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Inspired Coastal Living for Seniors


WHA arranged for a construction tour of Crestavilla on the evening of February 1st for the Orange County Chapter of the AIA members.

Crestavilla is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly located in Laguna Niguel, California. With 201 residential units and multiple indoor-outdoor spaces designed to stimulate the senses, Crestavilla offers “Inspired Coastal Living for Seniors.”



Design, site selection, and building orientation integrate environmental and health principles. Sustainability, accessibility, and resident safety are intricately woven into an aesthetic presentation: tall windows harvest natural daylight, long exterior arcades and enclosed courtyards enhance the mind-body connection, and exceptional indoor air quality promotes physical and psychological well being of the residents.

An array of diverse amenities including a commercial kitchen, bakery, bistro, two restaurant-style dining rooms, theater, gathering room, classrooms and indoor-outdoor fitness centers elevate the residents’ everyday experience. As an “activated roof plane”, the partially shaded roof deck hosts a catering kitchen, outdoor dining, lounge, pub, and an art studio including a kiln for pottery. A sunroom for gathering under natural light, a raised organic hydroponic community garden, a greenhouse, and a putting green provide additional community opportunities.



The arts encourage creativity to feel younger through passions and interests. Multiple spaces are provided to pursue a variety of arts throughout Crestavilla on the first floor, and on the roof deck to help residents stay engaged. Studies show that walking is the best low impact exercise, only next to swimming, for seniors. Multiple walking surfaces and areas, including a 1/3rd mile walk around the property, and a swimming pool and spa will encourage physical activity.

Meditation increases mindfulness and brain function which slows the progression of dementia. Carefully designed elements like gazebos and benches within landscaped courtyards are provided to sit and reflect.


Crestavilla’s outdoor spaces are based on the “wellness atmosphere” principles designed to stimulate the five senses – memory care courtyard roses for smell, porte-cochere fountain for sound, tranquil blue waters of the pool and spa for touch, and panoramic views of the sunrise over Saddleback Mountains for sight, and the dining experience, with a wide variety of culinary offerings, for taste.

Every detail in Crestavilla has been meticulously planned to make the independent, assisted living and memory care facility a safe and welcoming place that contributes towards positive mindfulness for seniors to live in dignity and good health.


WHA thanks all who attended and made this a successful event.

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About Meghana Joshi

With over 15 years of architecture experience, Meghana has worked on diverse multi-family projects such as affordable housing, senior housing, and rental apartments. Meghana also has extensive experience in commercial projects with specialization in retail franchise. Meghana also serves as an integral part of WHA’s blog team.
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