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Houston, where she is not only hoping to
find residents for Rainbow Vision, but
where she also hopes to find others interested in establishing another community
in the Gulf Coast area. Another communi
ty is being planned for Palm Springs, Calif.
Eric Liston said he could be a future
Rainbow Vision resident who won't need
to be recruited. He began checking into
the community the minute he heard that
it was on the drawing board.
"I'm interested in that sort of concept," he said.
his mother's surroundings when
she lived at Bayou
Manor and thinking, "What I
to find is a
he's a frequent visitor to
he's wondering if
he may not have found what he's looking
for in Rainbow Vision.
When retires from his position as
financial director at the Assistance Fund
in Houston, he says he may rent a condo
in Santa Fe and keep his house in
Houston just in case.
"I thought I could go for a few months
after I retire and see if it's the Shangri-La it
seems to be when you're a tourist," he said.
He said he loves the landscape, and he
is a collector of American Indian art, so
it seems as though it should be a fit. If he
decides Santa Fe is right, Liston said. "I
would like to buy into something like
The community will offer 40 club condos and 20 independent living condos for
purchase, 60 independent living rentals
and 26 assisted living rentals. Square
footage ranges from 700 to 1,250 square
feet. Condo sales are expected to start at
In keeping with the ambiance of Santa
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■©, the community will be
ashioned along an adobe
dwelling motif. The community consists of walking and
biking trails, hot tubs, shops,
restaurants and a rooftop bar.
ALTHOUGH MANY GAYS AND LESBIANS
have expressed interest in the community,
Silver said. Rainbow Vision practices diversity. She said people in their 40s have
expressed interest as well as straights who
figure Rainbow Vision could be more fun
that other communities that are available.
The community, she said, welcomes
anyone who celebrates diversity.
While the journey to Santa Fe began
in earnest in the mid-1990s as Silver
began looking for investors and for others who were game to hop on board, she
said Rainbow Vision probably started
much, much earlier.
"We sort of trace our roots back to the
Stonewall event," she said, mentioning
the infamous riot outside a New York gay
bar in 1969.
"At that point we kind of thought of ourselves as having rights," she said. "It's a long
vision, the vision of the rainbow people."
Now, she said, gays and lesbians are
realizing that when they retire, they need
options beyond those available to their
"We're definitely envisioning our
future ourselves," she said. "We're not
going to be thrust into a situation that
might not be right for us."
At the end of the day, when residents
of Rainbow Vision are eating dinner, hav
ing a drink or lounging around the pool,
Silver said, "They'll be able to share
experiences with people who have had
similar experiences, who had similar cultural icons."