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The Graying Of Gay America

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: October 31, 2005 7:00 pm ET

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) As LGBT baby boomers begin to reach retirement companies are rushing to meet the demand for seniors housing specifically designed for older gays.

Today in Santa Fe the first 20 units of a full service resort community opened its doors. When the whole complex is complete there will be 146 units: 60 condos, 60 independent living rental units, and 26 assisted living rental units.

The community is being built by RainbowVision of Santa Fe. All 60 condos already are sold and the company is accepting reservations for the independent living and assisted living rental units.

Under sunny skies today New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish and Hilda Rush, the community’s oldest new resident, cut a rainbow ribbon to formally open the community.

"Governor Bill Richardson and I believe that New Mexico, with its sunny weather and friendly atmosphere, provides a great place for seniors to retire," Denish said. "Though we welcome the economic benefits of this new retirement community, we are more excited to have these vibrant seniors make the Land of Enchantment their home."

RainbowVision President Joy Silver silver said that interest in the development has come from across the country and the units already sold were snapped up by people mainly from outside of New Mexico.

There already are seniors housing complexes in Florida, New York and California, but Silver says the Santa Fe project is the only LGBT total community for seniors in the country.

When fully completed next May, RainbowVision's 183,000 square feet will include not only the146 units but also a variety of living options, a wellness spa and fitness center, healthcare services, dining, cafe, cabaret and lounge.

The will even be an onsite vet. Nearby there are shopping centers, and major medical facilities.

RainbowVision does not come cheaply. The 60 condominiums that were quickly snapped up sold for prices ranging from $250,000 to $310,000.

The independent-living apartments, which range from 771-square-foot, one-bedroom units to 1,138-square-foot two-bedroom units, will rent for $2,743 to $3,260 a month. Assisted-living units will rent for $3,105 to $4,244 a month, depending on the size of the unit and the services sought.

©365Gay.com 2005


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