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River Oaks’ Plush New Senior Living Community Throws a Red Carpet Worthy Opening Party — Morningstar Makes an Impression

Spending Your Golden Years Being Pampered

BY // 12.17.21
photography Dave Rossman

When is a retirement community more resort than assisted living? The answer: When Denver-based MorningStar Senior Living enters the picture. That was the consensus among the 150-plus guests who toured the six-story center during a red carpet grand opening.

Guided tours throughout the mid-rise at 2315 Richmond (near Kirby) revealed a bundle of amenities seldom found in such a community. Visitors were awed by the presence of a landscaped interior courtyard with fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Likewise, the salon, spa, fitness center, massage room and art studio. One would not typically expect such luxury in a care-focused community that partly caters to assisted living and memory care residents. (Stay tuned to PaperCity for more on MorningStar.)

Confirming the luxury level of  MorningStar at River Oaks was the red carpet arrival, the festive holiday decor and the sounds of the River Oaks String Quartet. Champagne flowed and for those not into bubbly, spiked apple cider was the signature drink of the evening. MorningStar’s culinary team delivered on the party fare.

The Houston residential project was developed through a partnership between Hines and MorningStar Senior Living with design by Munoz + Albin Architecture. Living quarters feature 85 suites for independent or assisted living and 27 secure suites devoted to the individualized care of residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

As with any grand opening, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony in which Dr. Guillermo Rowe, husband of the community’s first resident, did the honors. Joining in the ceremony with remarks were SuZanne Kelley, MorningStar at River Oaks executive director; Ken Jaeger, founder and CEO of MorningStar Senior Living; and John Mooz, senior managing director at Hines.

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