Avenida Cool Springs is way cool.  It’s a brand new model of 55+ senior living.

Opening June 10, this is the first of its kind in Tennessee, according to Sally Ostheimer, executive director.

“This is not assisted living; nor do we have a medical component,” she said.  This development is designed for active seniors who like socializing and who are ready to give up home maintenance.  It’s a lock and go lifestyle.  Maintenance is one phone call away, 24/7.  There’s no more cutting grass, finding a plumber or electrician, a painter or a handyman.  This is effortless living.”

The community offers 142 luxurious one and two-bedroom apartment homes.  

“This is part of what makes our community so unique,” says Ostheimer.  “People who are ready to let someone else do all the work find this appealing.  They are ready to sell their homes to downsize.  They invest funds from that sale, then just rent their new home.  It just could not be easier.”

Each home is luxurious with top notch kitchens including quartz countertops, sleek designs, and each has either a patio or balcony.

Ostheimer has been in the senior living industry for 25 years.

“I’ve never seen anything like this concept; we think it is the wave of the future,” she said.

Moving trucks start arriving June 10, but no more than three per day so as to keep things simple and serene.  Among the residents anxiously awaiting their move in are Donna and George Fletcher.

“We are so excited about our new lifestyle,” said Donna.  “We are downsizing for the second time.  The first was our move from Franklin to Spring Hill where we have been for the last 11 years.  We are tired of home ownership, responsibility and maintenance.  We are socially active and love to travel.  This new concept of luxurious apartment living appeals to us.  We haven’t seen any other senior community that compares.”

The Fletchers’ have attended Avenida events and have already made new friends.

“This is just going to be great.  Residents are like-minded.  We can’t wait to be neighbors with the people we’ve met.  Some of our current friends are now considering making this lifestyle their own. The concept is just almost too good to be true.”

The community provides ample parking; carports and separate garages are optional. Avenida boasts 8,000 square feet of amenity space including a home theater that will show first run films, a saltwater pool, a spacious courtyard and even raised beds for gardening.  Residents need not leave behind their love of growing flowers, herbs and vegetables.

One of the top attention getters for prospective residents is the fact that the homes are pet friendly.  The development welcomes cats and dogs.

“We have found this to be important to so many prospective residents,” said the executive director.  “Pets are family; they’re welcome here.”

Not all of the new residents waiting to call this place home are retired.  Many are still active in their careers. Taking home ownership and maintenance off their plates come as welcoming lifestyle changes.

“We have a good mix of couples, widows and widowers,” said Ostheimer.  “Everyone has their own transportation, plus we are partnering with Uber and another ride share program to offer our residents every convenience.  They can call a driver for evenings out.  A fulltime concierge is on staff to facilitate that and whatever else residents might need.”

The community opens its doors with 25% of its residents committed.  About 75% are local; others come from out of town and out of state.  Ostheimer says those relocating are most often moving here to be closer to children and grandchildren.  The current average age is 75.

Fletcher says Avenida staff has been wonderful in helping them make the transition to apartment living.

“They’ve held classes on downsizing; they’ve treated us with special events like luncheons and dinners.  This has just been a breeze.  We are just so excited to get in there.  We’ve given things to our children, selected things we don’t need and kept the things that mean the most to us.”

In addition to spacious walk-in closets in the homes, each floor has storage space for the like of holiday décor and items not needed on a daily basis.

On the socializing aspect, there’s a pub, a sky lounge, a crafts room and plans call for hosting singer/songwriters for on property entertainment.

This is not your daddy’s senior living.  Not by a longshot.

Vicki Stout serves as SEM’s Travel and Food Editor. She is also a freelance writer and marketing and public relations consultant.


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