- It’s a generally warm Mediterranean climate with clear skies, giving views of the San Gabriel foothills, with stretches of hot days in the summer.
- The temperature is mild between November and April with periodic cloud cover and rare occasions of rain.
- Over the course of the year, the temperature varies from 45°F to 92°F but rarely dips below 38°F or rises above 100°F.
- Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets are visible year-round!
- Our six-acre property includes a wonderful variety of tropical, deciduous, and evergreen trees.
- Fruit trees include: orange, lemon, avocado, loquat, fig, persimmon, grapefruit, tangerine, and more! When these trees are in season, our maintenance team handpicks the fruit, keeping our fruit bins well-stocked for residents.
- Other trees include: jacaranda, coast redwoods, white birch, gingko biloba, magnolia, olive, silk oak, California live oak, crape myrtle, golden chain, Eastern redbud, eucalyptus, and more.
- Green parrots
- Peacocks and peahens
- Squirrels, rabbits, lizards, and skunks
- Occasional coyotes and bobcats
- Occasional bears and mountain lions in the foothills
- Yes! It’s never too soon to start the conversation.
We encourage you to ask about a complimentary visit or tour at any point in your career. Christian Science nurses and Christian Science practitioners have enjoyed wonderful quiet time with God at Mankowski Homes. Whether you work at a facility, on private duty, or from home, we welcome your inquiry about a visit.
- Residents are invited to join the Mankowski Homes community as tenant-guests, meaning they are welcome to stay as long as they remain in agreement with Mrs. Mankowski’s vision as outlined in our qualifications and annual rental agreement.
- There is no lease because our cottage/bungalows are for rent on a month-to-month basis.
- Residents are required to fill out the following paperwork annually: Rental Agreement, Annual Income Statement, and a Declaration of Activity form, which updates the resident’s activity in the Christian Science movement, per Mrs. Mankowski’s vision: “Continued residence is contingent upon the resident qualifying by 1) financial need, 2) ability to pay rent each month in advance, 3) ability to care for self and cottage independently, 4) ability to live in harmony with the other residents and to cooperate with staff, and 5) activity in the Christian Science movement.” (from The Mankowski Homes Rental Agreement)
- Our main office building, which is open weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm and on Saturdays from 11:00am-2:00pm.
- Resident mailboxes, which are located in the office and accessible during office hours.
- A large common room for residents, with a fireplace, comfortable chairs and sofa seating, a computer and printer, and a lending library of Christian Science resource books, biographies, movies, music CDs, CDs of talks and interviews, and a sign-up book for resident events and activities.
- A spacious resident activity room with an adjoining full kitchen for resident events.
- A back patio that includes a pergola with comfortable seating, lovely gardens, a well-stocked seasonal fruit bin, and a gas-fueled fire pit table. This area is accessible 24/7.
- The Manor House provides a warm, modern, well-appointed environment for residents to be together as well as to enjoy with family or friends.
Maybe! Small, house-trained pets are permitted on a case-by-case basis. It’s as important for pets to fit in with our community as it is for each resident. There is a $1,000 refundable damage/cleaning deposit for each pet that is approved. Should the pet become a problem to other residents or staff, it will not be allowed to remain on property. Residents wanting to have a pet must demonstrate the ability to care for it without assistance. Current MANKOWSKI HOMES PET POLICY
- Yes. There is a limited number of covered parking spaces but plenty of uncovered spaces. Residents are placed on a wait list for covered parking when they first move into a cottage/bungalow. Until a space becomes available, resident vehicles park in designated, uncovered parking spaces.
- Every resident is given locker space (approximately 36x24x32”) inside our covered parking area. Access is available during office hours.
- Local companies offer storage lockers at current market rates to accommodate additional and/or larger items. Residents are responsible for their own off-site storage expenses.
- Possibly! The approximate square footage of a cottage/bungalow for singles is 575 sq ft and for doubles is 650 sq ft.
- A resident found the following quote very helpful while packing to move:
“That which has served its purpose must be both appreciated and abandoned if there is to be progress. We cannot take a step forward without releasing the place where a forward step took us yesterday. This is progress and progress is Life.” (Arnold Exo, former member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship)
- Often the belongings that have served their purpose in your home would bring much joy to others (family, friends, church members, local charities, Christian Science nursing facilities).
- Mankowski Homes is a gated community that provides a safe and secure living environment. Cameras next to our front entrance enable us to see anyone who enters or leaves the property. Nightly security walks ensure and witness that all is well at the Mankowski Homes!
- A complimentary laundry room is available 24/7 for resident use. Each resident is provided with their own cubby to hold their detergent and other laundry materials. An enclosed courtyard with multiple clotheslines is located adjacent to the laundry room.
- Yes! Resident maintenance needs are met by our maintenance team in a timely manner. Our maintenance team is a cherished part of our Mankowski Homes family and takes care of each home as if it was their own.
- Being fully independent, residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their home. The Mankowski Foundation has invested heavily in each bungalow/cottage and expects the property to be kept in tip-top condition by both the residents and management. Housekeeping staff provides routine cleaning every 4-6 weeks to ensure thorough and proper care.
- Residents may choose to care for their own patio gardens and are welcome to purchase the plants they want. Otherwise, the landscaping team will select, plant, and care for appropriate plants for each garden.
Yes! Two guest cottage/bungalows are available to reserve for guests. There is no charge to use them. Residents may also choose to host visitors in their own homes.
- Yes. Residents have 24/7 access to our community cottage, which is a perfect setting for an event.
- Yes! Residents have access to the computer and printer in the Manor House common room during office hours.
- There are two holiday events each year for residents and staff. One is a Thanksgiving gathering, a sweet time to be together and to share our gratitude and love for God. The second event is an annual Christmas party, hosted by the Board of Trustees.
- Weekly van rides are provided to Wednesday evening church and local grocery stores. Twice a month, a van ride is provided to local banks and the post office.
- There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in the local community, especially to engage with younger generations, such as our partnership with Azusa Pacific University.
- Residents are welcome to volunteer at Mankowski Homes by helping to run activities, recycle Christian Science periodicals, and support occasional needs.
- It is the responsibility of the resident or their emergency contact to find and coordinate the appropriate assistance (including transportation, if needed).
- Mankowski Homes does not provide Christian Science nursing care. Individual Christian Science nurses or Christian Science practitioners living at Mankowski Homes may be contacted directly for support, if they are available.
- Two nearby resources are Broadview, a Christian Science nursing facility, and the Los Angeles Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service.
- In the spirit of independent living, our residents take care of their own needs (cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.). We do provide periodic transportation, gardening, maintenance, and routine housekeeping support.
- We ask each resident to have a copy of their AHCD on file in the main office.
- We are happy to help you find the AHCD form and/or fill it out!
- Gratitude abounds for the elevated and joyous atmosphere at Mankowski Homes, the well-maintained bungalow/cottages, and the respectful and supportive staff.
- Many enjoy walking through the gardens with its beautiful views and comfortable benches.
- We value the gentle love and gracious respect shared among residents (staff too!).
- We aspire to live in harmony, guided by The Matthew Code and the Golden Rule.
Each single cottage has a center divider, forming a living room on one side and a bedroom on the other. The top portion of the center divider has two equal shelving sections with enclosed cabinet shelving in the bottom portion. The center divider is commonly used to hold books, decor, cable box, and television. The internet modem is easily tucked away in the sliding cabinets on the bottom, providing easy access for connection with the television and cable.
Double cottages, having a separate room for the bedroom and living room, do not have a center divider.
Depth: 12.75 inches
Width: 105.5 inches
Height: 80.25 inches
Dimensions of the upper shelving portion of the center divider:
Shelf Depth: 12 inches
Shelf Width: 49.75 inches
Shelf Height: 46.25 inches (you can place two to four adjustable shelves within this space)