High-end waterfront retirement living is coming to Norfolk Virginia’s East Beach Summer of 2021

New Waterfront Retirement Living Community Coming to Norfolk, Virginia at East Beach

Norfolk, VA, To better serve the growing retirement living demand in Norfolk and the greater Hampton Roads region, a new state-of-the-art active retirement living community is under construction. Aspire at East Beach will provide high-end, waterfront retirement living in a resort- style setting, featuring an abundance of rich amenities and services in a vibrant and active environment. The community is slated to open in summer 2021.

Located at East Beach Marina at 4801 Pretty Lake Ave., the four-story apartment building will provide 132 studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom monthly rental apartments in 11 floor plans, many of which include balconies or patios. Amenities will include an indoor open-air pool, fitness center, art studio, salon and spa offering massages, a theater, library and game room. There will be an outdoor patio overlooking the water, private gardening areas and outdoor dining with fire pit. The community will have walkways to the marina and Chesapeake Bay beach three blocks away. Aspire at East Beach will also feature a full-service restaurant open to the public, complete with main dining room, private dining room and bistro-style restaurant and bar. Residents will be provided with numerous social, educational and spiritual programs and events.

Managed by Solvere Living, the operations division of St. Petersburg, Florida-based Solutions Advisors Group (SAG), Aspire at East Beach’s rental center is located at 3841 East Little Creek Road, Suite 1, Norfolk, VA; (757) 695-9605. Tina Fonteneau is the on-site sales office contact. Jennifer Stell is the general manager.

“We are very excited about managing the exceptional Aspire at East Beach and bringing its luxurious, inspiring and resort-style atmosphere to the Norfolk and Hampton Roads area,” said Kristin Ward, CEO of Solutions Advisors Group. “We are providing residents an environment of rich amenities, engaging programs and events, along with the best in quality of life and services. The location and atmosphere are lush, elegant and private, with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and the region’s plethora of international, historic, cultural, recreational and entertainment attractions.”

Aspire at East Beach will feature Solvere Senior Living’s proprietary wellness philosophy Salus™. Latin for “well-being,” Salus is a holistic approach that focuses on each resident’s potential to achieve personal goals through engagement and connections.

“There will be an array of active programing designed to stretch the mind and body to promote healthier aging. These include painting and acting as well as recreational games and spiritual activities,” Ward said.

Some of the many services include concierge, around-the-clock security, emergency response system in each apartment, maintenance and repairs, scheduled transportation, snow and trash removal and basic cable.

Aspire at East Beach is expected to create more than 35 full time positions in the immediate future. The owner/developer of the community is Arlington, Virginia-based Bonaventure. East Beach marks the third of its Aspire communities. Founded in 1999 by Dwight Dunton III, Bonaventure is a rapidly growing general contractor, with areas of expertise in multifamily and senior living new construction and renovations. It also holds a full suite of multifamily property management and investment capabilities with a portfolio of apartment homes in two states and 22 communities. The architectural firm is J. Price Architecture based in Liberty, Missouri.

For more information and to set up interviews, please contact Anne Abraham at Goldman & Associates Public Relations at: anne@goldmanandassociates.com or 757-625-2518, ext. 4. Visit Aspire at East Beach at https://www.aspireateastbeach.com/. Video and photos of what the community will look like are available at the website.

SAG is comprised of Solvere Living, the operations management division, Solutions Advisors, the marketing, advertising, sales, consulting services and the SA Digital division. SAG is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and is committed to serving the growing senior living industry. Solvere Living currently operates 24 communities in 12 states, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Maryland, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Award-Winning Florida Developer is Reimagining the Active Adult Resort with its New Renewable Lease Concept

SARASOTA, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020- Nearly 1,000 people are moving to Florida every day. After over seven months in a pandemic, it’s clear that the priorities of many Americans, especially active adults, have shifted.

Barrington Group Inc., a Sarasota-based property development company, is reimagining the active adult community concept with its new luxury resort community, The Floridian Club of Sarasota, which offers secure, flexible, long-term leases that cannot be adversely impacted by a housing market correction or an uncertain economy.

Built “by Baby Boomers for Baby Boomers,” the Floridian Club of Sarasota underwent five years of extensive research and development before opening in 2019 to define the desires and dislikes of Baby Boomers, and to build a community that fulfills their needs.
“The Floridian Club’s renewable lease options encourage our residents to live here long-term or enjoy it as a second home, with social and fitness programs that you simply cannot find at other communities,” said Barrington Group President Larry Lieberman.
The Floridian Club of Sarasota emphasizes a dynamic social calendar, curated monthly by a full-time, on-site event planner specifically for the changing preferences of residents. The property’s 10,000-square-foot amenity center features various social spaces promoting spontaneity and a community feel amongst its residents.

In addition to a busy social life, The Floridian Club boasts a comprehensive fitness component. In addition to on-site amenities, such as a large 24-hour gym and yoga studio, The Floridian Club also offers health and wellness programs for residents (think healthy cooking classes or tips on how to protect immune systems during flu season) and staff is available to help residents achieve individual fitness goals and smart-living alternatives.

Today, the financial benefits of leasing make sense for active adults seeking longer-term stability, affordable resort living, and a secure and safe investment. With no state income tax or estate tax in Florida and no home resale to negotiate, or the stress of lender approval, leasing is an attractive choice. Residents can use the equity from the sale of a current home to retire on, build their savings or invest.

“We pride ourselves on being responsive to market needs, especially those of Baby Boomers, who we feel have been often neglected in the housing development market,” Lieberman said.
Though still in the earlier stages, leasing has been brisk. The Floridian Club of Sarasota has finalized construction on 309 homesites and is in its final phase of leasing. A second Floridian Club is on the horizon, with plans for future Floridian Club properties throughout Florida and other southern states. Lease rates start at $1690/month.

For additional information regarding The Floridian Club of Sarasota, visit www.liveatthefloridian.com.

English Meadows Expands into DC and Northern Virginia Markets

Blacksburg, Va. — English Meadows Senior Living has partnered with Maple Heights Senior Living to provide management services in Washington DC and will open a newly constructed senior living community in Manassas, Virginia in 2021.

“We are excited for this expansion into Northern Virginia and the Washington DC/Maryland area. We expand with purpose, to share our loving culture and to give opportunities to our amazing caregivers,” said Mike Williams, CEO/Co-Founder.

English Meadows has taken over management of the Maple Heights community in Washington DC, with the option to convert the building to an English Meadows operation in 2021. Maple Heights is DC’s newest boutique senior living community, with 50 luxury AL/MC units.
In addition, English Meadows is also managing the completion of a newly constructed senior living community in Mannassas, Virginia. Opening in May of 2021, English Meadows Manassas Campus will be a 92 unit AL/MC, offering luxury living for up to 100 residents and employing over 80 people.

“Our goal has always been to provide affordable, quality care for our residents, while also creating a rewarding and enjoyable workplace for our team members,” said Steve Ordnorff, President/Co-Founder. “We’re thrilled to continue the pursuit of this goal in Northern Virginia.”

English Meadows Senior Living, headquarted in Blacksburg, Virginia, is a Senior Living Operator/ Owner founded in 2008 by Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff. We currently manage, operate and/or own 10 communities, caring for over 500 residents and employing over 400 team members. Visit our website at www.WeLoveOurResidents.com to learn more about our community.

Residents Celebrate La Posada's 16th Anniversary

La Posada, a Kisco Senior Living Community, Recently Celebrated its 16th Anniversary

It’s been sixteen years since La Posada first welcomed residents. The community, owned and operated by Kisco Senior Living, is in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens across 22 acres. As a CCRC and lifecare community, La Posada is able to care for residents across all levels of care from independent living to skilled nursing.

“Each year we invite the residents to help us celebrate our anniversary. It’s really our way of saying thank you. Many of our residents have actually been with us all 16 years,” said Brad Cadiere, executive director of La Posada. “We knew this year’s celebration would look different, but we still wanted to create a memorable moment.”

Residents have been practicing social distancing since March, and associates are delivering all meals, as the dining room remains closed. While masks, plexiglass dividers and social distancing measures remained in place, the sixteenth anniversary marked the first time residents were able to come together for a meal since March.

“We decided to bring an al fresco experience to our residents. Our community spirit is so strong at La Posada, we wanted to bring back that same feeling to our celebration,” said Cadiere. “Our chef went above and beyond to create a three-course surf and turf menu. It really was a huge hit!”

One of the residents who’s been there since the beginning is Jacqueline Oppedisano. Originally from the East Coast, the Oppedisanos frequently moved for new career opportunities. After spending time in Florida on and off as snowbirds, the couple decided to permanently call the sunshine state home.

“My husband worked so hard in his career. His retirement was really his time to relax. I wanted him to have more peaceful moments and no worries,” said Oppedisano. “La Posada is a place where you don’t have to worry. And especially now, I’m able to put my head on the pillow and know that I’m safe. I know that everything being done here is to keep us protected.”

Oppedisano raved about the “sweet sixteen” celebration. From the tablescapes to the chocolate ginger truffle torte, it was clear how much time and effort went into making the event a standout. She’s also been impressed with the creative ways the team has kept residents busy, despite social distancing measures. Exercise classes have been brought outside, bingo is often called over a loudspeaker, a happy hour cart comes to them, and lecture series are now held via zoom. She’s found there really is something for everyone. She’s also staying busy with a standing happy hour with her son and daughter-in-law, catching up with them over a glass of wine each day at 5:30.

“At this point we don’t even say hi, it’s just ‘cheers.’ With the measures in place here at La Posada, it’s really given my children that same peace of mind I have every day,” said Oppedisano.

Southeast Building Conference Recognizes Watercrest Naples as a Double Award Winner in the 2020 Aurora Awards Design Competition

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Watercrest Senior Living Group and United Properties are pleased to announce that Watercrest Naples Assisted Living and Memory Care was selected as a 2020 Silver Award Winner in two categories at the 41st Annual Aurora Awards.

Watercrest Naples received the Silver Award as a finalist in the Best Service Enriched Senior Community category and the Best Commercial Project Over 20,000 Square Feet category. Finalists were selected from over 200 entries in categories including interior design, detailing, custom and renovation work, as well as diverse commercial, recreational, and specialty buildings.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, and interior merchandisers for residential and commercial projects in the southern United States and Eastern Caribbean.

Watercrest Naples is a 128-unit luxury senior living community developed by Watercrest Senior Living Group and United Properties; and constructed by Walker & Company. The community offers 96 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments with premium accommodations, resort-style amenities, and world-class care. Residents enjoy pampering in elegant Spa W, savor private label Watercrest wines at the bistro, and relish the flavors of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and organic fare whether dining outdoors, bistro-style, or in the chef’s private dining room.

Architected by D2 Architecture with interior design by Interior Design Associates, the community boasts a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, pool, salon and spa, grand balconies, and Florida-style outdoor living spaces in a peaceful setting. Watercrest’s uniquely designed Market Street Plaza showcases an ‘outdoor’ streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming.

“Thanks to the collaboration of our talented Watercrest team and skilled partners, Watercrest Naples has earned national recognition as a senior living community at the forefront of innovation and building excellence,” said Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our uniquely-designed Watercrest communities and to serve seniors and their families in the spectacular settings they deserve.”

Ideally located at 9015 Bellaire Bay Drive, Watercrest Naples is just minutes from sandy white beaches, and casually elegant shopping, dining and cultural venues. The city offers nature lovers and sports enthusiasts unlimited opportunities to enjoy their favorite pastimes, while the grand architecture, friendly people, and pleasant year-round climate make Naples an extraordinary place to call home. For community information, contact Dawn Osterweil, Executive Director at 239-734-5639.

Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded by Marc Vorkapich, CEO, and Joan Williams, CFO, to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their luxury aesthetic, exceptional amenities and world-class care, and their innovative and artfully designed Market Street Memory Care Residences offer unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Founded in 1916 and based in Minneapolis, United Properties has developed nearly 200 projects totaling more than 20 million square feet and nearly $1 billion over the last 30 years. Since 2004, United Properties has developed 15 senior housing communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Denver markets, with seven more under development. For information on United Properties, visit http://www.uproperties.com.

A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. For information, visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

Country Meadows Residents Assemble Kits for Kids to Aid in Remote Learning

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —In an effort to support Country Meadows Retirement Communities’ co-workers and their children who are attending school online, residents at Country Meadows of Bethlehem are assembling “Kits for Kids.”

Kits are focused on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) projects and include homemade kinetic sand infused with lavender oil to promote natural stress relief while encouraging creativity and science; color and create puppets and bookmarks.

Also included are materials for aspiring engineers to build a boat to enter in Country Meadows’ Float Your Boat Challenge. Youths may use only the supplies provided in the kit and their boat must float. Parents are encouraged to post a video of their child making/floating their boat with the hashtag #CMFloat. Anyone who posts a video using that hashtag will be entered to win the “Science is Fun” prize. (This contest is open only to children of Country Meadows’ co-workers who receive a kit.)

“We are creating the kits to support our co-workers who may be struggling with children being home for school and to help boost morale,” says Jill A’Hearn-Country Meadows.

The winner of the Float Your Boat challenge will be randomly selected from all entries and posted on September 30th.

Country Meadows operates ten retirement communities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, MD. Country Meadows offers independent living, personal care, Alzheimer’s/Memory Support and restorative programs. Country Meadows Retirement Communities are owned and operated by the family of former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and family. More information about us can be found on the Internet at www.countrymeadows.com.

Staying in Touch in an Age of Social Distancing

Bellevue, WA- Located in the heart of Bellevue, The Bellettini is known for its exceptional senior living and extraordinary amenities and services that support an active and outgoing lifestyle. A lifestyle that has been compromised by the global pandemic and strict public health guidelines. Now, for the first time in six months, residents and families are able to reconnecting in person.

“From the beginning of the pandemic, we knew that seniors would be most adversely affected but not just by the virus – the impact on our residents’ active lifestyles has been significant,” said Fran Bates, executive director for The Bellettini.

“Through creativity and a plethora of virtual and small group opportunities, we’ve kept residents active, but we are thrilled to now offer residents the ability to visit with family and friends in person,” added Bates.

Following public health guidelines, the community is offering scheduled, in-person visits seven days a week. All visitors complete a screening upon arrival that includes having their temperature taken, and must remain socially distant. The outdoor visiting area is complete with a plexiglass shield to help protect residents and visitors alike. Visitations are also spaced out to allow for the area to be cleaned and sanitized between appointments.

According to Bates, residents and their loved ones are taking full advantage of the space to reconnect in person, enjoying meals together, playing games and sharing photos and updates.

“It is exciting to be able to visit with your family,” said Reva Turtel, a resident at The Bellettini. 

About The Bellettini:

Located in Bellevue, Washington, The Bellettini offers seniors apartment homes with up to 2,400 square feet. Interiors are clean and sophisticated with high ceilings, stone and ceramic tile in the entryway and bath, available hardwood-style floors, and granite countertops. Exclusive resort-style community amenities include a fine Italian restaurant onsite, 24-hour gym and fitness center, concierge service, and valet parking. The Bellettini is owned and operated by MBK Senior Living, an award-winning leader, and innovator in senior housing. To learn more, call 360-707-4765.

Kansas City-Area Senior Living Community Opens Major Expansion

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — A newly completed four-story apartment building at Village Shalom is now open, with daily move-ins scheduled through October. Part of a $42 million expansion project that broke ground two years ago, the building adds 76 apartment homes to the retirement community, which dates back more than a century. Features include an extensive amenity corridor on the first floor. Named “Main Street,” the corridor is home to a restaurant, bistro, pub, theater and day spa.

“This is a big chapter in our 100-plus-year history, and we’re honored to be able to advance our mission of enabling seniors to flourish in a safe, caring and compassionate environment,” said Matt Lewis, Village Shalom president and CEO. “The added amenities have resonated with both longtime and new residents, who are drawn to the look and feel of an upscale hotel.”

“New residents are excited to move in given the safety, security and lifestyle our community offers older adults,” said Jill Allin, director of sales and marketing. “We’ve worked hard to minimize the effects of the coronavirus at Village Shalom, and we’ll continue to do so.”

The apartment homes follow the recent completion of a new memory care building. Opened in early 2020, the building added 48 memory care residences to the Village Shalom campus. Substantial renovations are also ongoing at the community’s rehabilitation center, which will add 24 short-term rehab suites and a state-of-the-art therapy gym upon completion this fall, rounding out the expansion.

“These accommodations and continuum of care ensure we’re well positioned to serve local seniors and their families for many decades into the future,” added Lewis. “It’s been a long time coming, and we’re proud to see this project come to fruition and live up to what we envisioned.”

About Village Shalom

Village Shalom, located at 5500 W. 123rd St. in Overland Park, Kansas, is a Jewish-sponsored continuing care retirement community open to all faiths and backgrounds. Established in 1919, the community offers villas and apartments for independent living. A full continuum of care is also available on-site, including assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. For more information about Village Shalom, call 913-317-2600 or visit VillageShalom.org.

Watercrest’s Signature Program ‘Aprons & Appetizers’ Ignites the Senses for Watercrest Senior Living Residents

VERO BEACH, Fla, – From dark chocolate bark and raspberry muffins to tropical fruit smoothies, the residents at Watercrest Senior Living communities are enlivening their senses and igniting memories of culinary passions through Watercrest’s signature program ‘Aprons & Appetizers.’ Designed with evidence-based research, the program introduces multi-sensory, handcrafted, nutritionally wholesome small plates to improve quality of life and nutrition for seniors.

“The Aprons & Appetizers program gives our residents purpose along with socialization, while also providing nutrition,” says Angela Bowden, Watercrest’s Regional Director of Operations. “These are all critical elements to our resident’s physical and spiritual wellbeing.”

Designed by a registered nutritionist and award-winning dementia expert, ‘Aprons & Appetizers’ is part of Watercrest’s Live ExhilaratedÔ program, and a signature offering for residents of Watercrest communities.  The curated small plates program features a wide array of decadent desserts, delicious drinks, and delectable bites. Each specifically designed “snacktivity” maximizes nutrition while satisfying even the most discerning palate. Residents work alongside Watercrest’s trained culinary team as they offer chef-led demonstrations, resident prepared dishes, and the excitement of cooking competitions. Each thoughtfully planned activity ignites residents’ purpose and passion one recipe at a time.

“Watercrest’s Aprons & Appetizers program allows our residents to stimulate their senses through the touch, sight, taste, sound and smells of preparing various foods,” says Sheena Jeffries, Watercrest’s Regional Director of Engagement.  “Research has proven these factors are instrumental in sparking memories and maintaining mind-health for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illness.”

The Live Exhilarated™ program was created to focus on the active pursuit of ‘personal wholeness’ for each resident. The program includes thoughtfully planned, multi-part programs inspired by individual resident’s passions and interests which align with the seven facets of wholeness: Get Active, Be Curious, Get Connected, Be Uplifted, Get Creative, Be Social, Be Adventurous.

Watercrest Senior Living has a unique approach to healthy aging, focusing on individuals achieving personal wholeness through participation in programs aligned with the seven facets of wholeness.  These facets provide the Live Exhilarated™ program framework which focuses on celebrating the residents’ story, encouraging their pursuit of new passions, optimizing their experience, and offering variety and choice to all residents.

Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded by Marc Vorkapich, CEO, and Joan Williams, CFO, to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training.  Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their luxury aesthetic, exceptional amenities and world-class care, and their innovative Market Street Memory Care Residences offer unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.


A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest specializes in the development and operations of senior living communities and the growth of servant leaders.  Visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.


Cadence Living and Flournoy Development Group Announce Joint Venture for New Senior Living Community

Cadence Living and Flournoy Development Group announce that they have broken ground on Cadence Olney, a 107-apartment community located near the intersection of Georgia Ave and Old Baltimore Road in Olney, Maryland, part of the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. This luxury community is situated on 37 beautiful acres that includes 31 acres of forest preserve that will serve as a natural amenity for the residents of Cadence Olney and provide a serene environment ideal for a holistic resident experience. The community will feature a 3-story Independent Living and Assisted Living main building and a 2-story Memory Care building filled with indoor and outdoor amenity spaces that will be for the enjoyment of its residents.

“Olney is a special place and this location with its natural preserve is idyllic,” stated Cadence Principal Rob Leinbach, “We look forward to creating a an incredible community with Flournoy Development Group that will enhance the lives of Olney residents for years to come.”

“Flournoy’s commitment to developing senior living communities has never been stronger, and we are pleased to have found an opportunity in the high barrier market of Montgomery County, Maryland,” said Justin R. Osborne, Vice President, Senior Housing. “We were able to identify the most attractive location to co-develop with Cadence, which led to the expansion of both our firms’ footprints in the Mid-Atlantic region.”


About Cadence Living

Cadence Living develops, owns and/or operates lifestyle communities throughout theUnited States. What sets Cadence apart is the company’s devoted approach to creating healthy, vibrant communities that offer residents exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care lifestyle options. The name “Cadence” underlines the company’s personal philosophy that each community should aspire, create and respond to life’s natural rhythms to enliven and enrich the experience of residents. For more information on Cadence Living, visit www.CadenceSL.com.

About Flournoy

Flournoy Development Group, LLC (“Flournoy”) is a Columbus, GA based company specializing in the development of Class “A” apartment and senior living communities throughout the United States. The company has developed over 40,000 apartment homes in more than 220 communities since its formation in 1967. In January 2018, Flournoy was acquired by Kajima U.S.A. Inc. (KUSA), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Kajima Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, which was founded in 1840. Flournoy benefits from access to engineering, design, construction and development businesses across North America. For more information about Flournoy, pleased visit flournoyseniorliving.com.