Amenities Geared Towards Seniors Take Center Stage at New Affordable Community

Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments, an Oakdale, Calif.-based seniors community, recently opened for low income seniors age 55 and older.

Irvine, Calif.—Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments, an Oakdale, Calif.-based seniors community, recently opened for low income seniors age 55 and older. The community was designed by KTGY Group Inc. and developed by the Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing in Merced, Calif. and Adroit Development Inc. in Westlake Village, Calif.

Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments contains 50 units. The $10 million project includes one- and two-bedroom floor plans in two two- and three-story buildings. Depending on resident income, the rents range from $483 to $787 a month.

What makes this project stand out, however, is its amenity package, which is tailored to the preferences of the senior residents.

“What is unique about this apartment community is the relatively high ratio of amenities to number of units,” Oliver Inauen, KTGY project manager, tells MHN. “We wanted the local community and the nearby senior apartment residents to be able to enjoy Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments’ amenities so we expanded our amenity offerings.”

Some of these amenities include a community center with a great room, hobby and craft studios, theater, game room, kitchen, fitness center, technology center and learning center. Outdoor amenities include a patio area with a barbecue and outdoor lounges.

“There are many of the old standard amenities that will be needed in any age-restricted community like the fitness center and the community room,” Manny Gonzalez, principal, KTGY, tells MHN.

“At Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments we not only provided cooking facilities indoors but a great outdoor kitchen as well. And while everyone seems to be adding gardens to their communities these days, since that is such a popular activity for the 50+ demographic, they not only leave their garden behind when they move from their home into a rental community, but guys leave their garage and work bench behind as well. The ‘Garage’ at Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments takes care of that need and is the most talked about amenity there,” he says.

However, according to Gonzalez, some traditional seniors housing amenities have to be updated for the times.

“The mailroom used to be one of the centers of daily activity, but mail has been replaced by Facebook, so WiFi is a critical amenity these days,” he says.