Watermark Retirement Communities Celebrates Grand Opening of The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey

November 7, 2023

Left to right, front row: Miss Oceanside, Rihanna Hawley; Mission San Luis Rey, Father Anthony Garibaldi; Luiseño Tribal Captain Mel Vernon; Oceanside Mayor Esther Sánchez; The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey, Executive Director Mariano Pérez; Mission San Luis Rey Executive Director Gwyn Grimes; and Watermark Managing Director Mike Hughes

OCEANSIDE, CA — Watermark Retirement Communities has announced in conjunction with Oppidan Investment Company the grand opening of their newest senior retirement community, The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey. The opening coincided with the 225th anniversary of the Mission San Luis Rey in this seaside city 38 miles north of San Diego. The Hacienda was inaugurated by Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebrated by The Hacienda’s founding residents, awarded associates, community partners, Mission friars and San Luis Rey Tribal Captain, Mel Vernon.

“We’re excited to bring The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey to Southern California, as it offers extraordinary senior living where people thrive, in a breath-taking setting like no other in this country — next to the historic Mission San Luis Rey,” said Watermark Retirement Communities President/CEO David Barnes via a press release. “For more than 30 years, Watermark has been re-imagining what senior living can be with our award-winning signature programs.”

The Hacienda is nestled on the campus of the historic Mission San Luis Rey itself, allowing residents to soak in the serenity, history, and natural beauty of the area.

“We’re excited to create a community that’s rich in services and amenities, where you can live a life that inspires you each day,” said Mariano Perez, executive director of The Hacienda San Luis Rey. “In addition to our world-class Chef, elevated dining, and innovative wellness programs, our 24-hour concierge makes planning a day of luxury a breeze. We handle all the details, so you don’t have to.”

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The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey marks the second senior living community for Oppidan and Watermark, which previously developed and recently completed The Watermark at Napa Valley in California.

“Working with the Mission San Luis Rey on this community was inspirational,” said Shannon Rusk, Oppidan senior vice president of development. “Not only are we filling a void for seniors living in the area by providing exceptional senior housing, but we are continuing the Mission San Luis Rey’s more than 200-year-old ministry of caring for the community.”

Oceanside Mayor Esther Sánchez

The Hacienda features private studio, one-, and two-bedroom residences with independent living, assisted living, and memory care in a brand-new building that was architecturally inspired by the Mission in the Spanish Revival style. The monthly rental apartments feature modern kitchenettes or full kitchens, high-end appliances, and upscale finishes.

Featuring 103 independent-living, 86 assisted-living, and 24 memory-care-residences, The Hacienda Mission San Luis Rey offers a salon and spa, fitness center, a resort-style pool, library, movie theater, game room, and Engage VR Lounge, with four restaurants including dedicated options for assisted living and memory care.

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 65 retirement communities in 21 states coast to coast. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Watermark features the award-winning Watermark University with a wide variety of classes for residents and area seniors.

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