In each issue, we plan to highlight one 55+ housing complex. Because residents can speak most authoritatively about their own home, we’re interviewing owners, asking for their input on the best and worst of each location. (If you would like to talk about your senior housing complex, let us know.)
For our Premiere issue, we spoke to an owner at The Montecito, located at 2001 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach. Our owner, whom we’ll call Susan to protect her privacy, had this to say about her 55+ home.
Q1: How long have you lived here?
A1: Since 2010. I bought from the builder.
Q2: Is it your first time living in a condominium?
Q3: Obviously there are things you like and some you don’t care for. What is your favorite part of living here?
A3: The views. On the North and West side of the building, the views are spectacular. The building sits up high, so I have views to downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, the Palisades, etc. It’s a glittery sight at night.
I like the fact that the building is newer and that, being on the top floor, I have high ceilings and large windows to capture the view.
I also like that the CC&R’s don’t prohibit big dogs. I would not have purchased the condo if they had a weight restriction for dogs. Lastly, I like how quiet it is here.
Q4: How about the thing you like least. What would that be?
A4: Not parking close to my door. I have to walk to the elevator and then down the walk way to my condo. It’s an easy walk but if I’m carrying a lot of stuff it might take multiple trips.
Q5: You probably previously lived in a free-standing house on a private lot. Condominium living adds other people and “things” to your life. What have you found that stands out as a big difference in the way you live?
A5: Living in a condo is much easier. It’s a low maintenance style of living.
Q6: Downsizing can be traumatic. What challenged you the most about your move to a 55+ community.
A6: Giving away rooms full of furniture. In the end, it’s freeing to let go of stuff. I like the stream-lined look.
Q7: If you had to do it again, what would you change.
Q8: What are your plans for the future?
A8: Staying put.
(Interview responses have been edited for clarity and space. For more on Susan’s story, see page 2.)