Get the inside scoop on our favorite assisted living communities in the city of Boston. With a fresh list out for 2023, there's something for everyone in this roundup.
Boston is in the heart of America's history, and it balances that history with modern life well. Adults who seek an urban retirement are drawn to the Boston area thanks to its cultural opportunities, access to healthcare, and opportunity to socialize with diverse neighbors. The right senior living community can provide that urban retirement experience, but with luxury amenities and resources that positively contribute to health outcomes. Luxury assisted living in Boston isn’t hard to find, and you’ll love looking at these unique and high end communities.
While the cost of living is high in Boston, many retirees find that the opportunities in the city and surrounding suburbs outweigh the high housing prices. For example, healthcare providers and hospital systems throughout Boston are world renowned, and the opportunity to enjoy ongoing education in some of the nation’s most prestigious universities is also easy in Boston. Public transportation is plentiful, giving urban retirees the chance to get out and about in a relatively inexpensive manner. Financially, while the cost of living is higher than the national average, Massachusetts is considered moderately friendly for retired adults, as it does not tax Social Security income but most income from pensions is taxable.
For many older adults, a senior living community provides the ideal environment where they can live a low-maintenance lifestyle, meet new friends, and enjoy wellness resources that help them feel their best. Some of the best senior living facilities in Boston can be found in the heart of the city, including these luxury options that feature innovative and unique programs.
Proudly serving Chestnut Hill, Boston, Brighton, Needham, Newton, Waban and other fine communities, The Residence at Boylston Place offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. A brand new addition to the community is dedicated to assisted living and memory care and is scheduled to open in the first six months of 2023.
Residents at The Residence enjoy luxury amenities that include all day dining in the community’s dining rooms, grab-and-go selections, and happy hours in the bistro. In addition, residents have access to shared outdoor spaces and can entertain guests throughout the community.
Located in South Boston, Compass on the Bay is a highly specialized luxury community, offering memory care services. Because this community serves only those living with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other types of dementia, the environment and long term care approach is specifically tailored to meet the challenges that come with cognitive decline without compromising independence.
Residents at Compass on the Bay enjoy programming to meet them where they are at in their disease process, including interventions that have been shown to slow down disease progression. Look for highlights like brain healthy foods, intentional social programming, and an easy-to-navigate community design.
Just minutes from Boston’s cultural and medical centers, Springhouse Senior Living offers the convenience of the city in a country living setting. Springhouse offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services.
Residents at Springhouse enjoy living on 13 acres of conservation land, dotted with beautiful gardens and accessible walking paths. In addition, amenities and services further enhance this upscale experience, including restaurant-style dining, an onsite physician practice, and beautifully appointed community shared spaces.
Nestled in Boston’s beloved Cleveland Circle neighborhood, Waterstone at the Circle offers a carefree lifestyle and best-in-class services. Providing primarily independent living services, Waterstone at the Circle also offers residents supportive services in their homes as needed.
Residents at Waterstone enjoy access to the community’s movie theater, indoor pool, fitness center staffed with Train Boston® professionals, anytime dining, and underground parking. In addition, this pet-friendly community is conveniently located near the MBTA green line so you can explore easily and safely.
In the historic Lower Mills neighborhood, you’ll find Standish Village, a newly renovated chic senior living community. Standish Village specializes in both assisted living and memory care services, with a personalized approach to care in both settings.
Residents at Standish Village enjoy living in a fun and historic neighborhood, as well as onsite amenities like outdoor spaces, a 4th floor outdoor patio with views of the neighborhood, and delicious dining. Menus feature seasonal ingredients and chefs pay special attention to brain-boosting additions to entrees and desserts. Residents meet with neighbors in the pub, catch live concerts in the community room, and toast to a lovely day at a happy hour in the country kitchen.
Within walking distance to the MBTA station and Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Chestnut Park offers modern city conveniences in a homelike setting. Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle features both assisted living and memory care services to residents.
When you live at Chestnut Circle, you gain access to luxury amenities like an onsite salon, spacious patios with fire features and grills, raised garden beds, and walking paths. In addition, the community features inspired dining with the option to eat indoors or outdoors, at the bistro, or pub.
Located in an exquisite setting just outside of the city, along Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system, Goddard House is a non-for-profit organization serving seniors in Massachusetts for more than 160 years. The community provides both assisted living and memory care services that are delivered with the compassion and kindness that inspired the community’s founding over a century ago.
Goddard House offers residents a unique environment that includes an art gallery and urban farming project that features vegetable and herb gardens, a chicken coop, and beehives. The community also offers a specialized Parkinson’s In Motion program that includes tailored interventions, staff training, and support groups.
Conveniently located near Beacon Street and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, in proximity to many shops, restaurants, and medical centers, and minutes from the MBTA Green Line, Providence is close to all the action of the city. Providence House provides both assisted living and memory care services.
Residents can enjoy neatly landscaped grounds, a community walking park, and a gazebo in which to enjoy the beauty of nature in this urban environment. Residents can enjoy activities such as fitness classes, ballroom dancing, games, a bird-watching club, and outings in the Boston area for dining and entertainment.
Tucked among 100 acres of nature reserve, NewBridge on the Charles provides a full continuum of care to residents – independent living, assisted living, memory care, and healthcare services. The community offers Harvard Medical School-affiliated care, including outpatient therapy, physician office hours, and in-home care.
Residents at NewBridge on the Charles enjoy access to more than 1,000 pieces of art displayed throughout campus, intergenerational programming thanks to sharing a campus with the Rashi School, and a vibrant life enrichment program. Other amenities include 2 miles of walking paths along the Charles River, various onsite restaurants, and a bank branch.
Giving residents the best of big-city living in a charming suburb, this luxury senior living community is just moments from the new downtown district in the city of Melrose. The Residence at Melrose Station provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care services just steps away from charming tree-lined sidewalks that are a staple of Melrose’s downtown district.
Residents at The Residence enjoy access to amenities such as walking paths, onsite salon and spa, fitness center, and Amazon Echo technology. In addition, The Residence provides hospitality services like complimentary transportation, concierge services, and chef-prepared dining.
Tucked in Watertown, one of the best towns to live in Massachusetts, The Residence provides personalized care in a modern and luxury setting. The Residence offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services as well as short-term respite care.
Residents who live at The Residence can enjoy amenities and services like transportation services, housekeeping, laundry and linen services, and chef-prepared meals. Residents can also benefit from the ample technology available at The Residence, including Amazon Echo tech.
While all assisted living facilities will provide certain staples, like meals, life enriching activities, and 24-hour health care and caregiver support, not all communities will offer a luxury experience. These high end communities focus on care and hospitality, giving residents the opportunity to feel safe, valued, and pampered. Fortunately, you can find many luxury senior living options throughout Boston and the surrounding area.
Haley Burress writes for Seniorly on the topic of senior living and the aging experience. With a long history of roles in Life Enrichment and Dementia care management for top senior living providers like Sunrise Senior living, Haley now also serves the non-profit senior living sector in a volunteer capacity. Ms. Burress holds a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from Aurora University.
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