A Closer Look at The People, Events and Issues Impacting the LGBTQ Community in Northern California and Beyond

Greg Miraglia
Outbeat News
Dec 22, 2019

This month we talked with Loren Ostrow and Luann Boylan from Living Out, a development company building a state-of-the-art LGBTQ senior living complex in downtown Palm Springs. LGBTQ senior living communities are few and far between. Living out has come up with an innovative model that offers community and connection for LGBTQ seniors.

We also shared moments from the plaque dedication ceremony held on this December 2nd at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. for Matthew Shepard. It was a tearful ceremony, but one filled with messages of hope.

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KOAR Will Spend $70M on Condo Complex For LGBTQ Seniors in Palm Springs
Living Out is being billed as the first development of its kind in SoCal, with more to come around the nation

TRD Los Angeles Staff
The Real Deal - Los Angeles Real Estate News
Dec 06, 2019 | 11AM

Developer KOAR International will spend $70 million on what is being billed as the first luxury condominium complex in Southern California to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer senior citizens.

Construction on Living Out Palm Springs will break ground in January in an area that has been considered a popular retirement community for gay men, according to the Los Angeles Times. KOAR announced the 105-unit project in September, saying it would begin taking refundable reservations the following month.

KOAR said it intends to develop other Living Out communities around the country.

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Southern California’s First Luxury LGBTQ Retirement Community Is Waiting In The Wings

R. Daniel Foster
Los Angeles Times
Dec 6, 2019 | 6AM

Long a popular retirement harbor for gay men, Palm Springs will soon welcome what’s perhaps the ultimate queer golden-age ticket: a luxury condominium community designed for active LGBTQ seniors.

Set to break ground in January, the $60-million $70-million amenity-rich Living Out complex is the vision of longtime developer partners Paul Alanis and Loren Ostrow of Los Angeles-based KOAR International. Located on a prime nine-acre East Tahquitz Canyon Way lot that’s an easy walk to downtown, the resort-style property’s 105 one- and two-bedroom units will be priced from $699,000.

Although a number of LGBTQ retirement villages exist nationwide — both for wealthy and low-income residents — the developers bill their project as the first of its kind in Southern California. They say it will be a standout in terms of lessening what many seniors face: loneliness.

“We’re not just building condominiums for people, we’re providing them with all sorts of opportunities to develop community, to have interaction,” said Ostrow, who expects a summer 2021 opening.

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An Interview With Xorje Olivares and Loren Ostrow

Team HeyXorje
Oct 24, 2019

In the article, Xorje includes background information about Loren and the premise of Living Out Palm Springs and Loren explains how he got the idea for Living Out when he realized there were no opportunities or very few opportunities for our aging population to live in a safe, secure and supportive environment.

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Living Out Palm Springs, LGBTQ Senior Housing In Resort-Style Community

by Staff Reports
Oct 22, 2019

The article announces the new LGBTQ luxury active living community and shares with its audience why the project is important through quotes from Loren: "We hear stories all the time about people who are discriminated against from the senior communities they live in, whether it’s from other residents or from the staff…I don’t want people to have to live their older years in fear". The author, Phillip Zonkel, included several details about the community, such as its starting price points, square footage of the units and Living Out’s substantial amenities package.

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A new resort-style retirement community in Palm Springs will cater to LGBTQ seniors

Melissa Daniels
Palm Springs Desert Sun
2:36 p.m. PT, Oct 15, 2019

A new Palm Springs senior living community that will cater to the LGBTQ community is aiming to create an inclusive, resort-style environment where residents won’t have to carry the burden of hiding their true selves.

Living Out is the vision of Los Angeles-based developers Loren S. Ostrow and Paul Alanis of KOAR International, who have a history of hotel and casino projects. They're joined by LuAnn Boylan, who with Ostrow sits on the board of directors of the LA LGBT Center and will head up sales and marketing efforts.

Construction will begin in January with the aim of a summer 2021 opening. The project sits on about 9 acres along East Tahquitz Canyon Way between South Avenida Caballeros and South Hermosa Drive, and will include 105 condos with either one or two bedrooms.

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L.A. developer building 105 Palm Springs condos for LGBTQ seniors

Jonathan Lasner
Oct 15, 2019

As developers try to meet the needs of the growing 55-plus homeowner market, a Palm Springs project is using a novel twist.

Living Out Palm Springs will be what developers are calling a “first of its kind” for Southern California: a 105-unit condo complex on 9 acres in at Tahquitz Canyon Way and Hermosa Drive in Palm Springs, targeting LGBTQ seniors. KOAR International, a Los Angeles-based builder, will offer units in either a one-bedroom/one-bathroom configuration or two-bedrooms/two-bathrooms. Prices start just under $700,000.

Living Out will feature the “iconic Mid-Century Modern style for which Palm Springs is famous” and include community features such as poll, spa, fitness center, pickleball courts and a coffee bar/lounge.

“Knowing that too many LGBTQ seniors live in unsafe or even openly hostile environments, we wanted to address this issue that is near and dear to us by creating a safe and beautiful community for those 55 and over,” said KOAR owner Loren Ostrow. “Living Out Palm Springs was designed by, invested in and created by members of our community who recognize the unique needs we face as we begin the next chapters of our lives.”

Ostrow hopes this is the first of many Living Out complexes to be built nationwide around major LGBTQ communities.

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Palm Springs Development for LGBTQ Seniors Projected to go NATIONWIDE

Albert H. Fulcher
LGBTQ San Diego County News
Nov 8, 2019

There is a new housing project underway in Palm Springs, exclusively for providing LGBTQ seniors with a place to live openly and safe from hostility. Living Out Palm Springs is the first luxury, active-living development to be designed by, invested in and created for LGBTQ seniors to address the needs of LGBTQ people entering the next chapter of their lives. The project will break ground this fall in the heart of Palm Springs – already a vibrant LGBTQ and retirement destination.

Koar International owner Loren Ostrow and Living Out Director of Marketing LuAnn Boylan are heavily involved in the LGBTQ community. Among a handful of leadership roles, most notable, “Bothe have served the board of directors/trustees for the LA LGBT Center for more than 20 year.” Their collective passion plays a central role in understanding the needs that Living Out Palm Springs meets.

Ostrow explained that while most people want to live in a safe, welcoming environment, there are a lot of places unsafe and/or unwelcoming to LGBTQ people. So he began working on the idea for Living Out Palm Springs about 1 1/2 years ago. They expect to start construction this December or January 2020 and open in June 2021. Ostrow asked Boylan, who he knew through their long-time connection at the LA LGBT Center, to join him in the venture as marketing director.

When completed, Boylan said there will be 105 units available, all of which are configured into four different floor plans: two for one-bedroom units (1,200 square feet) and two for two-bedroom units (1,650 square feet). Prices start in the mid-$600,000s and range to just above $900,000, depending on the floor plan selected. Applications are now being accepted. It is a 55-plus community.

“We have already had a number of people contacting us saying to please let them know when we start [taking] reservations,” Boylan said.

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The Husbands Podcast

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo
Oct 13, 2019

The Husbands with Paul and Jeff Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo are best known for being plaintiffs in the landmark case that wound its way to the Supreme Court of the United States successfully overturning Prop. 8, restoring marriage equality to California. As regular contributors in the media they have become trusted voices beyond the marriage equality movement. Recently Paul and Jeff have proven that audiences love hearing about newly married same-sex couples and all things Equality, Entertainment and Engagement (both for marriage and for becoming an Accidental Activist).

Loren Ostrow and LuAnn Boylan were invited to join Paul and Jeff for a discussion about Living Out and other topics of interest on Sunday, October 13.

For the audio podcast only: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-husbands-with-paul-and-jeff/id1021108747

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