Emerald Cottages, an independent senior living community located at 3025 Oak Run Parkway, New Braunfels, celebrated its grand opening May 17.

Emerald Cottages Managing Partner Mark Matise said Emerald Cottages was born out of a need that he had for his own parents.

“I just figured that if they had this need for a residential-style senior living community that was kind of geared to more independent profile, then maybe there were other people who would have that same kind of interest or need,” Matise said.

The independent senior living community will have a total of 72 cottage homes. According to Community Director Lynda Ryden, 40 of the homes are at full capacity, and the remaining 32 cottage homes will be built in Phase 2, which is anticipated to be completed late this summer.

Emerald Cottages has one-bedroom, one-bath or one-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage homes with an oversized attached garage. Community members have access to a community clubhouse equipped with a kitchen, a fitness room, a covered patio with a swimming pool and a dining space. Emerald Cottages is also pet friendly and maintenance free.

The senior living community has four other Texas locations in Kerrville, McKinney, Round Rock and Waco.

Emerald Cottages is open Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 830-206-8500