New Burnaby 55+ residence offers a stimulating and peaceful haven

When it comes to finding affordable seniors’ housing, middle-income folks may be faced with quite the challenge. That’s because they often aren’t eligible for government-subsidized programs and also fall short of being able to afford a private luxury residence. But Derby Manor, a 55+ rental community set on a sprawling park in Burnaby and governed by a non-profit society, is changing all that. Says Adele Fussi, its general manager: “Derby Manor is there for people caught between that gap of people who don’t qualify for government assistance but can’t afford a $5,000-a-month private residence.”

For just $2,450 per month for one person (and an additional $500 per month for a partner), residents of Derby Manor enjoy wide open spaces, bright décor and a beautiful backyard with views of Burnaby Mountain. “We own the land so it will never be developed [and the view never obstructed],” explains Fussi. Residents also receive two meals a day plus snacks, free Wifi, housekeeping and laundry services. Additionally, there is a hair salon, a foot nurse and a mobile spa at the ready.

Residents will never be bored, explains Fussi, as there are constantly activities and events being planned for them. “Three times a week we take residents out to the mall or on outdoor trips up to the trails.” There is also a barbeque that is used for gatherings on the terrace, an arts and crafts room, a library and a baby grand piano that a professional pianist comes to play twice per week. Finally, a large private dining room, which accommodates friends and family, can be booked anytime. “At Christmas we had 80 people come have dinner with their loved ones,” says Fussi.

With so much on offer at such an affordable price, one would expect a mile-long waiting to rent a suite at Derby Manor. Surprisingly, that’s not the case, says Fussi. “We opened in May 2017 and currently there is no waiting list … Thirty five [of 122] suites are rented now but we are expecting full capacity by April 2018.”

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