Cities with Independent Living Communities in Massachusetts

Connect55+ Bourne

  13 Kendall Rae Place
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532


The Residence at Freeman Lake

  4 Technology Drive
N. Chelmsford, MA 01863

Brookdale Cushing Park

  300 West Farm Pond Road
Framingham, MA 01702

The Linden at Dedham

  391 Common Street
Dedham, MA 02026

The Linden at Danvers

  220 Conant Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Brookdale Attleboro

  100 Garfield Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703

Wood Haven

  2580 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Brookdale Cape Cod

  790 Falmouth Road
Hyannis, MA 02601

Brookdale Eddy Pond

  669 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501

The Wellington at Springfield

  942 Grayson Drive
Springfield, MA 01119

Linden Ponds

  300 Linden Ponds Way
Hingham, MA 02043

Brooksby Village

  100 Brooksby Village Drive
Peabody, MA 01960


  575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Atria Merrimack Place

  85 Storey Avenue
Newburyport, MA 01950

Atria Marina Place

  Four Seaport Drive
North Quincy, MA 02171

Holiday Maplewood Place

  295 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148

Atria Longmeadow Place

  42 Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803

Atria Draper Place

  25 Hopedale Street
Hopedale, MA 01747

Atria Fairhaven

  391 Alden Road
Fairhaven, MA 02719

Atria Woodbriar

  339 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

The Cottages at Dartmouth Village

  274 Slocum Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

The Residence at Valley Farm

  369 Pond Street
Ashland, MA 01721

The Residence at Five Corners

  678 Depot Street
Easton, MA 02356

The Residence at Riverbend

  149 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

The Residence at Watertown Square

  20 Summer Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Traditions of Dedham

  735 Washington Street
Dedham, MA 02026

The Residence at Paine Estate

  10 Green Way
Wayland, MA 01778

The Village at Willow Crossings

  25 Cobb Street
Mansfield, MA 02048

Hale House

  273 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

The Gables at Winchester

  299 Cambridge Street
Winchester, MA 01890

Armbrook Village

  551 North Road
Westfield, MA 01085

Keystone Commons

  460 West Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Wingate Residences at Silver Lake

  21 Chipman Way
Kingston, MA 02364

Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay

  218 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Concord Park

  68 Commonwealth Ave
Concord, MA 01742

Brightview Danvers

  50 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Brookdale Quincy Bay

  99 Brackett St.
Quincy, MA 02169


  46 Allandale St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sophia Snow Place

  1205-1215 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Cape Cod Senior Residences

  100 Dr. Julius Kelley Lane
Bourne, MA 02559

The Cambridge Homes

  360 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

AVIVA Country Club Heights

  3 Rehabilitation Way
Woburn, MA 01801

Bluebird Estates

  1 Apple Blossom Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Quail Run Estates

  50 Cardinal Drive
Agawam, MA 01001

Devonshire Estates

  329 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, MA 01240

One Wingate Way

  235 Gould Street
Needham, MA 02494

The Community at Pond Meadow

  279 East Street
Wrentham, MA 02093

Florence House

  17 Florence Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

Spencer House

  2053R Columbus Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119

Beacon House

  19 Myrtle Street
Boston, MA 02114

Summer Place

  20 Summer Street
Chelmsford, MA 01824

Cabot Park Village

  280 Newtonville Avenue
Newton, MA 02460

New Pond Village

  180 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

The Highlands Gracious Retirement Living

  129 E Main St
Westborough, MA 01581

Colonial Gardens

  105 Cherry Hill Drive
Beverly, MA 01915

Wingate Residences at Haverhill

  10 Residences Way
Haverhill, MA 01830

The Residence at Cedar Dell

  628 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

Golden Pond Assisted Living

  50 West Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

The Residence at Boylston Place

  615 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.