Westminster Village in Scottsdale, Arizona, is so alive with activity that it can be hard to tell who is (or is not) a resident. The elegant, five-star Donnelly’s Restaurant is regularly filled with well-dressed diners from both the internal and external community. Executive Director Bud Hart comes across more like everyone’s favorite cohort than “corporate management.” For example, an 83-year-old woman on the Activities Committee said that she’d jump out of an airplane if Hart would do it, too. He didn’t hesitate – and the Westminster Skydiving Club was born. In fact, Westminster Village offers such a vibrant environment that a popular “Future Residents Club” enables people to attend events, enjoy campus amenities and make friends before they are ready to live there full-time.
A Community of Connection
Hart explains that Westminster Village was designed to be an active, engaged community. “This is not where people go to die,” he says. “This is where people come to have great days. Lots of great days.” One can certainly imagine that the campus’ highquality restaurants, spa, six-hole putting green, fitness facilities and classes like Tai Chi, yoga and water aerobics make that goal easy. Highly attractive amenities are also part of why so many people have joined the “Wowed on Westminster” Future Residents Club. Hart says that the WOW club brings an exciting dynamic to the community, adding that the relationships between residents and future residents is similar to the mentor-protégé relationships fostered in businesses, or the big brother-big sister programs at universities. “We all find so many similarities that connect us to each other,” says Hart. “That keeps us all young.”