Aging. Wondering what do I do and where will my life lead me? It’s happening to all of us. One of the biggest questions is “When the time comes, where do I find a community that is welcoming to me as an aging, retired gay man, without the fear of having to hide back in the closet?” Loren Ostrow, the founder and developer of Out Palm Springs shares how he and his organization is changing retirement living for the LGBTQ community. This insightful conversation might surprise you of the things you aren’t thinking about as you march towards those golden years.
The driving force behind Living Out, Loren Ostrow has an extensive background in large project development and management. As president of Silver Slipper Gaming, LLC., Bossier Casino Venture, Inc., and a principal in KOAR International, LLC. Mr. Ostrow and his companies have successfully acquired, developed, and managed properties that include casinos, hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, condominiums, and other major commercial real estate endeavors. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Living Out, Palm Springs. Loren holds a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester (graduating Magna Cum Laude), an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. Loren is also a well-known member of the LGBTQ community, both as an active participant in LGBTQ causes and as a generous philanthropist. Loren has served on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and Congregation Kol Ami. He continues his 20+ – year tenure on the Los Angeles LGBT Center Board of Directors and continues to be a significant financial benefactor for issues important to the LGBTQ community. Loren and his business partner, Paul Alanis, have been in partnership for more than 40 years. Loren and his husband of 30 years, Brian Newkirk, reside in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Provincetown.
About Living Out Palm Springs
Living Out Palm Springs will be an upscale resort apartment community built on nine acres in central Palm Springs, California. It will comprise 122 luxury apartments, in four unit configurations ranging from a 1 bed, 1 ½ bath + den, to a 2 bed, 2 ½ bath + den. Units will range from approximately 1,100 sq. ft to 1,700 sq. ft. with every unit containing a large usable balcony or patio. The architecture of the community will reference the iconic Mid-Century Modern style for which Palm Springs is famous. The project will feature dramatic landscaping, desert mountain views, an upscale, full-service restaurant and bar operated by nationally-known chefs and restaurateurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, movie theater with reclining seats, game room, card room, state of the art fitness center, arts and crafts studio, massage rooms, a hair salon including manicure and pedicure facilities, and an innovative community lounge that will include a coffee bar, prepared food options and work space.
The exterior of the property will include covered surface parking for all residents as well as guest and retail parking, an event lawn, BBQ and entertainment areas, a resort-style swimming pool, three separate jacuzzi spa areas, bocce ball courts, a putting green, orchards, rose gardens and walking paths. One of the unique features of the project will be a large pet park, with areas for large and small dogs adjacent to a full-service pet facility, including a retail store, grooming facilities, pet daycare and overnight boarding.
Living Out Palm Springs will provide onsite and virtual concierge services to meet the needs of all its residents. Additionally, to provide choices for Living Out residents who are interested in aging-in-place options, Living Out Palm Springs will work with local LGBTQ+ organizations to recommend in-home care companies with LGBTQ+ cultural competency. Living Out Palm Springs will be the flagship property for Ostrow’s plan to develop Living Out communities around the nation.
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