With more than a century of service in the Charleston area, South Carolinians know Franke at Seaside – a gorgeous retirement community set among sparkling lagoons surrounded by live oaks draped in Spanish moss. It seems like more of a resort than a retirement community.
However, with the stellar reputation the community has earned over the decades for providing active, worry-free living for retirees has come a belief that Franke at Seaside is unaffordable for some people. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially now. The independent living Oakside month-to-month rental apartments and common areas – formerly known as The Cove – on the campus are being renovated with much improved lighting, upgraded finishes and more storage, generally making them far more appealing and efficient.
“We’ve also combined some of the floor plans to make them larger and even added courtyard patios and French doors to the first-floor apartments,” said Marketing Director DeAnne Reed Vane.
The Oakside apartments are filling up as they are renovated, but, during this last phase while some are still available, those signing up will be able to choose their preferred location and a certain level of customization. This has created a very affordable opportunity to become part of a premier retirement community.
“People who didn’t think they could afford Franke will be surprised at how cost-effective this new residential option can be,” said Vane.
For example, even though the Oakside apartments have lower monthly fees, Oakside residents enjoy full access to the independent living Active Lifestyle Community and all other amenities and services.
“And so much is included in the monthly fee that people really need to compare apples to apples when evaluating cost,” said Vane.
The monthly fee covers:
- Most utilities;
- Digital cable television;
- A flexible meal plan offering superb dishes prepared by Franke’s award-winning culinary team.;
- A newly designed health and wellness center with heated pool, hot tub, a full class schedule and one-on-one training;
- Comprehensive life-enrichment programs, outings and events;
- Scheduled transportation;
- Around-the-clock security and first responder services;
- All interior, exterior and landscape maintenance as well as weekly housekeeping and linen change.
The campus amenities are what make retirement living so enjoyable at Franke at Seaside. The newly renovated Burges Community Center is the focal point of activity, where you can find dining venues, a bar and lounge, the wellness center, a library, classrooms and common spaces where you can enjoy time with friends or meet new people.
Outside, you can enjoy a croquet lawn, a boccie ball court, a putting green, a dog park or simply nature walking along the trails that wind between the lagoons and trees or to the nearby Shoppes at Seaside Farms.
Perhaps even more important is that all independent living residents, who range from 60 to 99 years old, have the peace of mind knowing they have priority access to a full continuum of care, whether they need assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support or rehabilitation.
“It’s a real weight off your shoulders knowing it’s there should you need it,” said Vane, “and in the meantime, you can have fun!”
Opportunities abound for you to build the retirement life you dreamed of and worked hard to achieve. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 843-216-2222 or visit frankeatseaside.org.
By James Rada Jr.