Retirees and adults over 55 will soon find a brand-new array of housing options in La Grande. GCT Land Management began construction on Elevation Pointe, a new community of 21 condominiums and eight single-family homes overlooking the Grande Ronde Valley, earlier this summer.
Gust Tsiatsos, who owns the company and serves as general contractor on the project, said the active adult community fills a residential housing gap in the region.
“There is noticeable lack of desirable, reasonably priced and upscale housing options for retirees and other active adults 55 and older in La Grande,” Tsiatsos said. “This type of community, with its location, views and level of design speak to that need.”
Work on the site has already begun, with utilities in place, initial grading of the residence home sites and clubhouse completed, and roads and sidewalk being poured this month. Construction on the first single-family homes and condominiums is slated to begin in October.
Tsiatsos and his team spoke with older adults in the community, who expressed a desire to downsize without leaving La Grande. At the same time, he said, families are looking for ways that grandparents can move closer, and are unable to find appropriate housing options.
The gated community offers a safe and low-maintenance lifestyle. Snow removal and front yard landscaping will be handled by the homeowners’ association. A clubhouse with north-facing views of Mt. Emily will feature a gourmet kitchen, multi-purpose room with communal table for meals, sitting area with fireplace and TV, outdoor entertaining deck with BBQ, as well as an exercise room. Outside amenities include a pickleball court, a “town square” with green space and community garden, adding to an engaged sense of community.
All eight brand-new homes feature step-free access with single-story living options, as well as split level floorplans that offer additional privacy. Open floorplans will range from approximately 1,894 square feet to almost 2,180 square feet. The homes feature 2-3 bedrooms, 2-2.5 bathrooms, and 2-3 car garages, with prices starting in the low $300,000s.
High-quality construction also translates to the condominium units, which are laid out in intimate clusters at the top of the gently sloping property offering stunning views. These residences will be approximately 1,331 square feet with private, gated backyards with patios, as well as partially enclosed carports. Multiple two-story floorplans are available, with options to include the master bedroom on the first or second floor. Prices for purchasing the condominiums are starting below $200,000, with leasing also available.
Tsiatsos said the community’s peaceful, secure lifestyle is a perfect fit for active adults looking to spend less time maintaining a home and more time enjoying hobbies and loved ones.
“The pace and quality of life in La Grande is ideal for older adults, with less traffic, the beauty of four seasons, access to outdoor activities, as well as the sense of community of a smaller town,” Tsiatsos said.
In addition, Tsiatsos said the development benefits Union County’s economy by providing appropriate housing for a growing demographic, while bringing new residents to La Grande.
“Elevation Pointe will take pressure off the housing market at a certain price point, and offer an attractive housing option appealing to seniors’ lifestyles and tastes,” Tsiatsos said. “While providing housing that suits older adults and their lifestyle, this new residential project will give them an opportunity to stay in La Grande, as well as attracting others with ties to the area.”