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Senior housing site selection blog

May 14, 2009
by Jkraft
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Hello everyone in senior housing land, this is the first blog I have ever participated in and I hope to hear from many of my colleagues, competitors, future clients, zoning officials, lawyers, planners, investors, financiers, and everyone else involved in this senior housing field.

My background includes putting a couple of “little” companies on the map: four Del Webb active adult communities for Pulte Homes—now America’s largest home builder—in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. I’ve also helped some 30 closings to date for Sunrise Senior Living during their heyday, from Dallas to Boston to Boynton Beach and back to New Jersey and New York, as well as CCRC and other developments for several other senior housing clients. If I may say so, I know a little about senior housing site selection. In other words, from time to time, people actually listen to my advice!

I am actively involved in real estate brokerage and senior housing development. I am doing a low income assisted living facility in Miami Gardens, a high end CCRC in Boca Raton and West Orange, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, as well as doing other deals in various places … which makes me wonder, with all of this activity, how come my bank account is so low?


Click here to view one of my aerial maps of great sites for senior housing in Orlando.

This blog started when Tony Mullen of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) suggested that Long Term Living would be a good forum in which to write an article about why I, unlike anyone else in either the care business or the active adult/homebuilder business, thought that Orlando should become the next great concentration of seniors—you know, another Sun City, another Miami, another St. Pete, etc., for various reasons that I will go into with future postings. The Long Term Living people thought that a senior housing site selection blog would be a good forum and here we are.

As I am new to this thing, here is what I wrote about Orlando originally to the Long Term Living editors:

I want to write about why Orlando should become the next big active adult and older destination just like Phoenix, West Palm, Tampa, Miami, etc., and to say the least, I am not getting any traction from those in neither the active adult business (I founded Florida’s only NAHB Senior Housing Council chapter), nor the care business.

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