|Since the 1970s gated communities across the country have offered individuals and families a sense of security and communal living. Beginning in the late ’90s we’ve seen the development of such facilities for gays and lesbians. Since that time, they’ve popped up all around the country.
Here’s a list of some of the options currently available.
Birds of a Feather Resort
8 Cosmos Ct.
Santa Fe, NM 87508
A residential community in Pecos, N.M., open to anyone who wishes to live harmoniously in a lesbian and gay community designed for active adults. This gated resort community rests on 140 acres of forested land and includes outstanding natural beauty and magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in sunny northern New Mexico.
160 Carefree Cove Rd.
Zionville, NC 28698
Phone: 941-731-3208 or 336-385-1136
A mountain retirement community for gays and lesbians near Boone, N.C., Carefree Cove is set in 165 acres of wooded land in the North Carolina mountains. Currently there are 90 lots on 100 acres of property. The remaining 65 acres are used for recreation, like fishing and hiking. A 3,400-square-foot lodge is planned as the center of the community. The lodge will have a fireplace, indoor pool, hot tubs and meeting space.
4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fountaingrove Lodge is a development by Aegis Senior Living, a recognized leader in the retirement housing industry. In addition to a 148-unit continuing care retirement community for LGBT older adults, it will include a 36-unit facility offering assisted living and Alzheimer’s care. The development is slated to be ready for occupancy by the winter of 2007-08.
The Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Corporation
P.O. Box 691657
West Hollywood CA 90069
Phone: 323-954-3900 or 866-838-1266
The Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Corporation (GLEHC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and operating high-quality, affordable residential communities which provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports the well-being of LGBT older adults. Using a combination of grassroots activism and development expertise, GLEHC plans to build and operate an affordable, independent living facility for LGBT older adults living in the greater Los Angeles area.
P.O. Box 1035
Daly City, CA 94017-1035
Private, licensed residential care home in Daly City, Calif. (near San Francisco), for gay men ages 60-plus.
Gay Family Compound
Russian River Resort Area
Guerneville, CA 95446
A care home for elder/disabled gays and lesbians with a fulltime live-in care services provider. Fully fenced in acreage with three separate dwellings. Independence along with the security and assistance of a loving caregiver.
Palms of Manasota (USA)
138 49th Ct.
East Palmetto, FL 34221
The Palms of Manasota was the first gay and lesbian adult living community in the U.S. The Palms seeks to build communities that are senior-friendly, attractive, pleasant and safe and that can serve as models for other communities.
15 Cottage Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Paradise One, in Easthampton, Mass., will be New England’s first age-in-place community for LGBT individuals, couples and families. A development of approximately 70 living units with facilities for events, guest accommodations, concierge services and innovative high-tech features. The units are anticipated to be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2007.
RainbowVision Properties, Inc.
W. Cordova Rd. #803
Santa Fe, NM 87505
RainbowVision Properties, Inc. was incorporated in New Mexico in 1998 to develop resort-style, independent and assisted living retirement communities primarily for the gay and lesbian senior population. The flagship property is RainbowVision Village in Santa Fe, N.M. RainbowVision will expand into other locations as the company closely follows the particular demands of the senior LGBT population.
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard
3000 Carefree Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33917-7135
A vacation and resort community of manufactured home and recreational vehicle sites. Home sites start at $27,500 and homes and home sites and packages run from $69,000 to $120,000.
P.O. Box 990035
Boston, MA 02199
Stonewall Communities has purchased the properties at 23 and 9 Miner St., in the Fenway/Audubon Circle neighborhood of Boston, Mass. They are designing and will build a residential community of 66 homes targeted to older lesbians, gay men, their friends and families.
World’s Edge Retirement and Longevity Resort
P.O. Box 579
Edneyville, NC 28727
Hidden in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, N.C. On a 100-acre site, each lot will be five acres with as much nature as possible surrounding the homes. Purchasers of the lots can build whatever type house they want, but developers are hoping for brick or log cabin type homes.
429 Earnhardt Dr.
Venus, FL 33960
Venus Acres is in Highlands County, Fla. Centrally located, it is a short drive from both East and West coasts. It is rural, the roads are shell rock and one can hear cows, see horses and live with agricultural zoning, and few restrictions. Manufactured homes of many sizes dot the one-acre parcels, with some sitebuilt ones. The 180 lots are about 30 percent gay-owned, and that is changing fast as word gets out.
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