In the Pipeline: MorningStar Renovates California Community; Sonata Opens Resort-Style Community in Florida

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MorningStar renovates California community 

MorningStar Senior Living celebrated the grand reopening of MorningStar Senior Living of Pasadena.

The 144-unit community underwent a complete renovation to the four-story property after being acquired by the Denver, Colorado-based senior living provider in December 2020.


The design approach by Aneka Interiors was to create a warm and welcoming environment full of rich texture, a news release announcing the renovation said. The design team updated the community’s color palette and now features warm wood tones, natural stone counters and black metal finishes to mimic the ironwork found in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The first floor includes a bistro and the second floor features memory care units and the community offers a variety of entertainment options with a reimagined theater. Along with the theater is the art and garden room, with other spaces including salon, club room with terrace, music room, multiple libraries, enlarged dining room and fitness and therapy center.

An additional building next to the existing community will offer IL units that is set to open in 2025.


MorningStar Senior Living has a portfolio of over 40 properties under operation and development serving residents in the Midwest and Western U.S.

Spring Hills opens new luxury community in New Jersey

The Spring Hills Livingston in Livingston, New Jersey, is now open, as part of the company’s Opulence Collection luxury senior living portfolio.

The Spring Hills Livingston offers resort-style amenities, care and personalized services.

The Edison, New Jersey-based operator in February launched The Opulence Collection with the goal of giving residents the luxuries they may have grown accustomed to in their personal lives, as previously reported by Senior Housing News.

Sonata Senior Living opens Florida community

Sonata Senior Living recently marked the opening of its newest community, Sonata Lake Mary, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week.

The community, in Lake Mary, Florida, offers upscale, resort-style living and amenities with large apartments and appointed dining and social spaces, including a pool, golf simulator, dog park, pickleball court and more.

IL and AL residents have access to touchless technology components, advanced air filtration systems and a hearing loop system in the on-site theater. Florida-based WPC was the general contractor on the project.

Sonata has a portfolio of 12 communities under operation is based in Orlando, Florida. 

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