New luxury seniors’ residence arrives in South Walton
WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – Construction sites are popping up all over the city. It seems that new things are constantly in the works. Now there is another site added to this list as the St. Joe Company innovates in a new luxury senior community. What is currently dirt and rubble will soon be what many older people call home.
St. Joe’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Dan Velazquez said he hopes residents find it a place that helps them age in place and improve their well-being. But it will not be an assisted life. Watersound Fountains will be a luxury independent living facility for active seniors.
âThey live alone but they have someone there if they need it. There are a lot of things they get. They don’t have to cook; they will give them tricks. They don’t have to drive anymore and that’s a good thing, âsaid Mugsy Parens, president of the Panama City Beach Senior Service Foundation.
The 148 apartments are tucked behind the Watersound Origins community in South Walton.
âOptions such as walking, using the trails, proximity to the Publix under construction and the future downtown area which will offer restaurants and shops to visit as often as they like,â Velazquez said.
The building itself will have a spa, wellness center, swimming pool, several restaurants, etc.
The St. Joe Company partnered with Watermark Retirement Communities and BRW Origins on the project. This is something they said is necessary.
âThis is part of the continued growth of the region. Certainly when the people we are looking to relocate here they want to know what housing options can be, especially as they age in place, âsaid Velazquez.
Parens said older people are ready for more options.
âI think there are so many more seniors coming here now. We welcome new people pretty much every day. A lady came for line dancing this morning. She came here to visit her son, but she is moving here now, âParens said.
Officials said Watersound Fountains will welcome its first residents in 2023.
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