Luna Azul, a new gated single-family home community, offering a new approach to independent living for adults with disabilities, recently celebrated its grand opening and the move-in of the community’s first residents.
The 4.5-acre development located in North Phoenix also launched its Community Association, which provides heightened attention through 24/7 on-site monitoring by a team of Community Coordinators who also organize a full calendar of social activities for residents and their guests.
The 30-home “pocket neighborhood” was designed to address and accommodate the needs of adults with intellectual, developmental and acquired disabilities, allowing them to live independently (or with a family member or caregiver).
Luna Azul’s approach, as the first in the nation to implement this model, offers the option of independent living for adults with disabilities through home ownership and a Community Association with a full-time team of on-site Community Coordinators. Coordinators help ensure the overall safety and well-being of residents, monitor the community, assist with home maintenance issues, and plan social and recreational activities for regular engagement among residents.
“We created Luna Azul because we wanted something different for our daughter, who has a rare disability,” said Mark Roth, founder and developer of Luna Azul. “Our goal was to build a place for her to live safely and permanently and have a socially fulfilling life with lasting friendships. With residents now living there, we’re seeing the Luna Azul concept work, even to the point where some residents are flourishing beyond their parents’ expectations and their need for in-home care is less than was originally planned, confirming all my expectations of how impactful friendship and inclusiveness is on our lives.”
Luna Azul’s first phase of 14 cottage-style homes are available and on-track to sell-out by year-end. Construction of the second phase of 16 new homes is expected to begin in early 2020, with completion of the full development slated for fall 2020.
[Did you know: Luna Azul, which is located just south of Loop 101 and 16th Street at 1500 E. Wahalla Lane in Phoenix, is the nation’s first community of its kind, offering adults with disabilities and their families the financial benefit of home ownership.]