WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At Viamonte – a 200-unit community slated to break ground in 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Walnut Creek – you won't see the traditional trappings of senior housing and that includes the landscaping.
Gone are the stuffy roses and hedges, replaced instead with landscaping designed to reflect a warm, modern aesthetic, as well as the active lifestyle of Viamonte residents. The flora will range from Japanese persimmon trees and flowering jasmine to blue glow agave and sword ferns, while the amenities include a bocce court and meditation garden.
Viamonte's outdoor spaces were imagined with the desires of local seniors in mind. Before plans were drawn for the landscaping, Viamonte held a series of focus groups with potential residents to seek their input.
Many of the trees and plants at Viamonte will be native to the area, including the preservation of the century-old heritage oak trees currently on the property and the planting of a sapling from one of the original oak trees at Jack London's Sonoma property. The sapling will come from Beauty Ranch, which was the stomping grounds of the legendary author and is now a state park. The tree honors the area's rich cultural history and longstanding commitment to environmental preservation, and pays respect to the circle of life. The planting will be part of a yearlong celebration marking the 100-year anniversary of the writer's life.
The landscape will offer continuity for residents accustomed to having their own gardens. Orange trees and Japanese persimmon trees will be sprinkled throughout the grounds, and there will be raised beds for vegetable, herb and cut flower gardens.
Viamonte will have a mile-long walking path that winds along the neighboring Orchards, a center with shopping and dining, dog stations for making walking Fido easier and a meditation garden for residents to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors. Viamonte will also feature a bocce court and a pool with a moveable glass NanaWall, allowing the sun and warmth in spring and summer and keeping the elements out in the winter months.
Throughout the property, there will be gathering spots perfect for spending time with friends and family and enjoying meals and drinks, including a lounge area with a fire pit.
Contact: Marcus Young @ 415-505-2524
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