Watermark Retirement Communities Appoints Mariano Perez as Executive Director of the Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey

March 27, 2023

OCEANSIDE, CA — Watermark Retirement Communities has appointed Mariano Perez as executive director at The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey, a new luxury senior living community set to open in September 2023.

“The Hacienda is an extraordinary senior living community like no other that captures the laid-back coastal lifestyle of Oceanside. We are pleased to attract industry leaders like Mariano, who brings a wealth of experience and vision to guide us through the opening and into the community’s future success,” said David Freshwater, chairman of Watermark Retirement Communities. “We have seen an enthusiastic response from the community for the vibrant lifestyle offered at The Hacienda, which reaffirms our position as an innovator and leader in the future of senior living.”

Prior to joining The Hacienda, Perez had led top luxury senior living communities across the U.S. as general manager and executive director, including Merrill Gardens, Meridian Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living and Aegis Living.

“As we offer future residents a community where they can thrive in a lifestyle of choice with best-in-class care, we are committed to continuing the welcoming tradition of the historic Mission San Luis Rey,” said Perez. “I am honored and excited to lead this incredible community.”

The Hacienda is unique among other Watermark communities in that it is nestled on the campus of the historic Mission Luis Rey itself, allowing residents to soak in the serenity, history and natural beauty of the area.

Future members will enjoy a service- and amenity-rich community. Private studio and one- and two-bedroom residences in a brand-new building architecturally inspired by the Mission in the Spanish Revival style are available on a monthly rental basis with no long-term commitment. Apartments feature modern kitchenettes or full kitchens, high-end appliances and upscale finishes.

Watermark will bring its highly-trained associates to provide custom care, personal assistance and its award-winning programs—such as Watermark University, where residents can continue learning, growing and achieving wellness. Other unique programs include EngageVR, a virtual reality program that uses computer technology to create interactive virtual experiences that transport you to another place and time and allows you to see the world in a completely new way.

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