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The recession has hit the housing market hard, including planned communities for retirees.
That is no less true when it comes to housing for GLBT seniors.
Across the country, planned communities for retiring gays and lesbians have been on the drawing board, but have had a hard time getting underway.
One such project, undertaken by RainbowVision California LLC, has suffered a setback with the land intended for a planned retirement community catering to the silver GLBT set reverting to a lender for the project.
The lender, Senior Housing Partners III, retook the land in a foreclosure auction, reported the Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun in a Dec. 17 article.
The planned community had enjoyed promotion by tennis star Billie Jean King, the article said, but the economic realities of the situation forced the project to stall.
The article quoted RainbowVision president Joy Silver, who said, “The only thing stopping us is the economy–the fact that banks have not been in a position to make construction loans.
“We plan to move forward as soon as the economy allows.”
RainbowVision has already laid claim to the nation’s first GLBT retirement community, which is up and running in Santa Fe, NM.
Other retirement communities for older gays and lesbians have followed suit, such as The Palms of Manasota in Florida, and Birds of a Feather in Pecos, NM.
But the delay in the construction of the Palm Springs community is also not unique: the development of Boston’s LGBT retirement project Stonewall Communities was put on hold earlier this year.
The new community in Palm Springs was designed to include nearly 200 units, along with community amenities such as a nightclub, pool, spa, club house, and café, as well as athletic facilities.
The company hopes that once the economy recovers, RainbowVision will be able to buy the land back once again and proceed with construction.
Meantime, some of the seniors interested in the Palm Springs community have decided to relocate to Santa Fe instead, to the already-operating GLBT retirement community there.
“The GLBT retirement community model works; we know it,” said Silver of the Santa Fe location.
“We’re seeing a rise in occupancy there.”
The Best of Gay Palm Springs and the New Gay Travel Guide
I don’t think there is any other city that offers more gay-exclusive, clothing-optional gay resorts than the Southern California desert community of Palm Springs! They range in style and prices and it can be a hard choice, with so many options.
Writer Andrew Collins gives us his top 12!
4. Terrazzo Palm SpringsExtremely friendly, welcoming owners have poured plenty of effort and care into turning this moderate-to-upscale resort just off East Palm Canyon Drive (on the south side of Palm Springs) a winner. There’s just a great vibe here – the guests always appear to be having a blast, and the mood balances festive, relaxed, and playful. The 12 rooms are contemporary and unfussy, with a vaguely Southwestern look (including attractive Saltillo-tile floors); some have French doors opening to the pool area. A very good Continental breakfast is included (complete with espresso bar), and there’s a nice little gym and a quite large pool. About the only drawback is some traffic noise from the busy road, but the resort is fully walled-in for privacy.
6. Triangle InnA peaceful, contemporary compound at the end of San Lorenzo Road, the Triangle Inn nine cheery suites whose elegant, distinctive furnishings would suggest a much more expensive resort. In fact, the rates here are quite reasonable, especially when you factor in the many pluses, such as fully stocked kitchens or kitchenettes in each unit. Bathrooms are large and well-outfitted, and each units comes with games, magazines, and books – the entire property has a wonderfully personal feel about it. A sleek pool area acts as the resort’s focal point, where breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served each day. Of the under-10-room gay properties in town, the Triangle is one of the best, and it’s a terrific value.
10. INNdulgeThis steamy compound in the heart of the Warm Sands neighborhoods makes no apologies about catering heavily to guys on the make (couples, singles…groups). The 24-room INNDulge is super-cruisy, but it’s also well-maintained, with a respectful and fun staff, and with a bright, clean, and sunny vibe. You could stay here without feeling any pressure to socialize, but if it’s quiet you want, you might want to choose another property. Rooms here have rustic pine and wrought-iron furnishings, but guests tend to spend a lot of time sunning on the grounds and around the pool, working out in the gym, and making new friends among fellow guests. Rates are about average for gay PS resorts, a good value considering the above-average accommodations.
11. ChestnutzA reliable, mid-priced option along San Lorenzo Road, Chestnutz is one of the better-established gay resorts in Palm Springs, and it has a fanatically loyal following among past guests, who appreciate the warm, family-like mood and nicely furnished rooms, many which have received substantial upgrades in recent years. Chestnuts fills a nice niche by providing personal service, including a hearty full breakfast and afternoon apps and cocktails in the rates, and creating a vibe that’s equally relaxed and social – it’s a good option if you’re looking to meet other guys (most guests prefer to go without clothing around the grounds), but just as inviting for couples seeking seclusion. A 15-man hot tub and good-size pool round out the amenities.
12. Queen of HeartsOne of the two women’s resorts in town, the Queen of Hearts is a bit smaller and simpler (and also less expensive) than Casitas Laquita, but it’s still a lovely spread set on a peaceful residential street, hidden away from noise and traffic. Rooms, which have are individually decorated with tasteful, modern pieces, open to a mid-size pool and prosaically furnished lanai – there’s also a Jacuzzi tub. Across the street, the owners also have an intimate three-suite property, the Desert Hearts Inn – perfect if you’re seeking privacy. It may be that the resort’s best attributes are its guests and staff: there’s a genial spirit of camaraderie here, and the owners do a great job advising guests on things to see and do around town.
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