Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Placerville Eskaton Cottages open for business


THE COTTAGES at Eskaton were open to the public for tours and a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

An anthill of workers and activity bustled around the new cottages at the Placerville Eskaton Village on May 14, landscaping and finishing projects to be ready for the grand opening on Wednesday.

“The rain put us a little behind,” said Pamela Dallas, sales counselor for the Placerville Eskaton, “so not all of the cottages are completely finished, but we’re opening anyway.”

The 39 patio homes, in the center of the Eskaton Village on Blair’s Lane in Placerville, are the final phase of  Eskaton’s plan for senior living. There are already 48 independent one- and two-bedroom homes around the perimeter and a lodge with assisted living apartments and a memory care center, but the cottages are designed for those who want their own home and the services offered by Eskaton and don’t need the space or the upkeep of a large house.

With five floor plans for studio, one and two bedrooms, covered porches and garden area, a community room, a croquet lawn, putting green and a turfed pet area, there is something for almost anyone.

“The cottages are unique for this area,” said Dallas, “and we’ve been bombarded with phone calls because people are so enthusiastic. We have five reservations for cottages already, with one person moving in on June 1.”

Each cottage has its own exterior color, a  covered porch and a fenced area in front for a pet if they wish. The entrances to the homes are flush with the walkway that connects all parts of the  landscaped cottage area, making the entire area accessible for wheelchairs or for those with mobility issues.

“We can drive a golf cart right up to their door to take them to the pool or other areas at Eskaton,” said Dallas.

The Gold-approved liveable design of the cottages is one of Dallas’ and project supervisor Dan Dorkin’s favorite aspects of the new addition.

“There are no steps in the entire place, even the showers,” said Dorkin as he swiped paint on the trim outside the common room. “And the counters and cabinets are accessible for wheelchairs. The plugs have been raised; the switches lowered. There is a page of things that builders have to do, but we’ve added an additional 3 1/2 pages of conveniences that make this a platinum build.”

Dallas likes the easy to grip, but still attractive, hardware on cabinets, the pocket doors with easy to grasp handles and the heating/air conditioning units placed up toward the ceiling and operated by remote control.

“They are ductless, so good for allergy sufferers like me,” Dallas said.

Granite countertops, a stackable washer and dryer unit, built in flat screen television, storage cabinets and display spaces are features of each home. The studio homes have a built-in computer desk with swivel out keyboard space and the television pulls out from the wall and can be swiveled toward the bed or living area. One- and two-bedroom homes have walk-in closets with built-in dressers for more space conservation. All patio homes have huge, easy access showers with grab bars and built in shower benches. Kitchens have two burner stoves, microwaves and refrigerators.

The common room has a fireplace, a flat screen television and tables and chairs for gatherings. The many windows look out on the Sierra, the village common with the croquet lawn and a yet to be added rose garden, as well as the lodge and the hillside behind it. High ceilings and skylights add more light.

“This is a great place for Superbowl parties and gatherings. It brings the outside inside and it’s available to all residents,” said Dallas. “It provides an opportunity to interact with friends.”

The construction progress of the cottages has been fun for the Eskaton Village residents to watch, said Dallas. “One of our memory care residents is a former engineer and he keeps us aware of the progress. He keeps saying he wants to go over and help.”

The first three of six cottage buildings are completed.

“The others will follow, one building each week or two,” said Dallas. “We should have everything done by the beginning of August. It will be a fun, busy summer.”

The monthly rent of the patio homes includes all utilities, including cable and Internet, except for phone, weekly housekeeping including linen laundry and 45 meals a month at the Eskaton Lodge next door. Residents have use of the Village’s indoor heated pool, spa and fitness center and the life enrichment programs offered at Eskaton, as well as scheduled transportation service.

To find out more about the cottages or Eskaton Placerville Village, call 530 295-3400 or visit

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.




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