L.A. Seniors Get Crafty at Rental Artists' Colony
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.
And activity is easy to come by with on-site studios for painting, pottery, and sculpting, as well as video and computer labs, a library, a community room, and even a movie theater. Pursuits include yoga and water aerobics, and educational workshops on everything from drawing to acting.
The apartments are a mix of one- and two-bedroom units renting for up to $2,662. Though higher than the $1,488 average cost of renting a two-bedroom house in the area, with expanded amenities and an assurance of neighbors with common interests, it's a price many are willing to pay.
Other arts-focused senior housing options in the L.A.-area include North Hollywood's NoHo Senior Artists Colony, and an upcoming Long Beach project by the same developer behind the Burbank center -- awesomely described by CurbedLA as "Fame for the mah jongg set".
It's inspiring to see such unique and enriching options for seniors in a place where so many are drawn as bright-eyed youngsters with nothing but a guitar case or paint palette, and a dream.
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