Florence House comprises 17 one-bedroom cooperatively owned apartments especially designed to meet the needs of persons 55 years of age or older. There is no income limit on residents.
The apartments are located in one wing of Roslindale House, the former Roslindale High School building at Poplar and Florence streets, a short walk from Roslindale Square.
A share in the cooperative corporation costs $145,000 and up, depending on the unit available and current market values. The monthly maintenance fee covers all costs of administration, operation, maintenance, heat and air conditioning, common utilities, real estate taxes, security, insurance and social services coordination. Cooperative apartment owners have full ownership rights for as long as they occupy the unit.
An important element of these apartments is that they are part of Roslindale House, a larger community facility for elders providing access to health care, recreation, nutrition and social services. The availability of these programs and services makes Florence House a living arrangement unique in the area.
Florence House is located in a building of gracious architecture, constructed between 1926 and 1928. An operating high school until 1976, the building was renovated in 1987 and includes all new systemsÑheating and cooling, water and sewer, electrical and fire protection. Modern, high quality materials were used throughout. The result is a building that retains the appearance of a stately institution of years gone by while incorporating a modern, safe and efficient interior.
If a resident wishes to sell his or her share, he or she must first offer the option to purchase to the nonprofit owner, Rogerson Communities. Rogerson Communities may buy back the apartment share for the original purchase price or decline to exercise its option, in which case the departing owner may sell the apartment share to an approved future occupant.