The model apartments at Oakmont of Valencia were opened to the public for tours earlier this month, and the luxury Santa Clarita senior living community is currently about 50 percent reserved before its grand opening slated for this summer.
“Our big milestone that we just had at the beginning of the month is that we opened our models, so now potential residents can come and actually go in the building,” said Margie Veis of Oakmont of Valencia. “Then we can actually walk into our Traditions Memory Care, and we have models set up… It really gives you a feel.”
The public can have an idea of what the courtyards and lobby will be like, and walk around an activity room, dining area and several model apartment floorplans, Veis noted.
“They’re beautiful, but beyond the beauty of that, you can see how purpose-built that apartment home is,” she said. “We’re so excited to actually be able to show the community, let them come in, let them touch it, let them feel it, let them see it.”
An estimated 400 people were present at the model grand opening April 6, and staff also organized a special event for the “founding families” who already have their spot reserved at Oakmont of Valencia, according to Veis.
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“They had a private tour, I got to meet with the families and we did a champagne toast,” she said. “We really toasted to the fact that they’re creating the culture. They are going to create the feel of Oakmont of Valencia, and I just wanted to let them know how grateful I was that they chose Oakmont of Valencia, and that they trust myself and my team to care for themselves or their loved ones.”
The model opening was “pretty emotional,” as the day marked the beginning of “everything that is going to come — and it’s coming,” Veis said.
Before its summer grand opening, Oakmont of Valenisa is already about halfway full with reservations, so Veis advises those interested to stop by the models.
“We’re around 50 percent already reserved and opening up and building a waitlist for certain floorplans, so I do encourage people, if they’re thinking about it, to come in,” she said. “And if the floorplan that they really like is not available, get on the waitlist.”
Veis added that she doesn’t like to use what she refers to as the “f” word — facility — when talking about Oakmont because she believes that it is much more than that.
“It’s a community. It becomes a family,” she said. “Magic really goes on there, and when you have the ability to do that from the start, … I just feel so grateful and blessed that I can do this, because it’s needed, and myself and our team, we have the knowledge and the skill to be successful and to help families through.”