This facility is located right off of Tice Valley Boulevard, which is a nice and central part of Walnut Creek.
Originally, Byron Park offered only independent living, but last year, added assisted living, too. This has been a very welcome development for residents already there, since now there are more options for them to stay and age in place. There is no dedicated memory care.
Visitors encounter one strange detail at first: There's no parking right outside in front"”although there's valet set-up so people can be dropped off near the front door. The parking is next to the building, and it's not clear how to get in. This could be a drawback for those who are not able to ambulate easily. There's a courtyard with a big yard that's nicely landscaped.
The building is distinctive, as it looks kind of like a castle; some of the rooms even have turrets. It looks small from the outside, but that's a mirage. In the back, it opens up onto a courtyard, with many buildings for housing. There are 17 different kinds of floor plans for residents to choose from: studios to two-bedroom, two-bath units. The living spaces are quite spacious and well-designed.
Once inside the main building, there's a reception desk with mandatory sign-in, overseen by a friendly and personable staff member. There is no grand foyer, but a room of more intimate scale that feels more like a regular apartment building. Throughout, the place is clean and elegant, but not ostentatious or overwhelming huge"”although it does have a spacious feel and open feeling.
The common spaces include a family room, living room and dining rooms, with menus that allow residents to pick and choose a combination of foods daily.
The hallways are a bit narrower than most newer buildings, so sometimes, there is a bit of traffic congestion when several residents with walkers are getting to the dining room at the same time. Best of all, the residents seem happy"”and many of them are out and about, going to meals, talking with one another. There seem to be more active individuals here than at many other such facilities.
The staff is attentive. In independent living, they contract out with an agency to provide in-home service, which residents can buy at an additional cost; that helps many people bridge the gap between independent and assisted living.
This facility may be an especially good fit for couples who are still active.
Byron Park maintains a good website, which provides lots of information including costs of care and housing, which starts at $3,165 for a studio and $4,970 for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit.