because it had been built in the late eighties by the Wynd Brothers Development Company based out of Des Moines, Iowa. In fact, designing and furnishing the interior of the clubhouse had been one of the earliest projects for Kate Delahanty Design, Ro’s mother’s commercial interiors business.
The entire complex involved forty stand-alone buildings that added up to two-hundred-and-forty units, mostly two-bedrooms, like Ro’s, along with some studio, one-bedroom, and townhouse apartments.
The entire complex was a right-angle triangle, a little over half-a-mile wide at the base and not-quite-a-mile long north-to-south. The base of the triangle, the southern end of the property, was bounded by Shadowbrook creek and the bike path; the western side butted up to The Bottoms; the eastern side, the triangle’s hypotenuse, was against Old Post Road, a major cross-town commercial street in Lee’s Landing. There were two entrances to the complex off Old Post Road, one at the north end, one at the south.
The complex’s buildings were all positioned around the outer perimeter of the property, fronting on Westwynd Drive; each building had its own parking lot in front. In the center was the clubhouse, with the rental office, a vending area, meeting-party room and fitness center. An outdoor pool was behind the clubhouse.
Most of the buildings were all two-and-a-half stories with slightly below grade garden apartments, then two levels above that. The entire complex had a faux Tudor-style motif.
Ro’s building, Building Six, was toward the south end of the property, but on the west side of Westwynd Drive, about fifty yards from the bike path. Her apartment was unit six, on the south side of the second floor, so her address was 606 Westwynd Drive.
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