Spanning I -75 between the Moores Mill and West Paces-Northside Parkway exits, Corso Atlanta dominates the site like the rising phoenix. Nine acres of prime real estate is transforming our senior living tableau.
The graying of baby boomers is a steaming hot topic. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be over age 65. The Atlanta Regional Commission expects the “the share of residents age 75+ will triple by 2050, to over 1 million people.”
Corso stands out in two areas: luxury and flexibility.
Flexibility is major as people live longer and healthier. Corso’s “no-move care model” allows residents to continue living in their independent unit and have assisted living services brought to them. “Not only will we offer a sophisticated lifestyle, but adaptive care in a flexible leasing model, said Corso senior living consultant Kim Linder.
“Privacy and control are important for upholding dignity. People age differently, which can be especially challenging for couples. Our entire campus is licensed for assisted living, so residents who move into an independent home can add on assisted living services without having to move. There’s no assisted living building and independent living building. A couple with varying care needs can live together in one home. This ability to age gracefully together appeals to many Jewish couples. The flexible leasing model is a huge advantage, keeping residents in control over their financial and personal decisions.”
Some of the competitive Buckhead luxury facilities require a huge up-front investment plus a monthly fee. Not the case here.
Previous to years of experience as an executive in senior living communities, Linder was publisher and editor of several Jewish publications: the Jewish Exponent, the Jewish Times of South Florida, and The Jewish Woman. “Now, I combine my Jewish heritage and work experience to help launch Corso, [believed] Buckhead’s only luxury-leasing senior community. Corso’s location next to The William Breman Jewish Home is especially exciting. There should be future opportunities to collaborate with the larger Jewish community. It is my hope to bring diverse cultural events to Corso.”
As to style, with the large-scale luxury of nearly 500,000 square feet of space, Corso is comparable to designing a small-scale city. The campus is connected by courtyards with details such as rounded corners, coffered ceilings, elevated trim work, and top-line appliances such as Sub-Zero hidden refrigerators (in select units).
Director of Design Steven Markey flew to Paris to inspire his design. “Stepping into Corso is stepping into an experience incorporating the flow of Europe’s winding city streets,” he said. Markey is committed to recreating Parisian scenes without making it “Disney like.” He speaks of the authenticity of curving metal roofs, stylized dormers, an extravagant club building akin to a French civic building, cafés under awnings, vendor kiosks and fountains, in transitional classicism.
There are choices: City Homes (some with private entrances), independent living, assisted living, and memory care homes ranging from about $7,000 to $15,000 a month or more, depending on the level of care. Monthly rent includes full access to upscale amenities, hosted social events and outings, complimentary concierge services, wellness club, customizable meal plans at multiple dining venues, and housekeeping. Additional services include private dining in the teahouse, pet grooming, floral arrangement delivery from an on-site florist, dry-cleaning, catering, salon and spa services and vacations through an in-house travel club. Residents can schedule transportation/black car service to appointments and shopping.
Seniors highly value the dining experience. Then consider the dietary versions dovetailing with gourmet international dishes and five-star presentations. On Oct. 28, Corso announced that world-renown chef Philippe Haddad, owner of PGH Hospitality Group, would head the food service helm as curator and culinary consultant of Corso. His experience is vast. He has spent decades in kitchens from Beverly Hills to Antigua, Ritz Carltons to private country clubs, and most recently Cape Dutch on Cheshire Bridge Road. Two decades ago, he ran the eponymous Philippe’s in Buckhead’s Peachtree Hills. His Belgian charm will serve him well at Corso.
A model unit is under construction and Corso is currently holding “back porch” tours. COVID-19 has not slowed construction and the goal is to open in late spring 2021.
Kari Samuelson, COO of Galerie Living, Corso’s parent company, said, “Our unique concept appeals to a broader range of seniors from age 60 to 90. If you enjoy the arts, fine dining, traveling or hosting family and friends, why should any of that change after 65? Here, you can continue to enjoy the experiences you cherish even as care needs change.”
For more information on pre-leasing, contact 404-891-9190.