When the plan was conceived nearly two years ago to add a new neighborhood to the Royal Oaks campus, now known as Inspirata Pointe, the excitement started, and the project took on a life of its own. We had added buildings and even a cul-de-sac of patio homes in years’ past but Inspirata Pointe would be huge and include not only deluxe residential living on the west end of the campus but a new care center on the east end.  Where to start? 

Step 1 – Get expert advice. Greystone Communities, the recognized leader in helping Life Plan Communities expand, was hired to lead us down the path and help us get the ducks in a row.

Step 2 – Pick the architect. After seeing the senior housing designs of many architectural firms, Perkins Eastman was chosen as this very important partner.

Step 3 – Choose a construction company. Sundt’s experience on our campus during other build projects made it this an easy choice to continue that partnership. And their local relationships with the county and other local entities related to the permit process would be invaluable.

Then, the fun began! Imagery sessions were held with the architectural team and the newly-formed Master Planning Committee comprised of management, residents, and board members. A lot of healthy discussion ensued of what the Committee thought would be inviting to future residents who want a maintenance-free lifestyle.

The result? The most expansive and amenity-rich Life Plan Community in the Southwest!

This beautifully designed and landscaped neighborhood will offer 156 deluxe new homes (16 villas and 140 apartment homes) consisting of 14 floor plans ranging from 855 sq. ft. 1860 sq. ft. with underground parking for the apartment homes. Bocce ball courts and other outside common spaces with an abundance of water features, plus two new restaurants and a bar, will make residents feel like they are on a never-ending vacation.

A new state-of-the-art care center with 60 private suites will also be added to the east side of the campus to replace our current care center.  This will be the perfect complement to our 56 private-suite memory care center and our 59 one-bedroom and two-bedroom assisted living apartments. It’s all designed to make our residents who need a higher level of living to be able to live in style!

Things need names – don’t they?

Everything needs an identity, and this was true for our new neighborhood, care center, restaurants and bar, so we asked staff members for ideas and we got hundreds! After “Googling” each name, most were eliminated because they had already been taken by someone else. In the end, Inspirata Pointe was chosen for the neighborhood.  It rolls off the tongue well, meshes with the current Royal Oaks tag line and the name was available – and so was the website!

The care center was next.  All the higher levels of living will now be on the east part of the campus, so shouldn’t that new assortment of buildings and services all be under one umbrella? We found the answer to be a resounding “Yes!” So, Eleganta Pointe will be the new group of buildings enveloping Royal Oaks’ assisted living, memory care, and nursing services, along with a therapy/wellness building.

Next came the names for a few of what will be Inspirata Pointe residents’ favorite spots: the dining venues. The brilliant orange skies at sunset in Arizona are breathtaking and Arizona was a leader in copper mining for decades, hence, the new “watering hole” will be called Copper Skye. Envision lots of Moscow Mules in copper mugs being served on the outside patio when the sun sets low in the west!

And as orange skies fade to midnight blue, the stars come out and Azul (our new elevated fine dining restaurant) takes center stage.  Envision dining al fresco where Chef Paul will create imaginative dishes designed to make patrons swoon.

Of course, everyone has to come back down to earth occasionally and the Indigo Kitchen (the casual eatery inspired by one of the colors in the rainbow) promises to feed the soul.  

“How about the view? And we don’t mean the TV show!”

How do you show prospective future residents what their homes will look like if those homes don’t currently exist?  You contact Arnold Imaging and drone photography enters the picture—pun intended! Nick, an expert in senior housing imagery, spent a week flying drones all over the land where Inspirata Pointe will be built.  He shot footage at sunrise, sunset, with clouds, and with clear skies, so we could project the most beautiful views from the exact location in the building using state-of-the-art virtual tour technology being built for us by Engrain.  You will be able to sit in our marketing office with Residency Counselors Kari, Chuck, or Denise and by swiping through big screens, feel like you are looking at a property already built. You’ll even be able to “walk through” some floor plans along with the restaurants and common areas.  All through the miracle of technology.

Where does the Viking come in?

After nearly two years of design and development with a lot of wish-list items granted along the way, the architects from Perkins Eastman delivered their final drawings and then promptly celebrated at their home base in Chicago—by going axe throwing!  We just hope the Inspirata Pointe logo wasn’t the bull’s-eye!

As the final touches get put on the Engrain technology and all the printed materials are being developed to show the map and floor plans, our new marketing office is getting prepared to open to the public. Look for an exciting announcement shortly and then plan to make an appointment and see what your future could hold—a lifestyle with no maintenance, chef-prepared meals, activities galore planned by experts, and the security of Life Care.  The Inspirata Pointe team can be reached at 623-815-4274 and can answer all your questions. In the meantime, visit www.InspirataPointe.com to learn more and sign up for one of the informational seminars being held in November.