Introducing Piper Trail: A new direction in living for active adults

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Posted on Friday April 6th, 2018

Let’s welcome the newest member of the Lutheran Life Villages family: Piper Trail — a community for active adults ages 55+. With a planned opening in 2019, Piper Trail will be built on a pastoral, nine-acres in Fort Wayne’s Inverness Hills.

Piper Trail is based on an innovative concept — first introduced in Washington State in the 1990s — called a pocket neighborhood. It’s a true neighborhood of single-family homes but built on a smaller scale. The compact design helps foster greater social interaction and a real sense of community. 

There will be 40 to 50 maintenance-free cottage-style houses, clustered in small groups, each with front porches overlooking shared green space.

“Piper Trail is designed for adults who want a truly independent lifestyle with the least amount of change from their current living arrangements,” says Alex Kiefer, president and CEO of Lutheran Life Villages. “Moving to Piper Trail will literally be moving from neighborhood to neighborhood.”

Piper Trail will be a beautiful place to live, with colorful cottages topped by deeply pitched roofs, tree-lined streets, lush landscaping and private gardens. The neighborhood will sit adjacent to two ponds, and walking/biking trails will connect Piper Trail to surrounding neighborhoods, shopping, churches and recreation.

A nearby clubhouse will feature a bistro, gym and spaces to meet and relax. An onsite concierge will help residents with anything from arranging in-home services to getting tickets for an upcoming concert. To learn more about Piper Trail, visit

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