How Does Your Brain Score? Take the Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

Most Popular


Pasadena Firm Takes Livable Communities Award

AARP and The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced the 2010 Livable Communities Awards winners at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando. The annual awards program honors builders, developers, remodelers and architects, and highlights their winning projects as models of livability and universal design.

In a state with 38 million people, livability becomes critical—especially as people age. AARP projects California’s 65-plus population will double by 2030.

This year’s honorees include Pasadena-based Mannigan Design, Inc. The owners of the California home asked CAPS interior designer Jeannine Clark of Mannigan Design Inc. to adapt the spaces so they could age comfortably in place there after they retired.

“As the Boomers begin turning 65 this month, this first generation to grow up in the suburbs is looking to update their homes to be more comfortable or find that just-right place that keeps them close to family and friends,” said David Shotwell, AARP’s Senior Director for Livable Communities. “These winning homes and communities demonstrate the universal appeal of great style and comfortable design for people of all ages.”

Mannigan Design, Inc. for 1040 Orange Grove in Pasadena, CA – Livable Communities Award Winner - Remodeler (Major Space)

This remodeled home integrates nature and the surrounding environment into the design and leverages a number of high-tech products and features, creating a significantly revitalized and inviting space for all and for the owners to use in their retirement years.

The residence was purchased by the owners as a future home to spend their retirement. The home incorporates aging in place, universal design and was renovated to show how a universally designed home is virtually indistinguishable from a non-accessible home.

Remodeled features include a modified courtyard and atrium to have level transitions to promote an outdoor lifestyle, all the way to the raised bed planters; a pull out hot-shelf directly adjacent to oven allows side-transfer of hot food from oven; braced walls floor to ceiling in the bathroom with backing for future grab bars at flexible locations; motion sensor lighting in closet for greater visibility; and heated limestone honed floors for slip resistance and comfort underfoot

Find stories, photos and videos of other 2010 Livable Communities Awards winners.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Member Benefits AT&T Wireless Cell Phone

Members save 10% on the monthly service charge of qualified AT&T wireless plans.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $9.50 for Regal ePremiere Tickets purchased online.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members earn points on select Walgreens-brand health and wellness products.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.


Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points