Vivante a vibrant haven

New senior living facility on the Westside offers luxury amenities, including a private dining room, putting green, movie theater, library and artists' studio.

October 08, 2013|By Bradley Zint
  • Pictured is a courtyard at Vivante on the Coast, a large retirement community in Costa Mesa's Westside. The 185-unit property on 7 acres opens Tuesday and has about 75 residents set to move in.
Pictured is a courtyard at Vivante on the Coast, a large… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Among the amenities at Vivante on the Coast are an indoor saltwater pool, salon, various lounges and, for the four-legged furry creatures, a dog park called Central Bark.

The first residents — about 75 — of the upscale senior living facility in Costa Mesa's Westside are scheduled to move in Tuesday. The 7-acre campus at 1640 Monrovia Ave. has 185 units, 40 of which are designed to be "memory care" homes for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The community is open to residents 62 years and older, most of whom are likely to move there from nearby communities, officials said.

The developer, Santa Ana-based Nexus Cos., said the Westside location, with its proximity to Hoag Hospital, is a desirable spot for people already living in Newport Beach.

"Everybody in Newport Beach knows about this area," Nexus President Cory Alder said during a media tour Tuesday. "They've owned real estate, they've owned businesses here. They store their cars here, their boats. People know this area very, very well, and it's definitely underutilized."


Alder, a longtime Newport Beach resident, mentioned the ongoing development in the Westside, where various parcels are being rebuilt with new projects. These include residential developments and, just down the street, the new Coastline Community College campus, which opened last year.

"In the next couple of years, you're going to see a lot of things change, just like we did here," he said.

Vivante's three-story building stands in tall contrast to the developments around it, namely the Playport mobile home park, Southern California Edison substation, office buildings and light industrial sites.

Nexus bought the property, once used by an aerospace company, in 2005, though development stalled amid the recession, Alder said.

It's the company's first senior housing development. Even before its completion in January, Vivante had won various awards from the National Assn. of Home Builders, a trade group.

There are six floor plans, with studios starting at some 450 square feet and two-bedroom units at about 1,800 square feet. The one- and two-bedroom units have full kitchens.

The rooms can also be adapted to be more accessible to the handicapped, Alder said.

Monthly rents start at $4,190, or $6,000 for the memory care facility. Private suites in the memory care center cost $10,000 per month.

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