Cities with Independent Living Communities in Minnesota

St. Mark's Living

  400 15th Ave. SW
Austin, MN 55912

Trillium Woods

  5855 Cheshire Pkwy
Plymouth, MN 55446

Champlin Shores

  119 East Hayden Lake Road
Champlin, MN 55316


  2115 2nd Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Kingsley Shores

  16880 Klamath Trail
Lakeville, MN 55044

Brightondale Senior Campus

  2700 Rice Creek Road
New Brighton, MN 55112

The Wellstead of Rogers and Diamondcrest Senior Living

  20600 S. Diamond Lake Rd.
Rogers, MN 55374

Village Shores

  6501 Woodlake Drive
Richfield, MN 55423

Benedictine Living Community-Anoka

  910 Western St.
Anoka, MN 55303

The Cedars of Austin

  700 1st Drive NW
Austin, MN 55912


  3663 Park Center Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Summit Place

  8501 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

SilverCreek on Main

  8200 Main Street
Maple Grove, MN 55369

The Fountains at Hosanna

  9850 163rd Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044

Rose Arbor and Wildflower Lodge

  16500 92nd Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55311

Brookdale Edina

  3330 Edinborough Way
Edina, MN 55435

Vicksburg Crossing

  3155 Vicksburg Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447

The Crossings at Brookwood

  6125 North Lilac Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Creekside Gables

  7601 Zane Avenue
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Calibre Chase

  6315 55th Ave N
Crystal, MN 55428

Broadway Village

  6046 West Broadway
New Hope, MN 55428

The Arbors of White Bear Lake

  4800 Division Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

The Anthony James on Broadway

  6100 West Broadway
New Hope, MN 55428

The Lodge at White Bear

  3666 E County Line N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

New Perspective Carlson Parkway

  500 Carlson Pkwy.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Cerenity Senior Care - Marian of Saint Paul

  225 Frank Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

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.