Endless possibilities: A 55-plus rental community opening in Lakewood offers a maintenance-free approach to healthy aging

In a Denver market obsessed with buying retirement homes, a California-based developer offering active-adult living concepts will give you a different look at the question of how and where to live after age 55, with the opening of a 230-unit luxury rental community off West Colfax in Lakewood.

Avenida Lakewood

What: Now open, Avenida Lakewood, age-55-plus luxury rental apartments, 1-and 2-bedroom floor plans, 12,000 sq. ft. of amenities, fulltime Resident Enrichment Director, three model homes.
Where: 11001 W 15th Pl, Lakewood; from Sixth Ave Fwy/US 6, take Kipling St north a mile to W. Colfax Ave, turn west on Colfax 4 blks to Owen St., then north 1 blk.  Or from Union/Simms, north to Colfax, east to Quail, left.
Price: From $1,700/month, one-time $1,000 community fee
When: Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; daily, 9-5
Phone: 720-689-0318
More Info: AvenidaLakewood.com

At Avenida Lakewood, on West 15th Place west of the old Westland shopping mall site, you can explore three models — a 750-foot single-bedroom plan and two roomy two-bedrooms — that offer 12- to 15-month leases from $1,700/month.

With 12,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space, Avenida Lakewood includes a pool and spa, three large outdoor living terraces, a dining/entertainment area with a good-looking continental breakfast served daily, a creative arts center, theatre and a “Sky Lounge” that has some of the same mountain views that many of the units here have.

“We’re all about purposeful living,” says Robin Craig, senior vice president for Avenida Partners in Newport Beach, Calif. — with Avenida communities in six states including this first Colorado site.

Early on, says Craig, partners discovered a Mayo Clinic study on healthy aging that identified five key areas that promote a happy, healthy senior lifestyle. Those include fitness (there’s a gym and yoga studio), cognitive efficacy, social resources and financial security.

With those in mind, Avenida will create an average of eight activities per day for residents, including life-long learning, art classes, social events and resident-led groups and clubs, coordinated by a full-time Resident Enrichment Director.

“People are looking for a comfort level as they age,” Craig says. “Our Avenida team creates that sense of belonging and supports resident well-being.”

That comfort includes figuring out what services people want to pay for and what they don’t want.  Avenida carried out focus groups in Lakewood to ask the demographic whether, for instance, they’d want to pay for housekeeping included in their monthly rent (absolutely not, say prospects) and how likely they are to be bringing along a dog or cat (absolutely yes).

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That focus, says Craig, makes Avenida Lakewood a great value compared to similar communities around town. But she adds that it also creates a scenario that competes well against the prospects of actually buying a condo or patio home, and then paying additional for HOA fees for services that at Avenida are already wrapped into the rent.