By Natasha Clark
(left to right) Beverly and Joe Proulx and Joe and Elaine White are the property managers of Bluebird Estates. To get an inside of peek of the new Bluebird Estates visit the slideshow below. |
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Assistant Managing Editor
EAST LONGMEADOW Bluebird Estates has carved out a unique niche as a new retirement community with a "family" state of mind.
The property is managed by two live-in couples, the Proulxs and the Whites; the three-story, 117,000 square foot complex seems like one big home, regardless of the 130 separate apartments.
Residents' monthly rent includes three meals a day served by a waitstaff in a restaurant-style dining room which will be prepared by award-winning chef Carole Teixeira. There is an activity room with Internet access, a barber and beauty salon, a chapel, a library, a game room and a fitness area.
"They have their own family and then they have their Bluebird Estates family," Bill Marley, rental manager, said. "They get a whole house."
By the end of April, 30 residents will have already moved into the facility. There are still many tenants who have yet to move in, but have deposits down to hold their units. Units were ready to be occupied starting March 1.
There are no buy-ins and no interest fees. Bluebird is strictly a rental facility that requires a 30-day rental agreement. Studio apartments start at $1,795; one bedroom units come in 14 styles and start at $2,550; and two bedroom apartments start at $3,295 and are available in six styles.
Bluebird employs about 15 to 20 persons including part-time workers and high school students. The property managers agreed that living at Bluebird Estates and being available around the clock is an advantage.
"It gives their families peace of mind," Beverly Proulx said. "We're here 24 hours, seven days a week.
"It is definitely not a nine to five," Elaine White joked.
Marley said having the couples onsite, again, "creates a family atmosphere. This is their house. They are renting more than their apartment."
The success of Bluebird had been sidelined in 2007 when, nearing its completion, it was burned to the ground. After an extensive investigation determined the fire was arson, Bluebird s parent company Holiday Retirement rebuilt the complex from scratch. Two years later Marley is glad to see the project finally come to fruition.
"I want to thank the town, the Fire Department and the residents. Everyone has been so supportive in our rebuilding. They've been nothing but welcoming," Marley said.
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