By Melissa Lampert, KHTS Staff Writer
The luxury Santa Clarita senior living community Oakmont of Santa Clarita had a grand opening celebration of its model apartments recently, and Oakmont officials have started a waitlist for potential future residents.
Hundreds of community members, including the “founding families” who already put a deposit down on a pre-leased apartment, joined Oakmont staff at the end of September for a champagne toast, tour, food and music.
“We’re really trying to get our depositors and founding families to know each other so that by the time we move in, they’re neighbors and it’s a community,” said Executive Director Margie Veis.
A model “Pine” apartment– a studio apartment with a pony wall to divide the living area from the bedroom area –was available for viewing at the celebration as well.
“I know a lot of women, they don’t want to walk into a room and make it feel like a hotel room; they want their bedroom to be private,” Veis said. “So it’s set up as kind of a living room and then the bedroom on the other side of that pony wall.”
“Pine” models in the Traditions Memory Care area of the community will also be used for shared rooms, helping give residents privacy through the pony wall while lowering the cost of living.
The community will feature 10-foot high ceilings with crown molding and granite countertops, as well as non-stick vinyl bathroom flooring with the look of hardwood and ability to automatically turn on the light when a person steps onto the floor, helping prevent falls in the dark. Bathrooms also feature showers with built-in, fold-away benches and two shower heads for standing or sitting.
The dining hall’s wood-burning pizza oven and chicken rotisserie rack have both been installed, and the concrete has also been poured in the outdoor dining area.
A wheelchair-accessible bus for excursions, such as a scenic drive to the Ventura Harbor for a walk on the pier or an outing to a local restaurant, has also been purchased, with plans to also purchase a Cadillac for personal chauffeur services to destinations like the doctor, the bank and more.
Though pre-leased apartments are about full two months before Oakmont’s expected opening date in January 2016, Santa Clarita seniors can add their name to a waitlist to be part of a group Oakmont officials are calling “future families.”
“If you have a loved one and you’re thinking about making a move to Oakmont, please come meet with myself or my team, have a private tour of the models and you can get on that waitlist,” Veis said. “If you’re not ready to move right now, that’s great because that will give you time. We’re not going to open until January, and there’s a possibility that you get on that waitlist (and) it might not be until March. … So it’s being proactive.”
Oakmont is a luxury senior living community in Santa Clarita located on seven acres of land on Newhall Ranch Road. Set to open later this year or in early 2016, Oakmont of Santa Clarita is comprised of 80 pet-friendly apartment units, with both independent and assisted living options available. A separate wing of the community, called Traditions Memory Care, will be dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For more on Oakmont of Santa Clarita, go to www.hometownstation.com.
28650 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355