Walton County seniors will soon have another residential option with the upcoming addition of a Watercrest Senior Living Facility.
The facility, which will be located off West Hewett Road near the east end of County Road 30A, is the product of a joint venture between the The St. Joe Company — which owns the land — and Watercrest Senior Living Group.
Dan Velazquez, vice president of asset management for The St. Joe Company, said many companies have been approaching them to purchase land for an assisted living facilities, but that the amenities offered by Watercrest were "unparalleled."
"It really offers a lifestyle to the residents that's quite unique and very different than what (people) think when they think of a nursing home," Velazquez said.
The Watercrest facility will include, 107 units, divided between 75 assisted living rooms and 32 memory care units. Features will include meal plans, a pool, enclosed outdoor courtyards and additional amenities like spas, hair and nail salons and therapy rooms.
Velazquez said that work is being done to get the site ready for construction, but that the companies are still finalizing permits with the county. He expects construction to begin in late spring of 2019, with the facility ready to welcome residents by the end of 2020.
"A lot of the times, you see seniors and obviously baby boomers, who are retiring in record numbers right now, look to facilities like this cause of the programming that they offer," Velazquez said. "A lot of the folks that move into these facilities, move into them as a lifestyle choice, more than as a need driven by some type of medical condition."
Velazquez said that while there were other senior living facilities in the area, apart from nursing homes, the Watercrest senior living facility would bring a unique sense of luxury to its future resident's experience.
"We chose this partner because we felt like within the assisted living segment, we felt like they were really world-class operators and had really nailed down an exceptional program of facilities, amenities and level of care, and that's what we thought was the most compatible with obviously South Walton and the west end of 30A," he said.