Neighborhood Guide: 13 Things to Do in Tysons and Vienna

Long known primarily for its shopping malls and office towers, Tysons has undergone big changes in recent years, spurred by the opening of new Silver Line Metro stations. A number of mixed-use developments have opened or are under construction, bringing a slew of new residences along with more restaurants and retail. (Some businesses in Tysons—technically a “census-designated place”—use McLean or Vienna as their address.) Meanwhile, the nearby incorporated Town of Vienna has its own new reasons to visit.

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Retirement Is Looking Up: High-Rise Communities Come to DC Area

The traditional image of a senior community includes “Acres” or “Glen” in the name and a huge, grassy campus with rolling hills. But that may be changing, if recent developments in the DC area are any indication.

The Grandview development in North Bethesda, Maryland, run by Erickson, and The Mather, a community “for those 62 and better” run by the company Mather, in Tysons are examples of high-rise retirement communities set in more urban areas.

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Biophilic Design: Connecting People to Nature Through Design

Senior living communities are always looking for ways to improve the well-being of their residents and staff—and biophilic design is one approach to do just that. But what exactly is biophilic design?

“The word biophilia literally means ‘love of life,’ and it refers to all the ways that humans respond to the natural world,” said Mary Leary, CEO and president of Mather. “We’re calmed by the sounds of birds singing and [the] wind in the trees, we’re cheered by the colors and patterns of a garden [and] we feel safe when we have shelter with a view of our surroundings.”

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$500M Tysons senior-living condo project tops out

One of the priciest high-rise projects in Tysons, Virginia, has “topped out,” with developers completing the final concrete pour of the roof.

The Mather, scheduled to open in 2024, will be a luxury senior-living condo community in two buildings. Phase one includes 179 condo units, and phase two will have 114 units. The $500 million project, at 7929 Westpark Drive, is being co-developed by nonprofit senior community developer Mather and Westminster Capital.

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The CEO Series: Mary Leary, Mather

Mary Leary, CEO and President of Evanston, IL-based Mather, will celebrate her 20th anniversary at the helm of the organization in June of this year.  During her tenure, the 81-year-old not-for-profit organization has experienced huge growth and expanded its reach to touch the lives of nearly 200,000 people annually.

Leary has been instrumental in that growth, transforming Mather into an innovation incubator for ideas and “next practices,” and she plays a significant role in shaping the present and future of this industry. Leary was recently interviewed by Senior Living News to get her perspective on the current state of the company as well as key industry issues.

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