At the unveiling of The Gatesworth’s new West Wing residences: co-owner Charlie Deutsch, executive director Martha Kessel, co-owner David Smith and operations director Bob Leonard. photo by Margaret Rambo

The Gatesworth’s West Wing is beginning to welcome its very first residents, following Sunday’s grand opening festivities that unveiled the much-anticipated 120,000-square-foot expansion to One McKnight Place. As residents settle in, they’re discovering what it truly means to have the most personalized services and luxurious amenities at their disposal, says co-owner David Smith. “We’ve taken the same level of service that has positioned The Gatesworth as a national model for retirement living, and fostered that concept within an innovative setting,” he says. “Like a lot of the things we’re known for, this concept was driven over the years by requests and ideas from people on our waiting list, existing residents, and the marketplace.“

    More than half of the new West Wing apartments have been reserved, Smith reports. “Even in today’s challenging economic climate, the number of seniors seeking high-end amenities and services continues to grow,” he says. “They see the West Wing as an alternative to living in a first-class condo in Clayton, one that comes with the unparalleled services and amenities that The Gatesworth is known for. Some have even compared the West Wing to the top-tier of a cruise ship or an exclusive resort.” 

    Notable amenities include a separate entrance for West Wing residents and a 24-hour concierge to greet them at the door, Smith says. Central to the expansion is a spacious veranda overlooking a reflecting pond and complete with an outdoor fireplace, party pavilion and covered bar. Inside, elegant common areas abound as well, he says. “There’s a separate living room area, piano lounge, wine and cocktail bar, restaurant, and media lounge.” 

     West Wing units, which range in size from 1,500 to 3,200 square feet, come with full-service kitchens, laundry rooms with full-size washers and dryers, and expansive terraces overlooking lushly landscaped grounds. Added amenities include granite or Corian countertops, raised-panel cherry cabinets, wet bars and other custom appointments. 

    In addition to residing in the community’s most luxurious living spaces, West Wing residents will have access to the many other perks of living services at The Gatesworth, including a full-service salon and spa, Spa One. “There’s a beauty salon, separate barber shop, spa area with locker rooms, treatment and massage rooms, and private lounge area,” Smith explains. Spa One connects to the facility’s fully equipped fitness center, which offers a variety of programs, including tai chi and zumba dancersize.

    The Gatesworth’s acclaimed dining, whether it’s the popular Sunday brunch or a private reception, is also part of the package, Smith says. “Our award-winning executive chef, Brian Hardy, leads a fantastic team of young chefs who come up with some of the best fresh and made-from-scratch cuisine,” he notes, adding that menu items are merely a starting point. “Our residents know that if it’s in the kitchen, they can have it.” He says the same concept applies to the entire Gatesworth community: “The answer is always yes.”