Best of CCRC Design 2016: Master Planning with Coastal Elegance

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall isn’t just for seniors. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC), located in Wilmington, North Carolina, is part of a larger, integrated master planned community and contributes to the intergenerational living in this area. The CCRC sits on 17 acres and is only about three miles from one of the nicest beaches around, Wrightsville Beach, according to Jerry Cooper, director of development and marketing for Liberty Senior Living, the owner/operator of the community. From its outside architecture to its interior airy features, the community stands out against its industry peers. “The core is elegantly coastal,” says Cooper. “It was very deliberate over the year-and-a-half to two years it was in the design phase that the community fit into Wilmington, but also have a very elegant and upscale look, as well, where people are comfortable living here.” The result is a 330,000-square-foot community that rests on 17 acres and meets the needs of the booming town of Wilmington, where more and more seniors are settling down. Taking the nearby Cape Fear Heritage style architecture to heart, the community was designed to feel like a home, not an institution, and sits within the larger master planned community of Autumn Hall.


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