L.A. Seniors Get Crafty at Rental Artists' Colony


First it was hipsters in trailers; the next wave of colonies might be grandparents in arts-focused senior housing. It's a trend that's gaining traction in the Los Angeles area, with artistic seniors spending their golden years pursuing passions instead of biding their time.

The center at the heart of the movement is the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a 141-unit complex purpose-built for creative types. The residence -- whose rental tenants are 55 or older -- is not a nursing-care or even assisted-living center, but strives to keep residents independent through engagement and activity.