Florida is a retirement destination for most active adults, and The Palace at Coral Gables toys with royal inspiration, giving independent and assisted living seniors elegance and innovation.
By Scott McCourtney
Positioned centrally in Coral Gables, Florida, The Palace revolutionizes the retirement community with breathtaking interior designs and innovative technologies incorporated to assure residents that safety was a prominent concern in its design.
The aging in place and universal design features within the numerous different apartments were designed to aid seniors with different health needs. These additions include barrier-free entries in bathrooms and safety handrails, built-out storage and closet systems to maximize accessibility and raised toilets that were orthopedically-designed to provide users with stability and comfort. Walk-in bathtubs are installed to improve safety and reduce injuries, and wall-to-wall medicine cabinets for extra storage.
Inspiration for the design for The Palace was one of the upmost luxurious, exuding Mediterranean, French, and modern appeal. Retirees can choose to match the beauty of the surrounding environment with the sheer presence of the exterior and interior of The Palace.
“The city of Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful and desirable places to live and work in South Florida and there has been a concerted effort to bring a full service facility for local seniors for years. When ‘The Palace’ invited us to be a part of their team, we knew that it was the perfect match for this city and the ‘empty nesters’ looking for a special place to enjoy their leisure years,” explained John Pierce Fullerton, AIA, President of The Fullerton Group Architects.
Although architecturally The Palace emits a powerful sense of old-world luxury, technology was another important component of ensuring that this Florida retirement community was far beyond anything designed in the past.
Customized colored marble flooring, multi-tiered Muranoinspired, crystal chandeliers, French-style carved moldings, Venetian plaster walls, soaring ceilings, and dramatic windows are one of many reasons The Palace entrenches residents in decadent interior design.
Televisions throughout common areas add extra entertainment options for the independent and assisted living residents. These systems provide ambient music to 15 relaxation areas with individual audio controls that can enrich volume in separated speaker units.
The Palace at Coral Gables also encourages community unity by providing a movie theater and luxury pool area. The in-house theater is fit with soundproof walls, professional stage lighting, and independent listening systems for the hearing impaired.
Amenities spanning from easy access to the bustling downtown area to high-end spa and pool options enhance the overall elegance of The Palace. A beauty salon, wellness center staffed by physicians, fitness and aerobics studio, a library, and over-the-top pool evoke only the grandest lifestyle.
“The Palace at Coral Gables presented a unique opportunity to advance the qaulity of service as well as virtually foolproof safety and security systems in a single downtown structure,” stated Jacob Shaham, CEO of The Palace Group. “As the first new luxury community built in the center of a major South Florida urban location, the community stands alone in utilizing packaged digitalized services, not available until the past decade.”
Whether formal, casual, independent, or assisted living is needed by a potential resident, the top-notch quality of The Palace at Coral Gables has the potential to attract numerous different seniors while also standing tall as a unique and innovative community. According to Shaham, this community, inspired by decadence and luxury, is sure to give the 50+ housing market an example of success.
“It is thought to be the most unusual senior living community of its kind to be built in Florida and perhaps the country.”
Scott McCourtney is an assistant editor for 50+ Builder. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org