The 55-and-older demographic is seeking apartment living to support their active lifestyle. Answering the call is the 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley.
The children are raised, career developed—possibly even on the downhill slope, or pleasantly a part of the past—and the house is fixed up exactly as wanted. But, wait, there’s the need for a new roof. And what about that xeriscape project or the much-needed kitchen remodel? The responsibilities of home ownership are never ending: lawn and garden maintenance, regular repairs and constant cleaning often take center stage.
A sustainable solution is offered by 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley in Windsor, opening first-quarter of 2019. At this high-end luxury complex the expenditure of time, energy and money aren’t focused on the endless to-do list, but can instead be geared toward recreational activities. Enjoy a wider variety of enjoyable pastimes—cast a line in trout-filled waters, hit the links, or simply relax more often with friends, family or even just a good book.
Homes for Active Adults
According to Brad Florin, managing partner of L3 Management Corp., developer of the 55 Resort Apartments, Northern Colorado has already become a retirement destination.
“We have real outdoor quality here,” says Florin of the mild climate. “The weather’s in the middle; not too hot and not too cold.” Which is ideal for vibrant seniors.
The Windsor location is within quick access to Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, providing a nice combination of city life and small-town appeal.
This is a flexible housing option for those wishing to explore greater financial fluidity.
Four floorplans are available, including one- and two-bedroom units, with or without a study or dining room. Standard features include top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, vinyl plank wood floors, fireplaces and a private deck or patio. Interiors ranges from 602- to up to 1,177-square-feet. Prices range from $1,600 to $3,300 per month.
“These are really efficient floor plans, with 9-foot ceilings. Compact space is kind of the new normal, with smaller living quarters but more community areas,” says Florin.
People are converting to a “less is more” mindset, preferring quality over quantity as well as nurturing a strong sense of community.
An added caveat is Smartphone technology to control ambient air temperatures.
Units can be leased for six months to five years, with all utilities rolled into the same monthly bill as the rental payment. This includes cable television and internet, as well as the option to add a membership to Pelican Lakes Golf Course.
“The 55-and-older demographic is seeking a higher degree of lock-and-leave convenience,” adds Florin. “They want to be able to travel more, with a home base here as they experience trips and a leisurely lifestyle.”
Structural elements are taken quite seriously. Strict green energy codes are followed. High levels of both insulation and sound proofing are between each level as well as shared walls.
“Sound Transmission Class ratings are pretty rigorous,” states Florin.
“In addition, there’s a higher degree of amenities here than in most apartment complexes, such as climate-controlled elevators and hallways, a yoga room and demonstration kitchen to host cooking classes or group meals,” adds Florin. “Attached garages are extra deep, providing enough leeway to hold a workbench for those who like to tinker. In addition, a woodworking shop is located on-site.”
Furry friends are also welcome, with a dog run and wash station available for member use.
Much Ado About Stuff to Do
Raise a toast at the pub, create art in a craft area or have some fun in the game room. The collective garden offers the opportunity to grow fresh produce. Afterward, take a dip in the swimming pool and then add a therapeutic soak in the hot tub.
“This kind of community is for social people who want to engage with their neighbors,” says Florin. “We’ll have book clubs and guest speakers. Groups who wish to audit a course at CSU or UNC will be offered organizational assistance.”
Optional services include housekeeping and an in-house concierge. “Access to all the other Water Valley amenities is also included,” adds Florin.
There’s a golf cart barn which houses shared bikes, walking and biking trails connected to the Poudre Trail system, lakes on which to boat, kayak or paddle board, tennis courts and two dining establishments—The Sand Bar and Pelican Lakes Restaurant & Bar.
And, of course, plenty of golf—27 holes to be exact.
Lynette Chilcoat is a Loveland-based freelance writer. To comment on this article, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.