February 28, 2014
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BONNEY LAKE — "Firefighters are one big family," says firefighter Brian Lamoureaux. "My family was looking for that same sense of camaraderie in a community, and we found it at Tehaleh."
Community tours are available this weekend at Tehaleh, where visitors can explore 12 models and nine move-in-ready homes. There are six parks and 7.5 miles of trails where neighbors can meet and connect.
Lamoureaux and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, ages 8 and 4. When they moved into their Quadrant-built home in August, Lamoureaux says they were surprised to learn that they were neighbors with another first responder. Tom Spoonemore, a firefighter paramedic, lives a few doors down with his wife, Leah, and their 3-month-old daughter.
Lamoureaux and Spoonemore both say they were motivated to move to Tehaleh by its strong sense of community.
"We felt it from the moment we entered The Post, visited with the staff and heard about the thoughtful planning of the community," Spoonemore says. "We were the first to live in our little area, so when new families have moved in, we've been excited to meet them. We found that in older neighborhoods, people have their routine and aren't interested in meeting new neighbors."
"People who move to Tehaleh want the same things I want — kids barreling through the house, running through sprinklers and going over to a friend's house to play," Lamoureaux says. "If I need help on a house project, I can just wander over, ask a friend for help and get it done."
Both families appreciate that Donald Eismann Elementary School is located within the Tehaleh community. Lamoureaux says his irregular schedule allows him to spend more time enjoying the Tehaleh community with his daughters.
"My 8-year-old daughter and I have what we call Wednesday Walks in the Woods for the days when she has a late start at school," he says. "We'll take a walk on the Tehaleh trails to the Caffe D'arte at The Post and have a cup of hot cocoa or a smoothie."
During the holidays, the firefighters and their families attended the party hosted by Tehaleh, as well as a progressive party during which they had appetizers at each house in their neighborhood. "We called it The 12 Houses of Christmas," Lamoureaux says.
The neighbors have created a Facebook page that they use to keep in touch and plan parties.
"I'll always take advantage of community events because this is our community," Lamoureaux says. "In our last neighborhood, we didn't have that ownership. We didn't have sidewalks, cars drove through fast, and there wasn't a close connection. Here, we have good relationships with the neighbors and we're all looking out for each other. It breeds security."
Spoonemore says his favorite aspect of his family's home at Tehaleh is that he feels away from everything, but close to wildlife, trails and places to walk.
"We're not isolated," he says. "We're close to every-thing we need, creating friendships with neighbors and maintaining a community."
Tehaleh is co-owned by North America Sekisui House, the U.S. business unit of Sekisui House, Japan's largest homebuilder; and Newland Real Estate Group, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the U.S.
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