Watermark Retirement Communities Announces Grand Opening of Watermark Laguna Niguel

January 22, 2024

Watermark Laguna Niguel
ED Christopher Tharp speaks to guests at Watermark Laguna Niguel’s grand opening, including Watermark Chairman David Freshwater (seated, far left)

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA — Watermark Retirement Communities and Alliance Residential Company have announced the grand opening of the Watermark Laguna Niguel in a press release. The luxury senior retirement community offers assisted living and memory care.

“Our focus at Watermark is people,” said President/CEO David Barnes. “We create extraordinary communities where programs are built around the individual interests and needs of people, so they can enjoy a vibrant lifestyle and thrive where they live. For more than 30 years, Watermark has been transforming what senior living can be, and I’m excited to bring the best-in-class care to the people of Orange County.”

“My goal is to help each person living with us to lead a fulfilling life on their terms, for each day to be perfect,” said Executive Director Christopher Tharp. “Whether it’s waking up to the expectation of that perfect breakfast prepared by the chef who knows just what they like. That crisp morning newspaper delivered to their door, attending one of our award-winning Watermark University courses, or participating in 360Well — our whole-person wellness program — we want to fuel people’s bodies, engage their minds, and nurture their spirits. I’m looking forward to building that community here at Watermark Laguna Niguel.”

Watermark Laguna Niguel will feature Watermark’s signature programs, while also offering luxurious amenities, and integrative wellness programs based on Watermark’s partnerships with premier universities, cultural organizations, and local nonprofits. Its signature dining venue, Seasons, features chefs who create flavorful, nutritious fare with locally sourced ingredients. Menus will feature Healing Kitchens recipes created alongside Rebecca Katz, a nationally recognized expert on the role of food in supporting optimal health. Dining will also feature Watermark’s signature program Gourmet Bites Cuisine, serving protein-packed, nutritionally balanced, bite-sized meals, that enhance independence and bring back the joy of dining without using utensils.

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Watermark Laguna Niguel balances upscale living with a small-town feel that is characteristic of life in this Southern California coastal city roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The community offers 78 assisted-living and 32 memory-care residences in a service- and amenity-rich environment including 24/7 concierge and associate support, a full-service salon, gourmet dining options, and Watermark’s signature programs, including Gourmet Bites Cuisine, Watermark University, and Extraordinary Outings.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Watermark Retirement Communities has been named one of the top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in a national program conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute and published on A privately held company with over 30 years of service, Watermark manages more than 70 retirement communities in 22 states coast to coast. The company is ranked as the nation’s 10th-leading senior housing operator by the American Seniors Housing Association.

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