College Students Throw Birthday Party for 94-Year-old Neighbor

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Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) students threw a surprise birthday party for their 94-year-old neighbor last week at the Beach City Apartment complex.

Jean Nell is one of the last original residents from the Harbor Heights Manor Apartments located in the 800 block of Cliff Drive next to SBCC. The complex was purchased five years ago by Ed St. George who renovated the building to as unofficial dorm-style housing for nearby community college students. 

On Wednesday and Valentine's Day, February 14, students and residents gathered with balloons, cake, and flowers to celebrate Nell's birthday in the property's courtyard. 

Nell is originally from Chicago and moved to Santa Barbara 35 years ago. She lived on Oceano before moving to Harbor Heights Manor. On her free time she volunteers at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital visiting patients and she also volunteers at the Granada Theatre. On Sundays you can usually find her participating in mass at Holy Cross Church on Cliff Drive. With an interest in gardening, her favorite flowers are roses and orchids. 

Nell said that the celebration last week was the largest birthday party she's ever had and she's grateful for all the kind students living near her. She said she loves living at Beach City and it's her favorite home so far.

Beach City houses nearly 500 students in seven buildings, a total of 97 units that are fully furnished. A full staff lives on site, including two resident assistants assigned to each building. The complex organizes weekly events such as BBQ's and movie nights that are available to all tenants. 

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420722 Feb 21, 2018 02:17 PM
College Students Throw Birthday Party for 94-Year-old Neighbor

There are some ads on CL for beach city for about 700-800 per person. I stayed there just before it was beach city and it was nice and quiet for how big it was. It had a really relaxing vibe. Happy birthday Nell!

Roger Feb 21, 2018 07:54 AM
College Students Throw Birthday Party for 94-Year-old Neighbor

I guess I'm stupid because I don't see young people or anyone else being discriminatory to this woman she is lucky she lives there with these nice young folks. It looks like she enjoys having them as neighbors I met Ed St. George once and he is a nice guy too. To do all those things for his tenants Wow he sounds like a great landlord too..

a-1573843636 Feb 21, 2018 07:29 AM
College Students Throw Birthday Party for 94-Year-old Neighbor

I'd rather live in a dorm with young people than a senior citizen "retirement" place. I'm a senior citizen. If they opened a room on each dorm floor for a senior citizen at UCSB , I'd be there, hopefully for very low rent. Beach City has movie nights and BBQs and a lovely b'day party for 94 yr old Ms Nell. Those are wonderful young people being their best.

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