The Lytle Story

Chuck and Karen Lytle

“We’ve been a part of the senior housing industry for over 40 years. And we’ve never been more excited about opportunities in the

Chuck and Karen Lytle, Founders

With a long history of leadership and having been at the forefront of the senior housing industry for over four decades, Lytle Enterprises is well-respected in the senior housing industry.

Continuing to explore ways to improve the lives of their residents is a cornerstone of
Lytle Enterprises. The company’s innovation led the way in the introduction of hotel-style design and amenities, health and wellness programs, travel and concierge services, restaurant-style dining, and other senior-focused services that are commonplace throughout the industry today.

Lytle Enterprises helped define the best in senior living and continues to influence the design and operation of retirement communities. The company is committed to the highest standards for its residents, partners, and investors.

Chuck Lytle founded Lytle Enterprises and Leisure Care in 1976. Karen Lytle joined in 1981, and together they successfully led both companies. In 2003, the Lytles sold Leisure Care to the company’s chief executive, who shares their vision and commitment to excellence. Today, the companies retain a strong operational partnership − Lytle Enterprises maintains ownership of its assets, while Leisure Care provides operational management of the Lytle properties.

The company’s current portfolio includes properties in Arizona, California, Idaho, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

Community Involvement

“It is a privilege, a responsibility, and a joy to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

Lytle Enterprises is committed to reaching out and helping communities-at-large. From health care to the arts and education, from children and seniors in need, to the welfare of animals, Chuck and Karen Lytle have a long history of giving their time, energy, and financial support to nonprofit agencies throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond.

Swedish Medical Center

The Lytles have extensive involvement with the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit health care provider in the Pacific Northwest. Both Chuck and Karen have served on numerous boards and other groups within Swedish, and Chuck is a director on the Board of Trustees and Foundation.

Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns

Through a major contribution from the Lytle Family, the Swedish Medical Center opened the Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at the Swedish/First Hill Campus in 2013. The Lytle Center is a childbirth resource and education facility where expectant mothers and parents with babies can easily find a variety of care, advice, and guidance, all in one comfortable, welcoming environment.

Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE)

Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Bellevue to serve the growing population of the Eastside. Chuck and Karen have served as directors on the PACE Board, as members of the PACE Executive Committee, and are past co-chairs of the organization’s capital and endowment campaign to build this 2,000-seat concert hall and adjacent 250-seat cabaret, which will present nationally and internationally acclaimed music, theatre, and dance.