Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 145: Park Place Senior Aparments

Along the same block of N Street between 12th & 13th with The Thayer Apartments are the Park Place Senior Apartments:

Park Place offers affordable senior housing apartments for income-qualified seniors 62 and over and disabled 50 and over in downtown Sacramento, directly across from Capitol Park, with its shady arboretum, rose garden and veterans’ memorials.

This independent living community offers one nutritious meal daily, a newly redecorated lobby, computer center, swimming pool, game room and library, in addition to laundry facilities and an active roster of activities. Each apartment is equipped with a refrigerator, and an emergency alert system for peace of mind.

This delightful retirement community is located just over a mile from one of the area’s best hospitals, where a plan is underway to develop the surrounding blocks into a beautifully landscaped village of medical offices, theaters and restaurants. The neighborhood also features eight churches of various denominations within walking distance. Surrounded by a leafy canopy of trees, Park Place captures the stately charm of Sacramento’s earlier days... along with the services and activities you expect, all at an affordable cost.

Park Place features: Affordable studio apartments, Balconies or patios, Walking paths across the street in Capitol Park, Emergency pull cords/safety bars in bathrooms, Small pets (additional deposit required), Utilities included (except cable and telephone), Dining Room (one meal served daily), Entertainment/Activities Room, Laundry facilities, Computer services/coaching, Walking distance to restaurants and shopping, Walking distance to churches, Friendly, dependable staff 24-hours a day.

This development used to be the El Mirador Drive-In Hotel, back in the 1960s:

I was a bit confused by the term "drive-in hotel" until I found this more detailed advertisement, which refers to the convenient underground parking, so I'm sure that was the reason for the original terminology:

From what I can tell when walking or biking by the development at the ground level, the pool is situated on the elevated terrace area between the two buildings.  And the Fluid Espresso Bar on the ground level at the corner of 13th & N Streets seems to be extremely popular with downtown workers, if the lines out the door in the morning are any indication.  I've never tried it, given the rather limited hours and options for coffee shops closer to the office, but I am rather tempted to check out their baked goods after reading the menu on their web site!


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