Mayor Cathy Carlat

Mayor Cathy Carlat, Arrowhead Valley live-in managers Lisa and Ursini, and Peoria Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scot Andrews cut the ribbon at Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort.

Upon opening in the Northwest Valley, Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort’s team took a regional approach to partnership.

As such, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and Ironwood District Councilman Bill Patena, representatives for Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and the Arizona Department of Housing, and the Peoria and Glendale chambers of commerce teams, among others, showed their support for the 55-and-older, independent living community September 12.

Located at 81st Avenue and West Beardsley Road, the Resort Lifestyle Community, according to Peoria Chamber President and CEO Scot Andrews, is the product of a $30 million project, one which created 40 to 50 jobs — and a place for the aging West Valley population to call home.

“The one thing that we’ve learned as we’ve opened our 30th community — our 29th was the second in the Valley area, so we are honored to be a part of this amazing community — is that the chamber quickly becomes our guidance, our friends, and the warm welcome we’ve received from the very beginning of just a few of us becoming members has been an amazing journey of warmth,” said Kelly Jo Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Resort Lifestyle Communities.

“We’re humbled by the welcome that we received from each and every one of you as we brought senior retirement living to a group of amazing people that have quickly become our family.”

Carol Ditmore, director of the Arizona Department of Housing, speaking on behalf of Gov. Doug Ducey and the state as a whole, noted the governor’s attendance at a national meeting in which he and others spoke about the aging population. Ditmore said that discussion emphasized how seniors need housing and services.

“I think they have encompassed all of that right here in this one location,” she added of Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort.

Because it is an all-inclusive community, Arrowhead Valley charges one monthly price and has no buy-in fees or long-term leases.

Residents are provided utilities, access to on-site professional staff and live-in managers, a medical alert system, scheduled transportation to and from appointments, weekly housekeeping services, maintenance support, concierge services and valet parking. There are no pet fees, either.

Upon walking into the community, residents are greeted by what is billed as Arrowhead Valley’s Main Street, central to which is an atrium viewable from three stories.

The indoor strip features amenities including a salon; a general store with pharmaceuticals; a fitness room; a communication center/mail room; a resource center; banking from Desert Financial Credit Union; an arcade, equipped with air hockey and Ms. Pac Man; and a 150-seat movie theater.

Behind this area is a dining room plus a full kitchen with professional chefs and food staff. Arrowhead Valley also has a happy-hour area.

Various other gathering spaces such as conversation and conference rooms and seating are available throughout the community, too. There is even a library and a billiards room.

With plenty of space for meetups throughout, community involvement is key to the Arrowhead Valley team. Besides showing movies like “The Seventh Stream” and “Jumper,” the theater is also available for free booking to local groups.

“As our residents moved in, they moved in because they want to continue to be an influence in the business community and leadership,” Hinrichs said. “Making our theater available to each of you for your groups and organizations to participate in at no charge is just reinforcing that the only payment is that you may have a few residents sit in and learn about what’s happening, and it’s a beautiful thing to continue to have our seniors engaged in the community at large.”

As such, the community hosts plenty of activities, such as daily health and wellness programs, social invitations and activities, and shopping and outings.

For food, residents at Arrowhead Valley get “Freedom Dining.” This program provides flexible dining hours, allowing residents to eat as often or as little as they’d like. Meals range from full service to a casual buffet or even room service. There is also a 24-hour chef’s pantry for on-the-go snacks, and a sandwich-and-pizza station is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can bring their friends and family to a Sunday brunch, too.

Though the community is all-inclusive, some amenities are fee-based, like the general store, salon and bank. Desert Financial Credit Union is only open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Hinrich previously said the Sunday brunch is “reasonably priced.”

Gathering rooms aside, the independent living facility’s personal spaces are important, too. The community boasts 128 rental apartments in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options. Floor plans range from 566 to 1,206 square feet. As there are a variety of floor plans, pricing varies.

Entering the units yields full kitchens, custom cabinets, designer countertops, walk-in closets, washer and dryer hookups, individual climate controls and ceiling fans. Residents are provided cable TV and Wi-Fi access. 

As a Resort Lifestyle Community, Arrowhead Valley partakes in the RLC Travel Program, which allows residents to stay for free in guest suites at sister communities. The community has visitors’ rooms.

“The city of Peoria is moving forward to create a complete city, and that is the kind of city where we want all of our residents to experience the finest quality of life that they can possibly experience,” Carlat said.

Moments later she added, “I believe that Peoria residents should have as much choices as they possibly can. That’s what I mean by a complete city. They should be able to live in whatever environment they want, whatever they want to be able to call home, and this is something that we have not been able to experience before.”

For more information about Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort, visit arrowheadvalleyretirement.com or call 480-407-6049.