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Luxury senior community The Retreat opens in Payson, plans expansion

By Sarah Hunt - | Apr 9, 2023

Sarah Hunt, Daily Herald

The Retreat, a luxury Payson 55+ apartment community, is opening their second phase of housing at the end of this month. The exterior is shown on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Among senior and retirement communities, The Retreat in Payson hopes to set themselves apart with luxury offerings. Exclusively for residents 55 or older, phase one opened in April 2021 and phase two is set to open later this month. The neighborhood now has approximately 60 residents and is growing every day.

“We are excited to open phase two of The Retreat at South Haven Farms, a one-of-a-kind senior apartment community in Payson, which is a quieter place for a unique living experience,” said Jeff Southard, President of South Haven Development. 

With more apartments in one, two, and three bedroom plans opening soon, amenities will double, meaning two movie theater rooms, fitness centers, game and craft rooms, family gathering rooms, rentable storage units on each floor of the building and more. 

The community is pet friendly and will soon have a dog park, clubhouse and pool. The new outdoor amenities are expected to be finished in July, complete with a pool party to celebrate its opening. The Retreat also works to keep residents connected to the community as a whole.   

“We coordinate for vendors to visit and provide services to our residents, including local pet groomers as well as coffee and food trucks to visit weekly and provide special discounts to our residents,” regional manager Malori Garner said.

Sarah Hunt, Daily Herald

The mountain view from an apartment inside The Retreat in Payson is shown on Thursday, April 6, 2023. At left is the construction of the clubhouse and pool area, which will be completed in July.

Safety and access is made easy for residents with elevators in every building, walk-in showers, coded entrances to the building, and fast assistance from office members. 

Judy Daniel first moved in when phase one opened and told the Daily Herald she’s had a wonderful overall experience so far, especially with her neighbors. She says residents make sure to look out for each other daily, and always participate in the community’s bi-weekly activities together.

“We have a really great community of incredible, very kind people. It doesn’t get much better than having friendly neighbors!” Daniel said. “Residents say all the time that in the previous places they’ve lived in for many years, they never even knew who their neighbors were, and here, everyone knows each other.”

A kitchen with a granite counter top sits inside a Retreat apartment in Payson in this undated photo.


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