What was once a 1950s bungalow style resort in north Palm Springs, in its last reincarnation called the Desert Moon, has become Stonewall Gardens in Palm Springs – the first assisted-living village for gay seniors in Southern California.
Construction over the summer and early fall has unveiled a midcentury modern design, desert landscaping, water features and complete access from rooms to the communal dining area with executive chef prepared meals, outdoor patio setup, and there are even plans for a small stage for entertainment activities.
Photo by Jim Powers
Decorative vases line the open pathway through Stonewall Gardens.
Operated by Northstar Senior Living, the village offers one bedroom apartments, two shared apartments and 20 deluxe studios. Rooms offer open ceilings with exposed beams, large bathrooms,energy efficient windows, flat screen TVs, and parking.
A full-time licensed nurse amd 24-hour professional care staff wll be on the premises, according to Executive Director Dee Wieringa.
"Stonewall Gardens is not a retirement community," Wieringa says, "but rather a place where LGBT seniors and their friends can be cared for in a supportive environment that celebrates their lifestyles."
As of Nov. 5, the facility was not officially open pending city approval but is expected any day, according to officials. Entrance fees start at $3,000 and monthly fees begin at $3,850 based on level of care required for each resident.
Stonewall Gardens, 2150 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-832-5428, www.stonewallgardens.com