Many people believe the spirit of Wesley Palms began to flourish long before the retirement community was established in the early 1960s. This is because much of the property’s magical beauty can be attributed to the influence of Kate Sessions, the famed San Diego horticulturist and “Mother of Balboa Park.”
Fast forward to 1958 and the early planning stages of an exciting new retirement community called Wesley Palms. When the Pacific Homes Corporation purchased 40 acres of lush real estate high atop majestic Mt. Soledad, Soledad Mountain Road was not yet built. So the Wesley Palms dedication ceremony took place at Kate Sessions Memorial Park, looking upward toward the Wesley Palms property. This proved to be prescient, because the architect who designed Wesley Palms certainly had Ms. Sessions and her beautiful Balboa Park firmly in mind. Gorgeous Tipuana trees, striking Hong Kong Orchid trees and many other exotic plants highlight the community.
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Wesley Palms opened its doors in 1962 and by the end of that year the residences were full. Today, the beautiful park-like setting remains one of Wesley Palms' incomparable assets and residents still love to explore the grounds. Kate Sessions would certainly be proud of the way her legacy lives on in this remarkable retirement community.
Wesley Palms is part of the Front Porch family of communities and is supported philanthropically by the Pacific Homes Foundation.