Main Street atmosphere highlights senior community

Shell Harbor Retirement Community offers a centrally located corridor known as Main Street. It has 130 apartments.

Walk down the main corridor at Shell Harbor and you will find some of the same conveniences one would see on the main street of a planned community.

Shell Harbor Retirement Community has that centrally located corridor known as Main Street, which boasts the convenience of a guest suite, lounge, casual and formal dining, resource center, conference center, in-house bank, business center, fitness center, game room, arcade, general store, salon and a state-of-the art, 150-seat theater.

Resort Lifestyle Communities, a Nebraska-based company that owns and operates Shell Harbor, opened Sept. 1 at 2855 Murrell Road in Rockledge. It has 130 apartments — studio, one, two and three bedrooms.

The new retirement community offers independent living for adults 55 and older but its main attraction is its Main Street — a focal point in its main building.

In addition, Shell Harbor offers live-in managers, weekly housekeeping, utilities, resort-style dining, transportation and concierge services and valet parking.

“Our company has been in business for 21 years but what makes us so unique and different from the other retirement facilities is our Main Street,” said Paul Nichols, who is one of Shell Harbor’s team managers along with his wife, Hala. “Resort lifestyle communities are the best. All our activities are built on Main Street. We want our residents to have a good time.”

One of the first residents to move into the facility was 78-year-old Judith Thomas of Suntree, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio.

“I love the whole facility,” she said. “Everything here is first class. They treat you with respect and everything is provided for you. Main Street is great. I’m a very passionate supporter of this facility.

“And another reason why I like it so much is that it’s only six miles from where I used to live. Everything is here that you could possibly want.”

Nichols said there are 23 residents at Shell Harbor. By the end of October, he expects the facility to be half full.

Of the 130 apartments, 128 will be rented. The 129th apartment will be used by the live-in managers, while the 130th will be made available for its travel program.

Nichols said the theater now is used for movies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He is hoping to hold concerts and is seeking a religious leader to perform church services on Sundays.

The fitness center, which also includes a private shower and steam room, is open 24 hours.

Other amenities include a mailroom, a Wall of Honor for its military veterans, a library on the second floor and a billiards parlor on the third floor.

An official grand opening of Shell Harbor is planned for Nov. 11.

For more information visit ShellHarborRetirement.com or call 321-576-0040.