The spacious lobby at the new Generations at Ahwatukee provides a warm welcome for visitors.
Melissa Lis/Special to AFN

Retirement complexes aren’t anything new, but Tim Hutchinson has a description for the latest one to open in Ahwatukee.

“I call it one on steroids,” Hutchison said about Generations of Ahwatukee at Chandler Boulevard and 50th Street.

The design and amenities are so unique that Hutchison, Generations regional director of sales, has received some comments from unexpected quarters.

“I had one 9-year-old say she wanted to live here. A teen with a full-ride scholarship to Norte Dame told me he could live here,” Hutchison laughed. “Our building really looks like a resort.”

The complex is so unusual that even residents who don’t have an aging relative to care for might be interested in checking it out.

That’s because it has a restaurant, called Tuk Urban Kafe, is open to the general public, service breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offering a full-service bar and reasonable prices.

It also offers a kind of bridge between Generations and its next-door neighbor, the Liv Ahwatukee apartments, both of which are owned by Investment Property Associates of Phoenix. IPA also operates a Generations complex in Agritopia, the vaunted farm-centric community in Gilbert, and is working on opening one in North Scottsdale.

Apartment dwellers can run over to Tuk and actually mingle with the senior residents of Generations. And those residents also can entertain visitors there if they would rather not take them to Generations’ dining room.

“The Tuk gives them a different place to go,” Hutchison said.

Generations include 137 units divided among two buildings.

The larger, highly stylized building includes 97 independent and assisted-living residences with one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den and two-bedroom floor plans.

A smaller building provides 40 studios and one-bedroom models for memory-care residents. That building is secured, preventing residents from wandering off.

Hutchison said one of Generations’ many amenities is that residents who eventually can no longer live independently and need an assisted living arrangement don’t have to move to a different wing.

“If they eventually need assistance, we bring the care to them,” he said.

The fact that rooms are unfurnished also has been a strong selling point because seniors who may want to downsize from houses can still bring their favorite La-Z-Boy or other furniture pieces with them.

The resort-style amenities include a fitness center, heated salt-water pool with whirlpool, movie theater, full-service salon, art studio massage room and a tea room.

A full-time activities director not only runs a gamut of on-site action such as bingo and line dancing, but also organizes frequent trips to shopping sites and casinos.

Additionally, round-the-clock nursing services are part of Generation’s package.

The complex operates in a highly competitive industry, but Hutchison sees demand increasing.

“No one’s getting younger,” he said. “It’s not just seniors who tour our facility. It’s their kids, too. They love Mom and Dad dearly but want them closer to Ahwatukee and are getting concerned about them living in a big old house that may be getting a little too much to care for."

When available, Generations of Ahwatukee also will offer respite care for people to stay temporarily for a two-week minimum and receive assisted-living or memory-care services.

IPA was founded as a full-service commercial real estate development company.

In addition to providing prime locations, premium finishes, unique design and resort-style amenities, IPA champions “creating community, encouraging wellness and enabling technology and sustainability,” according to the company’s website.

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