Arrowhead Valley independent living in soft-opening mode

Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort is at 81st Avenue and West Beardsley Road. (Photo courtesy Resort Lifestyle Communities)

Peoria’s newest independent living facility for adults ages 55 and older is now open. Still in soft-opening stage, a grand-opening event is slated for September.

Located at 81st Avenue and West Beardsley Road, Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort features 128 rental apartments in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options. Floor plans range from 566 to 1,206 square feet.

Branded an all-inclusive community, Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort features one monthly price with no buy-in fee or long-term lease. Monthly rent includes utilities, on-site professional staff, live-in managers, a 24/7 emergency call system, appointment transportation, concierge services and valet parking.

Room service, weekly housekeeping, maintenance support and visitors’ suites are other features listed on the community’s website.

“We provide everything that the residents need for one monthly fee, and we go month to month, so there’s no long-term lease,” said Kelly Jo Hinrichs, vice president of marketing, Resort Lifestyle Communities.

“Once they rent their apartment, obviously they’re in it until they choose to make a move or a transition because they need some additional support medically.”

Other all-inclusive amenities include a happy hour lounge, dining room, daily health and wellness programs, social invitations and activities, and a travel program.

Especially notable is the 24-hour chef’s pantry, as well as the Freedom Dining program, which includes full service, casual buffet, on-the-go snacks and room service. There is even a “reasonably priced” Sunday brunch, where residents are encouraged to bring friends and family, Hinrichs said.

“(All inclusive) means three meals a day with flexible dining time, and then snacks and availability of food between meal times,” she explained.

The community has an executive chef, sous chef, and culinary and dining team.

Throughout the day, there are three scheduled meals. Beyond, guests can stop by the chef’s pantry at any time, or visit the sandwich-and-pizza station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Everything is made from scratch daily for three scheduled meal times. But they’re kind of a wide meal time, and you can come and go during that scheduled meals time,” Hinrichs said.

Central to the community is a corridor known as Main Street, which includes a bank, business center, pharmacy, fitness center, game room, 150-seat theater, gift shop and salon.

The community also boasts a library, community center and even billiards. Some amenities are fee-based, like the pharmacy, gift shop, salon and bank.

Inside the units, residents will find full kitchens, custom cabinets, designer countertops, spacious walk-in closets, washer and dryer hookups, individual climate controls, ceiling fans, cable TV and Wi-Fi. There are no pet fees.

And as there are a variety of floor plans, pricing varies.

“We’re a luxury resort, but it’s affordable,” Hinrichs said.

“Because we’re a family-owned business, we’re unique in that we — Resort Lifestyle Communities and Cameron General Contractors — build, own and operate our retirement communities across the country.”

Tying Peoria to those other locations is the RLC Travel Program, which allows residents to stay for free in guest suites at sister communities.

For more information about Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort, visit or call 480-482-3000.