Ciela Pushes Back Opening to Late November

A new independent living center, Ciela, in the Highlands offers a breakfast nook, with beautiful views.

Ciela, a high-end elder care facility located at 17310 West Vereda de la Montura in the Palisades Highlands, has now pushed back its opening until the end of November.

Initially, the resort-style facility, which will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care, was supposed to open the beginning of October.

Then, at the Palibu Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on October 3, people were told the opening had been pushed back to the end of October.

CTN spoke to L.A. City Building and Safety on October 16 and learned that the City had issued a temporary certificate of occupancy to the building.

According to the California Department of Social Services website, the facility capacity is 100, the facility is considered residential care elderly and the status “to open” is pending.

CTN reached out for an update to Ciela General Manager Kevan Sidney on October 16, who responded by email.

“We actually have our provisional license, but the final license (which allows us to move in residents) requires a final certificate of occupancy,” Sidney said. “We are just waiting for some paperwork to be processed in order for the final C of O to be issued. We expect this to be resolved in the next couple of weeks and are targeting an opening date in late November.”

The inside of the ground floor of the building has spectacular views of Los Angeles Park and the Santa Monica Mountains. There is a small café, a bistro, that will be open to the public, daily, per the lawsuit that was brought before Ciela opened.

There is a membership fee, which was initially $25,000. With independent living, rents are paid monthly. A studio apartment starts at $8,395 a month,  a one-bedroom at $12,985, and a two bedroom is $18,845. Everything is month-to-month and if you want to add a second person to any of the rooms, it is an additional $1,500.

Included in the fee are three gourmet meals a day, housekeeping and laundry services, life alert monitoring, Wi-Fi and basic cable, transportation within a 10-mile radius, security and 24-hour emergency call response, 24-hour concierge service and a dynamic calendar of events click here.

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