Retire in style in South Portland’s Mirabella, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood.  Mirabella is a high-rise retirement home that offers a clear view (on a clear day) of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.  Mirabella isn’t like your ordinary elderly home, as it offers basement storage for a retired CPA’s tools, where he teaches other residents how to make decorate wooden bowls and other things, among many other oddities.

Next to the shop is underground parking, where a lift system stacks four cars in the space of two.  The parking lot also contains a rack of colorful kayaks, making it quite possibly the first retirement center in the country to accommodate resident kayak parking.  A rack for golf bags lies along one wall.

The building also contains a library, with many homemade bookends, a gas fireplace, comfy chairs, and 6,500 tiles donated by residents.  Included with Mirabella residency comes bicycle parking, an art studio, an auditorium, an exercise gym, and a pool.  About 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 17 years, making Mirabella a lucrative place of residency.

Mirabella has 220 apartments in a 30-story building.  The building was designed by the Portland architectural firm Ankrom Moisan, who has won five design awards and is the world’s first LEED-Platinum certified Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).  It offers independent apartments, assisted living, a “memory care” Alzheimer’s wing, and a 44-bed skilled nursing unit.

Pacific Retirement Services Inc. owns Mirabella Portland, and the senior vice president is Paul Riepma.  Riepma says, “The Portland project attracts joiners and participators who want to be connected to the energy of a city and don’t want to live out in the boondocks where the only people they encounter are other seniors,” according to The Oregonian.

Mirabella Portland is also unique because of its green design features, dense urban setting, transportation link and affiliation with Oregon Health & Science University.  It was built on a reclaimed brownfield site; it uses solar power to heat water and sends storm water through a green roof.  The building also bioswales and reduces irrigation by using native plants in the landscaping.  It is part of the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area, and the Portland Street car runs past the front door.  It is also close to OHSU’s Center for Health and Healing.

The entry fee for Mirabella is a minimum of $260,000 and up to $700,000, depending on the size and style of the apartment.  This fee is 90% returnable to residents’ estates.  Residents pay a monthly fee of $3,500 to $4,200, plus $854 for a second person.  The fee covers complimentary short-stay nursing care and discounted long-term care, utilities, housekeeping, parking, security, and up to 30 meals per month per person.  Mirabella has four restaurants, and it will reach 95% occupancy by the end of January.  Three hundred prospective residents have paid $1,000 to get on the waiting list.

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