PaliBu Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Ciela on October 3 in the Palisades Highlands. About a hundred members and guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers in the upstairs patio overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains.
Ciela, which is described as a modern, resort-style retirement community, offers independent living, assisted living and memory care. The facility located at 17310 West Vereda de la Montura click here is set to open for occupancy later this month.
Afterwards, there were tours of rooms. When walking down the hallways, one person said, “It looks just like an ocean liner.”
This CTN editor also looked at the site of the hydro pool, exercise room, and the area where the infrared light sauna will be located. This area is still under construction, but when completed will be state of the art.
The ground floor of the Highlands 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.
Initially, there were plans to open at the beginning of October, but Ciela is waiting for its certificate of occupancy. CTN was told at the ribbon cutting that one L.A. City inspector had okayed a specific area, then a second inspector decided a change needed to be made.
Once the certificate of occupancy is approved, the state, which licenses senior living sites, can do an inspection and provide the licensing.
At the ribbon cutting, employees said they felt that everything would be approved by the end of the month.
There are still some rooms available.
A membership fee is required. 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.
If you need assisted care in addition to monthly rent, Level 1 is an additional $800 a month, Level 2 is $1,350 and level 3 is $1,950.
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.
People can bring their own furniture, or furniture can be supplied. The facility is pet friendly.
Every room has a “handicapped shower,” safes, washers/dryers, microwaves and refrigerators.
To learn more about the Chamber of Commerce, click here.