Frequently Asked Questions

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We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have.  If you have a question that is not covered in this section, or if you would like more information, please call Mayflower Gardens at (661) 943-3228.

How old do I have to be to live at Mayflower Gardens? What about my spouse/roommate/partner/caregiver?

Mayflower Gardens I requires a minimum of 55 years of age for everyone in a household, although one partner in a marriage can be younger. For live-in caregiver requirements, please contact the office.

Is there an extra charge for my spouse/roommate?

There is an additional $50 per month fee for the second person in the apartment. Please call the Office for details.

What type of housing is Mayflower Gardens?  Is it low-income housing?

Mayflower Gardens I is a private market-rate senior apartment complex for people over 55.  The rent is the price quoted for each size unit and that is what the resident pays.

Mayflower Gardens II and Harshfield Terrace are HUD-subsidized senior housing facilities that are, like Mayflower Gardens, owned and operated by the Retirement Housing Foundation.  Rent is based on income.  If you need an application or have any questions about amenities, qualifications, availability, or length of waiting lists for either facility, please call 661-718-1775.

 What does the rent include?

A:  In Mayflower Gardens I, rent includes basic utilities except for telephone and internet.  This includes basic cable television, electricity, gas, water, trash pick-up, apartment maintenance, gas stove and refrigerator, and individual heating and cooling controls in every apartment.

Are there on-site laundry facilities?

A:  In Mayflower Gardens I there is a laundry room in the center of each of our 81 residential buildings for the exclusive use of that building’s residents.  Please ask the Office for current rates. Each resident is responsible for bringing their own laundry soap/washing supplies and cleaning up after themselves.

What is the garbage/recycling process?

In Mayflower Gardens I, residents bag and tie their trash, take it to their respective laundry room and place it in the trash cans located there.  Our Maintenance personnel takes care of moving the cans to the curb on trash day. Currently, our Trash Service takes care of recycling so there are no separate bins.  For the courtesy and safety of all of our residents, all pet and human waste MUST be double bagged and tied before disposal.

Is there a lease?

Mayflower Gardens has a year lease, six-month lease, and month-to-month rental agreements.  Ask for rates for each type of agreement.

How big are the apartments?

Mayflower Gardens I has Studio, One Bedroom, Deluxe One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Deluxe Two Bedroom apartments.  They range from the 452 square foot Studio to 1356 square feet in a Deluxe Two Bedroom apartment.

Is there a waiting list for residency?

There are usually studio and one-bedroom apartments available for rent in Mayflower Gardens I within a few months, with an interest list for larger units.  Please check with the Office for current availability.

What is the Security Deposit?

A $600 security deposit in the form of a cashier’s check or money order is required for studio and standard 1-bedroom apartments.  A $800 security deposit is required for all larger units in Mayflower Gardens I.

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Do you allow pets?

Mayflower Gardens welcomes your small dog and cat with a pet deposit of $300 per pet.  There is a limit of one cat/dog per apartment and there are certain size/weight restrictions.  Fish and birds are welcomed without a deposit but there are restrictions on the number/breeds allowed.  Please contact the Office for a copy of our Pet Policy and information concerning the Pet Deposit.

Can I plant flowers in front of my apartment?

Most of the apartments in Mayflower I have an area directly in front of the units in which you may garden. For more ambitious projects (removing existing plants, putting in decorative rock, pavers, stones, brick or bark, etc), a written diagram of your plans and permission from Management is required.

Is there an elevator or stairs?

All apartments and facilities in Mayflower Gardens are ground level so there is no need for stairs or elevators!  There are many ramps and paved walkways throughout our campus to make it very easy to get around in a walker, wheelchair, or scooter.

Is there additional storage space available?

There is no additional outside storage available, however, each style of the apartment offers a generous amount of closet space inside the unit.

Is parking available?

Mayflower Gardens provides ample parking on our private streets and in our five parking lots throughout the facility.  All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no covered or assigned parking and all parking is free.

Are there any planned activities?

Mayflower Gardens publishes its own newsletter, The Gazette, which is delivered to every apartment around the first of each month.  The newsletter includes a calendar showing the date, time, and place of each activity, as well as the Daily Specials for our restaurant, The Gardens.  Activities include bingo, bus trips, cards, dances, parties, games, potlucks, and much, much more!

Is there any transportation available?

Yes! Mayflower Gardens provides both a tram and a bus for the convenience of our residents.  The tram provides transportation throughout our 65-acre campus approximately every half hour, six days a week during scheduled hours. The Gardens bus has a regularly scheduled route four days per week to provide transportation for our residents to a wide variety of shopping locations in nearby Lancaster and Palmdale. Both the tram and the Mayflower bus are wheelchair accessible. There is no charge to use the tram or the bus.

In addition, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority AVTA busses have four convenient bus stops in and around the perimeter of the Mayflower Gardens property for more flexibility in getting around.  Schedules and maps are available at the Mayflower Office.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Mayflower Gardens Office at 661-943-3228. Or you can email our Leasing Department at