Pet salons, in-house sommeliers, and rooftop pools: Exploring the high end of luxury senior living

Luxury senior living is having a moment. As the most affluent members of the Baby Boomer generation chart the next chapters of their lives, few plan to give up the high standard of living they’ve grown accustomed to. And because demand for care and housing continues to grow, senior living providers are steadily unveiling communities that cater especially to these well-to-do customers. Welcome to the new age of luxury senior living.

What once was standard—retirement communities founded in repurposed hotels or custom-built as residential care facilities—has given way to resort-style campuses and luxury high-rise buildings, replete with five-star amenities and services.  

Forgotten are the days of institution-style meals taken in community dining rooms; today’s upscale senior living hamlets offer elegant restaurants with fine cuisine and sommelier-selected wine lists.  

From 24-hour attended lobbies and room service to rooftop pools and sky terraces, older adults are discovering that luxury retirement living means they don’t have to sacrifice the conveniences that make life more fulfilling. They are also comforted to learn that the assistance they might wish to have in their golden years will be readily available when needed. 

Here we explore ten of the best services and amenities to look for in communities across the United States, and perhaps even at a luxury retirement community near you. 

1. Luxe Salon Services

Upscale senior living communities are often known for their lush in-house salons, which offer haircuts and styling as well as manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, and spa treatment services.  

Coterie Cathedral Hill, a high-end senior living community in San Francisco has partnered with a local boutique salon to offer residents styling and color services at its onsite studio, while another luxury property offers chair massages as you wait for your stylist. 

2. State-of-the-Art Fitness

Older adults looking for ways to stay fit will typically find a well-outfitted private gym complete with specialized equipment and personal trainers at the ready to help them reach their fitness goals.  

Group fitness classes such as barre, Pilates, and yoga might be led by professional local instructors in dedicated studio spaces. Some communities even offer heated pools for aqua therapy and water aerobics classes.  

3. Multiple Fine Dining Options

Many luxury senior living communities today boast a myriad of fine and casual culinary options under one roof. For example, Coterie Cathedral Hill offers five different ways to dine: an elegantly appointed full-service restaurant, an elevated breakfast and lunch grille, a lively lounge featuring seasonal hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, a reservable private dining room, and 24-hour room service. 

Some communities boast culinary programs headed by celebrity chefs, while others feature wine lists and pairings curated by a Master Sommelier. 

4. Resort-Inspired Leisure

If the idea of year-round resort living seems appealing, you’ll find what you’re looking for in a high-end retirement community.  

Golf enthusiasts might find putting greens, golf simulators, even 18-hole golf courses. Also popular: bocce ball and pickle ball courts, walking trails, and entertainment amenities such as private party lounges, dance ballrooms, art studios, and ateliers.  

5. Plush, Onsite Cinemas

Luxury senior living residents can go to the movies without ever leaving home.  

Some communities feature a fabulously appointed cinema, which offers an ideal venue in which to host film screenings, live performances, and mind-expanding lectures by filmmakers. 

6. Curated Private Libraries

If you are a bibliophile, you will appreciate the fact that many luxury senior living communities have created inviting libraries with bespoke designer furnishings.  

Coterie libraries house a growing collection of best sellers and classics, carefully curated by independent bookstore McNally Jackson. 

7. Pet Care Services

If your dog is a valued family member, you’ll be pleased to learn that several luxury senior communities not only warmly welcome pets, but also offer onsite pet care—including grooming, dog walking, rooftop dog parks, pet-friendly happy hours, and even pet sitting services. 

8. Stimulating Social Scenes

Luxury senior living brings residents a higher level of social opportunity than you may expect in a standard senior living community.  

Residents might sit in on a lecture by a local college professor, attend a black-tie ball or art appreciation soiree, or be treated to live musical performances ranging from folk singers to string bands and jazz quartets.  

Some communities also offer regular outings for musical productions and classical concerts. 

9. Stylish Private Transportation

No need to hail a cab - upscale senior living properties often provide residents with private, chauffeur-driven cars.  

For example, residents of Coterie Hudson Yards are ferried to and from personal appointments and shopping trips in the house car — a Mercedes-Maybach. 

10. In-House Wellness

Many luxury senior living communities embrace holistic health and wellness for residents.  

In addition to offering personalized fitness programs, a whole-person approach may include nutrition counseling, stress management, resilience training, and programs that emphasize social well-being. 

Coterie communities also employ wearable technologies that offer biometric health monitoring, keyless door access, and even two-way communication with staff.  

Explore the Pinnacle of Luxury Living 

One high-end senior living provider has brought a great many of these fine amenities and services together to create one unrivaled lifestyle.  

Coterie is a new kind of luxury senior lifestyle created especially for active and ambitious older people. With locations in New York City and San Francisco, Coterie offers a senior living experience truly unlike any other. 

A Tailored Service Approach 

At the heart of the Coterie lifestyle is their commitment to unparalled hospitality at every touch point. From the 24/7 attended lobby to the extensive list of white-glove hospitality services, Coterie anticipates the needs of residents, so they can devote their time to the things that matter most to them. 

Amenities Built to Inspire 

Coterie is designed exclusively to meet the discerning tastes of its residents, which is made most evident in its fine amenities. From its robust fitness centers and swoon-worthy cinemas to its stylish dining venues and lounge areas, Coterie’s spaces inspire residents to pursue wellness, explore curiosities, and connect with friends. 

Find Your Kind of Refined 

However you define luxury, you will most assuredly find it at one of a growing number of high-end senior living communities opening around the country. Consider the qualities of life you cherish most — then seek out an upscale residence that meets, or perhaps even exceeds, your expectations. 


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