Case Study: LCS Development

Business Opportunity: Providing Resort-Style Experience for Senior Living Residents


Community at a Glance

Project Scope

New Development, Expansion


Life Plan Community

Unit Mix

Independent Living: 417
Skilled Nursing: 78
Assisted Living: 44
Memory Care: 28


  • Developing best-in-class, resort-style community in Phoenix.
  • Find and purchase the land to build the community.
  • Creating a market and financially feasible phasing plan.

Positive Outcomes

  • Established best-in-class reputation for quality care and lifestyle.
  • Named the first-place winner in the independent living category in the Senior Housing News Architectural & Design Awards.
  • Enhanced resort-style community with Phase II, which included 101 independent living apartment homes, new restaurants and amenities including an 18-hole putting course.


Sagewood brings resort-style living to senior living residents in Phoenix. The community, located in the Desert Ridge development of Phoenix, Arizona, blends seamlessly with the Sonoran Desert and McDowell Mountains. Sagewood offers a vast array of services and benefits including a putting course, multiple pickleball courts and dining options, a fully staffed fitness center with an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, woodworking shop and three libraries.

Business Profile

Opening in 2010, LCS Development was inspired by the beautiful landscapes of this 85-acre site to design and construct Sagewood’s Southwestern architecture. Located in the Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix, with stunning views of the McDowell Mountains, Sagewood attracts residents who enjoy nature and appreciate the area’s dramatic scenery. The community’s proximity to Phoenix and Scottsdale, also appeals to residents who enjoy conveniences of city-living. 

What started as a community centered around independent living, has now grown to include assisted living, skilled nursing, casitas and memory care.

Business Situation

Sagewood began as an LCS Development idea to create a world-class senior living community to enrich the lives of older adults in the Phoenix area. In Phase I, the community opened and expanded the Acacia Health Center, developed a free standing auditorium and 18-hole putting course, and added assisted living, casitas and estate homes.

Following Phase I of Sagewood, LCS Development kicked off Phase II of the master plan in 2021 to continue to bolster the resort-style experience. The expansion brought additional amenities and residence options. This $100 million, 220,000-square-foot community addition included 101 independent living units, underground parking, activity and game rooms, an art studio, café and three unique dining venues.

LCS Development challenged the status quo in senior housing with the creation of Sagewood and built an experience for residents that is unlike any other senior living community in the country.

Partnering with Leaders who Listen

From the beginning, LCS Development created Sagewood to meet the need for resort-style senior living in Phoenix. Through extensive planning and collaboration with the community of Phoenix, LCS Development brought Sagewood to life.

With the first two construction phases complete, LCS Development is continuing to expand Sagewood and enhance offerings. Design development begins in January 2023 for the next phase which will include the construction of six independent living single family estate homes and four duplexes. With these additional residences on the horizon, LCS Development continues to keep Sagewood recognized as the premier resort-style senior living community in Phoenix.

LCS Development knows the importance of active listening within strong partnerships, especially when it comes to developing successful and complex projects. When partnering with LCS Development, partners can only expect to receive exceptional experiences. 

To reach out to the LCS Development team or learn more about our projects, visit

  • Sagewood Sonoran Dining and Fireplace
  • Sagewood Exterior Outdoor Space
  • Sagewood Indoor Pool Photo
  • Sagewood Rotunda Photo
  • Sagewood Owls Nest Bar
LCS Development brought the expertise we needed to develop a best-in-class community that will attract residents for generations to come.

Stewart Ingram, Regional Operations Manager

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