1st Gay retirement community opening in the next few weeks!

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    Aug 09, 2009 7:18 PM GMT

    The nation’s first resort-style, gay retirement community plans to open in Surprise in the late summer or early fall of 2009.

    Marigold Creek, a retirement community aimed toward gays, lesbians and their friends and family, has already reported keen interest from buyers, said Deborah Purvis of the Missouri-based real estate group, Out Properties.

    Purvis said the community will include 210 units, ranging from single-family homes, patio homes and condominiums.

    “The community will be set up with village-style streets so people can easily say hello to each other when they are walking around,” Purvis said.

    Within the community will be a dog park, walking trails, concert area and a clubhouse that will have a media room, bar, cabaret and swimming pool, Purvis said.

    “I came to the Valley and fell in love with Surprise,” she said. “It’s a new and emerging community with a commitment to diversity that I believed would be a great home for Marigold Creek.”

    Terri Crane, a resident of Surprise for three years, agrees with Purvis’ assessment of the area. Crane said she is all for the gay community to be able to have a place to call home.

    “My sister is gay and to be honest, I think that the gay community is friendlier and easier to talk to than most other people,” Crane said.

    While Crane welcomes the gay and lesbian community to the area, some people shrug off the idea.

    “I don’t think it’s a bad or good thing,” said Bill Bleavins, an 80-year-old resident of nearby Sun City for 12 years. “I’m really indifferent about them.”

    In February, Purvis had real estate agents from the Valley join her for a party to spread the word about Marigold Creek. She also launched a Web site that she said receives 400 to 500 page views a day. And she sent out approximately 550,000 e-mails to the gay community advertising the development.

    “The unexpected attention from the media has also marketed our community to even more people,” Purvis said.

    John Morant, a resident of Surprise for nine months, said Marigold Creek chose to build in Surprise because of the more accepting, laid-back community.

    “They don’t bother me and I don’t bother them,” Morant said.

    Morant said there may be a negative reaction from the retirement communities that also call Surprise home, but he believe it will all settle down once Marigold Creek is finished.

    “The gay community have their own rights,” Morant said. “They can do whatever they want to do.”

    As so many times before, We want to be around those like us but I wonder if it's more of Inclusion of people alike or seclusion to get away frm those that make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Is this something that would intrest you in your twilight yrs? Does this promote tolerance as yet another group of individuals create a separate community to feel at ease and have peace of mind?
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    Aug 09, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great idea for guys who would enjoy that.

    But my gawd......can you imagine the ruckus when someone proposes a change to the landscaping or some other aesthetic improvement to the property?
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    Aug 09, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    It would be interesting if the community would be open for gay couples with children.

    I mean.......usually when you get older you want more peace and quiet. But seems like all of a sudden, OLDER gay couples adopting kids. I guess they got bored with dogs and cats.
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    Aug 09, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    Fish is only served on Sunday's as the blue light special at the country club in the resort community so I'm sure you'll find it very appealing! but the grand kids might nerve you some
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    Aug 09, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
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    Hillie said
    The nation’s first resort-style, gay retirement community plans to open in Surprise in the late summer or early fall of 2009.


    Ever heard of Florida?icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:06 AM GMT

    Is that where all the "gays" are? and here I thought the final destination was San Diego
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    Aug 10, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    A gay community with the name "Marigold Creek?"


    Well that will never fly.

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    Aug 10, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    Here in California, the gays retire in Palm Springs. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    They should have called it Shady Pines in memory of Sophia Petrillo.

    I like my solitude, and will live on my own where there is no threat of my Cher poster being stolen.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    AND I THOUGHT PALM SPRINGS WAS ALREADY THE FIRST GAY
    OLD FOLKS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.....icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    There's gonna be a lot of hot young male nurses at this place!
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    Aug 10, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    Is there an accompanying Bravo TV reality show???
  • Delivis

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    Aug 10, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    Sounds aweful to me.

    Why not work instead on having retirement homes be accepting of all sexualities rather than segregating themseleves?
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    Aug 18, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Sounds like another place for rich people. Seriously - what's going to happen to those of us who are alone and live on very modest incomes? All these things are great for those gay people who have lots of money and no worries of losing their insurance, job, housing, etc. - none of them are in serious danger of feeling isolated in their current housing situation anyways - money can buy your way into or out of anything. It's those who are going to end up on Section 8 or some faith-based charity housing program where they will be forced to participate in religious services or say nothing about their sexual orientation in order to have a roof over their heads. That is a story that needs to be looked in to; certainly there will be more gay men in this situation than the affluent one.
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    Aug 18, 2009 8:15 PM GMT
    Uh, first resort-style gay retirement community? Sorry, someone beat you to it. Their Santa Fe facility has been around for a while:
    http://www.rainbowvisionprop.com/
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    Aug 18, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    26mileman saidThey should have called it Shady Pines in memory of Sophia Petrillo.

    I like my solitude, and will live on my own where there is no threat of my Cher poster being stolen.


    Or someone drawing a set of cock and balls on themicon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 18, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    Caver saidUh, first resort-style gay retirement community? Sorry, someone beat you to it. Their Santa Fe facility has been around for a while:
    http://www.rainbowvisionprop.com/

    If you have to go the Shady Pines route, Santa Fe is vastly better than some nameless California suburb. Mountain scenery, high desert climate, new age vibe, lively arts scene, gay-friendly community, and hot red and green chile in everything to keep you spry.
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