Twenty five years ago, neighbors and faculty members of Duke University envisioned an exceptional retirement experience in their university setting. They banded together, acquired land near the Duke campus and created a team to explore the possibilities.
From the outset, the team relied on advice from Duke's Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke alumni, retired faculty and staff, and local and nationwide retirees to gain a broad perspective of a fulfilled retirement. With insight from these groups and many visits to prominent retirement communities across the country, their dream began to unfold.
The Forest at Duke, Inc. was organized in October 1988 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to plan, build, own, and manage the new retirement community. A master campus plan was developed, residences were reserved quickly and construction began. The first residents were welcomed to their homes in September of 1992. In 2004, refurbishments were completed on the interiors of the existing Health Center an the 40,000 sq.ft. Community Center, and 34 suites of assisted living residences with town center spaces were added.
As we entered our 22nd year, we excitedly began a renewal with the addition of 15 new single homes, major expansion of our fitness and exercise areas, and significant changes for a redesigned and repurposed Community Center. This transformation was completed in June of 2016.
The Forest at Duke appreciates and values differences and similarities within our residents, board and staff. A diverse community includes differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, as well as other aspects of difference. We strive for an inclusive community that celebrates and embraces these dimensions of diversity.