On this page, we spotlight one of our unique Arts Colonies:
Burbank Senior Artists Colony
Burbank Senior Artists Colony is the nation’s first apartment rental community dedicated to providing exceptional independent living for older people in a creative, arts-inspired environment. Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, brought his vision of what senior apartment living should be to John Huskey, president of Los Angeles-based Meta Housing. The two partnered to conceive and design the 141 unit building, of which 42 apartments are set aside for low income seniors. BSAC opened in 2004 and is the flagship of the EngAGE communities. It has been honored with numerous awards and has received international press.
EngAGE provides BSAC residents with an exceptional array of Lifelong Learning programs, including classes in art, writing, acting, and technology, delivered to them on site at no additional cost. There is also an active Colony Choir. Residents enjoy live entertainment in the Performance Theater, socializing in the Hollywood-theme clubhouse, and staying healthy in the gym.
While many of the residents had previous careers in the arts, some discovered their creative talents after moving in, ushering in an exciting new phase of life in which they can explore and continue to grow. Resident Sally, age 81, was insecure about trying her hand at painting, and yet, when she first put paint on canvas, “It was liberating!” she said. “I can do this!” Sally has since turned her attention to writing and is excited about working on her first novel.
Located in downtown Burbank near the studios and other major entertainment employers, the Burbank Senior Artists Colony apartments are close to shopping, restaurants, banks, and theaters. The building is professionally managed by Legacy Partners, Inc.
Everyone Who Lives Here is an Artist – Next Avenue
At New Rentals, the Aim is to Age with Creativity – New York Times
On the Market: Senior Artist Rental Communities – LA Times Blogs