It seems like just yesterday when we broke ground and our construction team was working through blizzards and snow drifts to build and renovate our new apartments – now the temperatures are soaring and we’re getting closer to moving inside and out of the sun. We have windows installed on the East Wing and the roofing will be completed soon. Our stone masons are finishing the elevator shaft for the South Wing this week. We are also nearing completion of the stone wall construction around our courtyard and gazebo area so that it will be ready for The Gazebo Grille, our new café and pub, when it opens next month! As always, here’s a slideshow with some recent contstruction pictures.
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The Main Lodge Expansion is taking shape faster and faster, and the crews will soon be working on the interior apartments and hallways. Just this week, electric meters have been installed for the apartments of the fully-framed East Wing along with the wiring for our new elevator in the South Wing.The framing of this side is now underway. We have also begun designing our back garden for the fall and have ordered some beautiful Dr. James Parkinson tulips from the Maine Parkinson’s Society to complement the other Hope Gardens that can be found around the campus. We’ve also added the finishing touches to the new parking lot next to Hilltop Lodge, including a number of brand new trees and fresh mulch. A large, two bedroom, two bath corner apartment has come back on the market. Please contact Gloria Walker at 781-4460 if you are interested in more details! Take a peek at the slideshow below for the latest photos from our expansion project.
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OceanView recently celebrated the completion of the 41st home at the Whipple Farm expansion to the OceanView campus. The project consists of 40 cottage-style homes and two townhouses in an antique reproduction barn. The master-plan includes the preservation of five acres of open space as conservation land, maintaining the picturesque view of the historic, pre-Revolutionary War farmhouse on the property.
“With most of the neighborhood completed, we’ve found that the Whipple Farm residents are younger retirees, attracted by the spacious floor plans and maintenance-free lifestyle,” Said Gloria Walker, Sales and Marketing Manager. “It allows them to forego an interim move to a condo and enjoy the benefits of a close-knit, full-service community just minutes from Portland. They have time to enjoy the things they love and don’t have to make a future move if their needs change.”
The cottage-style homes at Whipple Farm are designed with traditional Cape Cod architecture. The Whipple Farm barn has been rebuilt and includes two townhouse style homes as well as common area space for a wood working shop, locker rooms, coffee cafe and indoor pool access. The three-season pool is approximately 20′ X 60′ in length and is the site of a very popular water aerobics class that runs from May through October. The 1756 farmhouse has been preserved and is available as a community meeting space and for resident programs. Falmouth Historical Society uses the upstairs for office space.
“The community atmosphere was a big selling point for me,” said Judy Gass, a Massachusetts native and early buyer at Whipple Farm. “I sold my Cape Cod residence to be closer to my family and Portland. I lived in Portland a long time ago and it really has become a destination city,” said Gass, whose daughter lives in southern Maine.
Included in the Whipple Farm project is the development of a loop walkway that connects to local schools via the Esther O’Brien trails, and is designed to enhance walking opportunities for OceanView residents and neighbors.
For more information about the final site or for any Whipple Farm resale cottages at OceanView, contact Gloria Walker at (207) 781-4460.
What do you do with a handful of beautiful trees when you need the space for construction but would hate to cut them down? Send them to summer camp, of course!
For John Wasileski, OceanView’s owner and developer, it was easy. Because of John’s love for marrying community planning and environmental conservation, he wanted to make sure that as we cleared space for our Expansion, we were able to save some of the beautiful trees and gardens planted in that area. By working with Lappin Landscaping, we have dug up many of the trees and their roots and transferred them to a nursery for safe keeping and care. They will then be replanted as part of our landscaping plan for the Expansion this fall. Even the bulbs from our backyard garden have been scooped up and taken home by OceanView friend Gail Jones, to be replanted when the garden is ready.
We also recently brought in a crane to move our Gazebo! The Gazebo is a resident favorite at the Main Lodge – it’s a great spot to sit in the summertime with a good book or to watch outside when the snow is piling up around it in the winter.
Take a look below to see how things are shaping up this spring as part of our Main Lodge Expansion:
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FALMOUTH, ME –
OceanView is pleased to announce that they have selected locally owned and operated Landry French Construction Co. as the general contractor for the Main Lodge Expansion Project. Landry French Construction is a newly-formed partnership between Kevin French and Denis Landry, both veteran contractors with over fifty years combined experience in the area. Their expertise, combined with a drive to deliver superior customer service, respect for their clients and exceptional quality in their work align well with OceanView’s own plans for the Expansion.
Sales and Marketing Manager, Gloria Walker explained, “These large, luxury apartments will be similar in size, style and services to our existing Hilltop Lodge apartments which have been in high demand. The new Main Lodge Expansion apartments will be added to the ends of the southern and eastern wings of the Main Lodge, giving many of them beautiful views of Casco Bay and Portland. They will also have balconies or patios, gas fireplaces and central air conditioning and an optional meal plan. As always with new construction at OceanView, the opportunity for future residents to customize the layout and decor of their new home is available.”
In addition to new apartments, John Wasileski is also utilizing the construction to enhance the overall community by renovating and enlarging the existing library to more than double its current size. “We will also be adding a cafe and pub for the enjoyment of all of our residents here at OceanView,” said Mr. Wasileski. “Whenever we expand the number of homes within our community, we always look at ways to improve the campus as a whole for the entire resident population. This not only keeps our residents happy by continuing to update our services and amenities, but keeps our community competitive and on the cutting edge as well.”
With over 85% of the apartments pre-sold, the Main Lodge Expansion is now being pre-marketed with a 5% pre-construction discount available. The project is slated to begin in the first weeks of 2011 with apartments completed in the fall of 2011. Please contact us at OceanView via email, phone or mail for further information and prices.
Learn more about the French/Landry partnership
OceanView News – December 20, 2010
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FALMOUTH, ME – When residents at OceanView at Falmouth Retirement Community discovered that one of their helpful maintenance techs, Jeff Thomas, had a son, Mike, who was currently serving in Afghanistan, they launched into action without thinking twice. Collaborating with management at OceanView, who agreed to cover the postage for whatever the residents could collect, Arlene Clifford, a long-time OceanView resident, contacted Mike and his Army Infantry unit directly to see how she could help.
“We put together a list of needed items, and then shared it with the community,” says Arlene. “By the time two weeks of collecting were up, we were stunned.”
The residents filled sixteen boxes with pencils and pens, snacks and food, tissues, disinfectant gel, magazines, puzzle books, letters and notecards for the soldiers so far from home, and much, much more. OceanView mailed the boxes on November 24th and Mike received them on December 3rd. In an email, Mike said they received enough pens and candy to keep all the little children in the town happy, and that each soldier found something in the boxes they personally NEEDED! In the same shipment was a small artificial tree sent by one of the soldier’s parents so they had a big old fashioned party!