California Armenian Home expansion project set to open in January
The expansion project at the California Armenian Home in southeast Fresno has been taking shape for the past 22 months. Monday Fox26 News got a sneak peak of the 42-million dollar project set to open January 3rd.
The Vineyards at the California Armenian Home is currently the largest privately funded project of its kind in the Central Valley. There are all kinds of whistles and bells inside this retirement community. The Santa Barbara style architecture catches your eye as you hit the front door.
Decorative stone accents the entry ways. Just past the lobby you will find custom designed flood medallions that include the Armenian alphabet. The hallways are wide and well lit. Instead of retirement it reminds you of a five star hotel.
George Juarez is the executive director of California Armenian Home. "Our independent living here basically is you are on your own. You're still under one roof. "
There are 60 independent living apartments and fifty assisted living apartments in the main complex. The 42-million dollar project also includes a dozen resort style independent living villas and 36 memory care apartments. "We're not here to force people to meet but it's an area, an opportunity for people to meet new people and enjoy their experience."
The kitchen is enormous. The amenities are numerous including a beauty salon, a gym, wi-fi and a theater that will feature comfy chairs just like at the movies. "As you see behind me there is a wine bar. We have an hors d'oeuvres area. We have outdoor dining and indoor dining."
Juarez is a 43 year employee of the California Armenian Home who's first job was dishwasher. "There's nothing more incredible than this facility."
The Vineyards opens January 3rd. It caters to seniors over 60. Prices range from $2,000 to $4500. More information about the California Armenian Home and The Vineyards can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org