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Wellesley

Our Dining Experience: Everything You Need To Know

Food is an integral part of our lives. From holidays to birthday parties to summertime barbeques, gathering with friends and family around a meal is a given. Enjoying a meal together allows for a shared experience and opens up an opportunity to touch base with one other.

The dining experience offered at a senior living community impacts your quality of life in a way that almost nothing else does. The quality of food and the opportunity to socialize with friends can influence your physical, mental and social well-being.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, we curate a dynamic and diverse dining experience for you. Keep reading to learn about the world-class dining you can expect as an independent or assisted living resident.

Gourmet Dining at Your Convenience

Our restaurant at Waterstone at Wellesley offers fine dining with a seasonal menu. We use locally grown and sourced ingredients in our chef-prepared meals to create an exciting blend of new flavors – and old favorites. Our menu evolves regularly and is served with exceptional hospitality and ambiance in a variety of dining venues.

Truly, our cuisine is only rivaled by the finest restaurants in Wellesley and beyond. Our tableside service and unique demonstration space provide a culinary experience that goes beyond just the food. Grab a quick breakfast at Alex’s Pub. Enjoy a five-star dinner expertly prepared by our chef. Or, if you are interested, catch a front-seat view of the skill and creativity of our chefs at our demonstration kitchen.

At Waterstone at Wellesley, there is no set meal schedule, so you can have this fine dining experience whenever works best for your own personal schedule. And no matter what, you’ll receive excellent service from our wait staff.

We also offer our private dining room for special occasions and would be happy to cater your event. We want nothing more than to give you the opportunity to engage socially while experiencing an excellent, nutritionally balanced cuisine.

Casual Dining, Afternoon Tea and Continental Breakfast

Alex’s Pub is a great venue where you’ll find a lively atmosphere where you can catch up with friends – or meet new people – while enjoying some of your favorite meals. Here, we regularly host Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Hour for our residents. You can also partake in our continental breakfast Monday through Friday with muffins, coffee, juice and fruit.

Convenient Catering to Your Home or Private Dining Room

Whether you are planning an event, celebrating a special occasion, or just want a hassle-free dinner at home, we will cater to you. Let us handle the cuisine. All you’ll need to do is sit back and enjoy!

Come Experience Why Residents Praise Our Fine Dining

We would love to demonstrate what your life could be like with a move to Waterstone at Wellesley. Come for a tour and a meal on us – our gourmet, chef-prepared dining will not disappoint! Contact us today at 781.591.7113 to schedule your visit.

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The Circle

Looking Forward to a New Year in Senior Living

We all know the fun of donning party hats and staying up until midnight to celebrate the new year, but if you’re considering a move to senior living, you might wonder what the coming year will bring.

The truth is that carefree living is even closer than you might think.

Many senior living communities provide amenities and services that let you explore the possibilities of what each day has to offer. From gourmet dining to fitness centers to maintenance-free living, there are many exceptional benefits to consider when moving to a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle.

Keep reading to learn more about the reasons you can look forward to a move to senior living in the new year! Additionally, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite ways for older adults to ring in the new year.

Senior Living Amenities in an Independent Setting

When you’re looking into senior living options, it’s important to find a community that aligns with your lifestyle. As an active senior, you need a setting that meets all your wellness needs, provides delicious meals and embodies the carefree ideal.

At Waterstone at the Circle, we offer all these and more. While not all independent living settings offer the same amenities, most provide specialized dining, robust wellness programs and maintenance services.

For meals, take the hands-off approach and stop into our anytime-dining restaurant. Enjoy seasonal menus with a regional flair that are sure to delight your taste buds. Follow up by enrolling in a wellness program at our fitness center or getting involved in community life with daily activities and programming.

Take a dip in the community swimming pool to cool off and return for a rest in your apartment, freshly cleaned by our weekly housekeeping service. Many senior living communities like Waterstone at the Circle also feature daily life-enrichment programs, lifelong learning lectures, trips to local attractions and other community outings.

Be sure you visit every senior living community on your list and explore their apartments, programs and amenities before deciding on the option that is best suited to your desired lifestyle. We hope to welcome you soon for your tour of Waterstone at the Circle!

How Our Residents Toast the Year Ahead

In refined urban settings, today’s independent older adults can find what they need to enjoy all that independent living has to offer. Sometimes the warmth of a tradition is all that’s needed to toast the year ahead.

New Year’s Resolutions
A classic and inspiring tradition, resolutions are a great way to check in on your goals and keep track of personal growth from the previous year. Our residents enjoy writing down their resolutions and sharing them with friends and family to stay motivated throughout the year!

Friends, Games and Champagne
Our residents love to spend time together – and what better way than with some friendly competition? Whether it’s board games or checkers, cards or Jenga, it’s the perfect opportunity to pop a bottle of champagne and kick back for a fun night in at Waterstone.

New Year’s Eve Meal at Our Restaurant
One of Waterstone’s many wonderful amenities is its fine dining. There’s nothing better than starting off festivities with a gourmet, chef-prepared meal in the Reservoir Room before the countdown to the new year begins.

Countdown to Midnight – or Noon

Some residents are night owls and enjoy the anticipation of the classic midnight countdown, but for those who like to retire a bit earlier, we suggest hosting a New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon! This sort of daytime get-together allows for all the fun – without all the drowsiness.

Waterstone at the Circle. Now This Is Home.

Waterstone at the Circle offers a modern approach to luxury senior living in a historical setting in Boston. Come see how we redefine independent living in the heart of the Cleveland Circle neighborhood.

You shouldn’t leave anything to chance when it comes to choosing a senior living community that’s perfect for your lifestyle, needs and goals for the future.

“Choosing a floor plan for your senior living apartment is so important,”saysWendy Kaufman, Executive Director at Waterstone on High Ridge. “Whether you are looking for an independent living community for yourself or assisted living for a loved one, we offer a variety of options to suit your needs.”

Read on to see how we can help you live life to the fullest with our ideal floor plan options.

Independent Living Apartment Plans

All variations of our independent living floor plans feature designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances, bathrooms with walk-in showers and spacious living areas. Also included are walk-in closets and premium plank flooring, and our open concept design ensures abundant natural lighting.

Waterstone on High Ridge features a total of 88 bright and spacious apartments for independent living. Each premier apartment also includes a washer and dryer and weekly housekeeping services.

Our four different apartment styles can help older adults live the independent life they want. Choose from one-bedroom apartments, with or without a den. For something roomier, you can decide between two different two-bedroom models, each with two bathrooms and an optional den for the fourth apartment style.

Assisted Living Apartment Plans

Waterstone on High Ridge boasts 36 one-bedroom assisted living apartments with ample living space and thoughtful layouts. Residents receive supportive assistance around the clock along with housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services.

The layout of our assisted living apartments resembles that of our independent living units – with spacious, bright living spaces and luxurious finishes.


Memory Care Suite Plans

For loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, consider Bridges® at Waterstone, home to 22 dedicated memory care suites. Our memory care household and suites are designed specifically to support the unique needs of those with memory loss. Best of all, our specially trained team will provide supportive assistance around the clock, and our life enrichment team will create daily programs and activities that inspire and engage those with memory loss.

Support When You Need It. Home the Way You Like It.

Waterstone on High Ridge offers a modern approach to retirement living in a historical setting. Additional apartment options and configurations may be available. Come see how we redefine senior living at our Welcome Center in Stamford.

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High Ridge

How To Increase Lifelong Peace of Mind with Waterstone on High Ridge

The older we get, the more we recognize the unpredictability of life. That can be fun when you’re watching a good baseball game, or you discover a favorite old outfit is back in style. Nevertheless, for the most part, we seek stability. This is especially true of seniors and their families. The more predictable life is, the more confidently older adults approach each day and the long-term future.

Stability. Predictability. Confidence. However you say it, senior living offers peace of mind to residents and their family members. This article will explore several distinct advantages of choosing a senior living community like Waterstone on High Ridge.

BENEFITS OF LIFE AT WATERSTONE ON HIGH RIDGE – PREMIER SENIOR LIVING FOR SENIORS 62 AND OVER

Wellness feels great.

At Waterstone, residents will enjoy a lifestyle designed for health, including access to fitness classes, nature paths, pickleball, putting greens and year-round access to our indoor heated swimming pool. It’s all in place designed to enhance your lifestyle.

Put it this way: The better you feel, the more you can do. The more you do, the better you’ll feel.

Meanwhile, your experience will be maintenance-free. We will take care of all the hassles of homeownership (fixing, painting, mowing, shoveling) while you enjoy more free time doing whatever puts a smile on your face.

There are friends everywhere.

Kindness will be built into our culture – and ultimately nourished by our residents. You’ll find a community of like-minded individuals who share your desire to learn, grow and explore in retirement – and that’s a serious benefit. Studies show that social isolation is linked to significant health risks, including depression, dementia, stroke, obesity and more.

Your nest egg is yours, not ours.
The rental pricing structure at Waterstone on High Ridge means no steep entrance fees, no long-term commitment and that you pay only for the services you need.

Your monthly fee provides unlimited access to our dynamic lifestyle and first-class amenities, including a beautiful independent living apartment. There are several floor plans to suit your tastes – all embellished with the premium finishes and details you’d expect in a premier senior living community.

Just outside your door, there’s a whole community waiting to be enjoyed, with a dedicated team ready to be at your service.

Healthcare services are right here – if you need them.
Here, within the community you’ll call home, provided by people you’ll already know and trust, you’ll have access to a continuum of compassionate care services.

Our assisted living community will feature a welcoming atmosphere with a supportive care team available to support residents with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing or medication management. Maintaining our residents’ independence is the top priority. So, we’ll help manage anything that stands in the way of your daily fulfillment. Assisted living services will be fully customized to each resident.

Our all-inclusive memory care at Waterstone on High Ridge is supported by Bridges® by EPOCH, a dedicated dementia care team that provides compassionate attention and an engaging lifestyle for those with memory loss. If ever needed for yourself, or if you’re looking for a loved one, rest assured every memory care resident is well cared for within a residential household complete with a dedicated activity room, dining room, living room, library, and secure outdoor terrace. We also provide support and education to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

It’s the perfect location.
Waterstone on High Ridge keeps you in the area you already love – the perfect blend of urban life with easy access to downtown Stamford and NYC, tied in with the natural beauty of Connecticut’s Fairfield County. You’ll have the option to saunter through the adjacent conservation area or venture minutes away to retail stores, restaurants and cultural venues in Stamford, Greenwich and beyond.

Come see how our community offers peace of mind.

In the world of senior living, Waterstone on High Ridge offers the best of everything – lifestyle, wellness, financial control and a plan for future care – all in a wonderful location. Why not see it all for yourself? Contact a Senior Advisor today to schedule a personal appointment and tour.

Welcome Home to Waterstone

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a luxurious retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on a beautifully landscaped hill above High Ridge Road, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a verdant campus neighboring quiet conservation land, with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated, approachable common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programming and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, parking and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling 203.361.9717.

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The Circle

How Senior Communities Help Older Adults Live Healthier and Longer

A MacArthur Foundation study found that only 30% of how we age is determined by our genetics. A whopping 70% of how we age is determined by our lifestyle. That’s good news for seniors who are considering a senior living community because the lifestyle offered in many senior communities is shown to help seniors live healthier, happier – and longer. 

Socialization Is Key

How senior living communities help older adults live healthier and longer lives start with socialization. Growing evidence suggests that older adults who have strong social networks enjoy a higher quality of life and tend to live longer compared to those with little social support. Seniors are 22% more likely to live longer and lead healthier lives if they socialize regularly.

Studies in social neuroscience support this concept and emphasize just how important human connection and socialization are for seniors. Research published by Senior Digest identified eight ways socialization can impact health:

  • Boost the immune system
  • Moderate blood pressure
  • Improve brain health and memory
  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce impact of chronic pain
  • Improve nutritional intake
  • Improve relationships

According to Michael Murphy, Senior Advisor at Waterstone at the Circle in Boston, many seniors find that moving to a senior living community helps them maintain social connections. “On any given day, residents in our independent living community find countless opportunities to engage and connect with others,” he says.

At Waterstone at the Circle, socialization and connection come in many forms. For example, planned social activities may include:

  • Chatting with friends over a delicious meal in the dining room
  • Joining a gardening, chess, book or other club
  • Weekly movie nights in the theater – popcorn included
  • Discovering hidden creativity in an art or sculpting class
  • Toasting new friends during weekly Happy Hours
  • Participating in a group fitness class with Train Boston®
  • Volunteer opportunities around the Chestnut Hill neighborhood

While socialization is key to happiness and longevity, there are several other fundamental health benefits to community life.

Staying Active

Seniors who lead more physically active lives have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancer as well as higher levels of functional and cognitive decline. According to research by the Hebrew University Medical Center, seniors who engage in various exercises tend to live longer. Even those who haven’t been active throughout their lives benefit from physical activity. 

Michael says Waterstone residents have access to a wide variety of physical activities and wellness opportunities. “Our amenities, such as an on-site fitness center, indoor swimming pool and a number of activity areas, empower residents to engage in many types of regular physical activity.” He adds, “Group opportunities such as aerobics classes, flexibility and strength workshops, chair yoga and tai chi sessions are just some of the choices available to Waterstone residents who wish to remain active.”

Healthy (and Delicious) Dining Is Always on the Menu

Today’s seniors are thinking beyond calories when it comes to food. They are looking more closely at how food fuels the body and how the right nutrients contribute to successful aging. 

Michael says that most retirement communities consult with nutritionists to support senior health and wellness. And some, like Waterstone at the Circle, are taking the initiative even further. “We offer three nutritious meals a day, using only the freshest ingredients possible,” Michael says. “Our menus change seasonally to include locally grown and sourced ingredients that ensure fresh, delicious and nutritious choices.”

Lifelong Learning

Mental workouts are as important as physical workouts. Picking up a new skill or discovering a new interest can slow cognitive decline. Senior living communities regularly present opportunities to learn new skills and sharpen existing talents.

At Waterstone at the Circle, guest lecturers on a range of topics are part of our diverse activity calendar. Waterstone’s proximity to Boston College also opens countless opportunities for growth and lifelong learning for residents who have an interest in signing up for classes.

Live with Less Stress

Constantly feeling stressed can lead to higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Seniors who are stressed are more at risk for issues like heart attacks and strokes. Moving to a senior living community is a great way to alleviate stress. 

“Residents at Waterstone don’t worry about daily stresses,” says Michael. “Tasks such as cooking, cleaning, yardwork and home maintenance are all taken care of within our independent living apartments, so residents can spend time doing what they enjoy.” 

Take Charge

Today’s senior living communities combine a variety of services that affect the overall wellness of residents. These services, along with a clear health promotion strategy, encourage seniors to be more involved in maintaining their own health.

Live Longer at Waterstone at the Circle

Waterstone at the Circle is a premier independent living community for those aged 62+. It offers modern apartments, best-in-class amenities, gourmet dining and a fitness center staffed by Train Boston®. Waterstone at the Circle is widely known for its healthy approach to senior living. It also offers on-site healthcare services provided by a network of respected partners for added peace of mind. 

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts, cultural and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals. 

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need them, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

Some think that moving to senior living is something that should be delayed as long as possible – mostly due to the preconceived notion that senior living is for ‘old’ people. But that’s truly an outdated concept, says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a premier rental retirement community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA.

“If you wait to move into senior living until you need supportive services or another form of assistance, you’ll be missing out on a lot of benefits that this lifestyle offers,” Arzu explains. “Moving while you’re still active, healthy and in your prime opens up a world of opportunity for your retirement years – and beyond.”

Today’s senior living communities are designed with the active, independent and full-of-life Baby Boomers in mind. Here are the top reasons why seniors are considering downsizing and moving to senior living sooner rather than later.

Never having to deal with home maintenance again.

Sure, owning your own home is fantastic, especially if the mortgage has been paid off. But not having a house payment doesn’t mean not having to pay for a bunch of other things such as home repairs, utility bills, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance … and that’s just for starters. House cleaning, yard maintenance, appliance repairs, grocery shopping and cooking all incur costs, even if you’re doing them yourself and not hiring them out. When you think about it, that’s a lot of time and a lot of work that could be better spent doing things like visiting friends, going on adventures, learning a new hobby or anything else that appeals to you. Moving to a senior living community means that you no longer have to deal with all those tedious chores. It’s all taken care of for you, meaning your time is finally yours to do with as you wish.

A thriving social calendar.

The ironic thing about retiring is that you have much more time to spend with family and friends … but it’s often harder than ever to have a social life. Aging often means that friends move away, your routines change (for example, you aren’t seeing your co-workers every day as you did before), and things can get a little boring. Not so at a senior living community. You’ll find a social and entertainment calendar full of things like fitness classes, educational seminars, hobby groups, book clubs, social outings and much more. Plus, it’s easier than ever to make new friends and cultivate meaningful relationships since you’re at a place filled with other active retirees. You certainly won’t be bored – in fact, you may find that you’re busier and more social than ever before.

No worries about safety and security.

Sometimes, having a home (and the responsibilities that go with it) can come with worries about safety and security. For example, if you decide to take a week-long trip, you need to coordinate someone to watch the house, water the plants and grab your mail. You may also wonder about your own security if you, say, start having difficulty going up and down the stairs. None of those things are a worry at a senior living community. For starters, there’s someone on staff 24/7. If you decide to go out of town, the staff will happily watch over your home for you. And since it’s a community designed specifically for older adults, you won’t have to worry about things in your home that would give you difficulty if your mobility changes, such as stairs.

Enjoying your own private chef for every meal.
Having someone else cook a delicious meal for us is one of life’s pleasures, no matter how much you enjoy cooking for yourself. Get ready to be pampered with white-glove service at a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington. With a highly trained culinary team and a chef de cuisine presiding over them, every day is a literal feast of delights. Food is incredibly important to our health, well-being and enjoyment, and today’s senior living chefs are ensuring that life tastes great. Seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients. Made-to-order dishes. Everything from fancy to quick and easy. You can always cook something yourself in your own gourmet kitchen, but when you’d rather be served, the restaurant is open.

Staying healthy with programs to meet your needs.

Aging well and staying healthy is easy when you have all the tools at your disposal – and the time to dedicate to your health. Everything at a senior living community is designed with an older adult’s optimal wellness in mind. Not only are there countless fitness opportunities with a state-of-the-art gym, classes and personal trainers, but you also have every other aspect of wellness covered. A health center on-site means that you’re able to stay on top of any medical issues and get the treatments you need to stay healthy. Your mind stays sharp and engaged with enjoyable activities and events. Your body is nourished by delicious food. Your soul is enriched with social and cultural opportunities and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Everything you need to thrive is right there within reach.

Easy, at-your-service living.

Are you tired of having a car and driving everywhere? No worries – your senior living community provides chauffeured transportation and easy access to anywhere you want to go. Want to enjoy cultural opportunities but don’t necessarily want to research and purchase tickets on your own? Your senior living concierge can arrange everything from concert tickets to pet walkers and just about any other assistance you might require.

As you can see, retiring to a senior living community now instead of later may just be the thing you need to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. For seniors in the Middlesex County region, you’ll find a luxury retirement lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington, opening late summer 2022. Contact us to learn more.

Become One of Our First Residents!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information, please call ​781.728.3037 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Welcome Home to Waterstone of Lexington. Opening Late Summer 2022.

For seniors in Middlesex County who desire a luxurious lifestyle, we welcome you to Waterstone of Lexington. The mid-century style of this dynamic community was inspired by the nearby Gropius House and the area’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Offering independent living and assisted living, Waterstone of Lexington provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. Our rental community draws influence from Lexington, MA’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture and the open, natural environment around it.

Step inside and experience the calming yet engaging atmosphere that our talented architects and designers have so beautifully crafted. Waterstone of Lexington is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, underground parking and more. Then, enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone of Lexington was all created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own – how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone of Lexington. Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​781.728.3037.

Some think that moving to senior living is something that should be delayed as long as possible – mostly due to the preconceived notion that senior living is for ‘old’ people. But that’s truly an outdated concept, says Arzu LeBlanc, Executive Director of Waterstone of Lexington, a premier rental retirement community opening late summer 2022 in Lexington, MA.

“If you wait to move into senior living until you need supportive services or another form of assistance, you’ll be missing out on a lot of benefits that this lifestyle offers,” Arzu explains. “Moving while you’re still active, healthy and in your prime opens up a world of opportunity for your retirement years – and beyond.”

Today’s senior living communities are designed with the active, independent and full-of-life Baby Boomers in mind. Here are the top reasons why seniors are considering downsizing and moving to senior living sooner rather than later.

Never having to deal with home maintenance again.

Sure, owning your own home is fantastic, especially if the mortgage has been paid off. But not having a house payment doesn’t mean not having to pay for a bunch of other things such as home repairs, utility bills, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance … and that’s just for starters. House cleaning, yard maintenance, appliance repairs, grocery shopping and cooking all incur costs, even if you’re doing them yourself and not hiring them out. When you think about it, that’s a lot of time and a lot of work that could be better spent doing things like visiting friends, going on adventures, learning a new hobby or anything else that appeals to you. Moving to a senior living community means that you no longer have to deal with all those tedious chores. It’s all taken care of for you, meaning your time is finally yours to do with as you wish.

A thriving social calendar.

The ironic thing about retiring is that you have much more time to spend with family and friends … but it’s often harder than ever to have a social life. Aging often means that friends move away, your routines change (for example, you aren’t seeing your co-workers every day as you did before), and things can get a little boring. Not so at a senior living community. You’ll find a social and entertainment calendar full of things like fitness classes, educational seminars, hobby groups, book clubs, social outings and much more. Plus, it’s easier than ever to make new friends and cultivate meaningful relationships since you’re at a place filled with other active retirees. You certainly won’t be bored – in fact, you may find that you’re busier and more social than ever before.

No worries about safety and security.

Sometimes, having a home (and the responsibilities that go with it) can come with worries about safety and security. For example, if you decide to take a week-long trip, you need to coordinate someone to watch the house, water the plants and grab your mail. You may also wonder about your own security if you, say, start having difficulty going up and down the stairs. None of those things are a worry at a senior living community. For starters, there’s someone on staff 24/7. If you decide to go out of town, the staff will happily watch over your home for you. And since it’s a community designed specifically for older adults, you won’t have to worry about things in your home that would give you difficulty if your mobility changes, such as stairs.

Enjoying your own private chef for every meal.
Having someone else cook a delicious meal for us is one of life’s pleasures, no matter how much you enjoy cooking for yourself. Get ready to be pampered with white-glove service at a senior living community like Waterstone of Lexington. With a highly trained culinary team and a chef de cuisine presiding over them, every day is a literal feast of delights. Food is incredibly important to our health, well-being and enjoyment, and today’s senior living chefs are ensuring that life tastes great. Seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients. Made-to-order dishes. Everything from fancy to quick and easy. You can always cook something yourself in your own gourmet kitchen, but when you’d rather be served, the restaurant is open.

Staying healthy with programs to meet your needs.

Aging well and staying healthy is easy when you have all the tools at your disposal – and the time to dedicate to your health. Everything at a senior living community is designed with an older adult’s optimal wellness in mind. Not only are there countless fitness opportunities with a state-of-the-art gym, classes and personal trainers, but you also have every other aspect of wellness covered. A health center on-site means that you’re able to stay on top of any medical issues and get the treatments you need to stay healthy. Your mind stays sharp and engaged with enjoyable activities and events. Your body is nourished by delicious food. Your soul is enriched with social and cultural opportunities and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Everything you need to thrive is right there within reach.

Easy, at-your-service living.

Are you tired of having a car and driving everywhere? No worries – your senior living community provides chauffeured transportation and easy access to anywhere you want to go. Want to enjoy cultural opportunities but don’t necessarily want to research and purchase tickets on your own? Your senior living concierge can arrange everything from concert tickets to pet walkers and just about any other assistance you might require.

As you can see, retiring to a senior living community now instead of later may just be the thing you need to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. For seniors in the Middlesex County region, you’ll find a luxury retirement lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington, opening late summer 2022. Contact us to learn more.

Become One of Our First Residents!

We look forward to introducing you to the definitive, distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone of Lexington and welcoming you as one of the first residents of our community. For more information, please call ​781.728.3037 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

Welcome Home to Waterstone of Lexington. Opening Late Summer 2022.

For seniors in Middlesex County who desire a luxurious lifestyle, we welcome you to Waterstone of Lexington. The mid-century style of this dynamic community was inspired by the nearby Gropius House and the area’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Offering independent living and assisted living, Waterstone of Lexington provides myriad ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. Our rental community draws influence from Lexington, MA’s tradition of innovative, modern architecture and the open, natural environment around it.

Step inside and experience the calming yet engaging atmosphere that our talented architects and designers have so beautifully crafted. Waterstone of Lexington is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, underground parking and more. Then, enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more.

Our rental apartment community means no steep entrance fees, providing greater financial flexibility. Everything at Waterstone of Lexington was all created with you in mind, where our attentive team members, extensive programs and luxury amenities give you the ability to make life your own – how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone of Lexington. Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​781.728.3037.

There’s really never been a better time to sell your home. The Boston housing market is on fire! Home values and home sales exploded in 2020, and that rapid growth and demand aren’t showing signs of slowing down just yet.

“This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for home sellers, especially seniors who are considering downsizing,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “By taking advantage of the seller’s market, you’re able to sell your home for top dollar, move out before you have to get your house ready for winter and set yourself up for success in a premier retirement community like Waterstone at the Circle.”

Kevin says that no one knows for sure when the housing market will cool off. “Now that businesses are bringing people back into the office, especially those in major cities, it’s possible that the demand for housing will slow down,” Kevin explains. “But if moving to a retirement community has been on your mind, right now is the perfect time – you’ll be able to sell quickly without having to make huge and costly renovations. Then, you can sit back, relax and get ready for a new and vibrant chapter of life.”

Making Your Home a Hot Commodity When the Weather Cools

Before you place that FOR SALE sign in your yard and start scheduling showings, it’s important to thoughtfully plan your next steps. A hot real estate market means that you’ll be able to sell quickly, but you also want to make sure you’re getting the best possible price for your home. Buyers these days are savvy, and although they’re willing to overlook things like carpeting and older kitchens, there are still things you can do to make your home more attractive and desirable. Here are some expert tips to help you navigate this unique atmosphere.

1. Hire a professional Realtor®.

Today’s best Realtors® understand the variables that go into selling a home. You’ll want to make sure you choose someone who has extensive knowledge of your neighborhood, who knows how much you could potentially get for your house, who will price the listing correctly and who can market your home to the fullest. Professional photos, clean staging and marketing in the proper channels will ensure that your home sells quickly and for top dollar.

2. Be flexible with showings and open houses.

Depending on where you live and what your agent suggests, you may not even need to hold an open house. If you do, consider holding a “virtual” open house or some other format that allows buyers to socially distance while also getting the most eyes possible on your property. These days, people who are looking for homes start online, so a virtual tour or open house may be the norm. To that end, it’s important to be even more flexible when it comes to tours and showings of your home. You may want to consider spending a few days at a hotel or family member’s home, so you don’t have to scramble when someone wants to come check it out.

3. Start packing and decluttering ASAP.

One thing’s for sure: If you’re selling your home, that means you’ll be moving somewhere else. Get a head start on your packing and downsizing as early as possible. Go through your items and sort everything into keep, donate or toss piles. You may want to hire a senior move specialist to assist you with this – as they can handle everything from top to bottom: decluttering, setting up estate sales, coordinating donations and even moving your items to your new place!

4. Embrace the beauty of the season.

Fall is a gorgeous time of year filled with rich colors, delicious scents and cozy textures. Put buyers in an autumnal mood by tastefully decorating your home to match the season. Decorate your front porch and entrance with colorful mums, pumpkins, gourds and other fall features. Inside, use color and texture to instill a fall feel. Don’t forget the power of scent – flameless candles and plug-ins can thrill the nose and make your home feel even cozier.

5. Make minor repairs; don’t renovate.

Consider the law of diminishing returns. Making minor repairs and upgrades can give your home a facelift quickly and affordably. Things like a fresh coat of paint on the walls, fixing broken or sticky doors, or installing a new water heater can make your home look and feel new again. Don’t spring for a costly remodel, though. Not only will you potentially not recoup the cost, but it also takes time – especially these days when getting contractors can be a real waiting game. Buyers will overlook outdated features in order to get into the homeownership game.

6. Consider curb appeal.

The first thing buyers will see about your home is the outside – so make sure it’s picture-perfect. Touch up any peeling paint, trim bushes, clean out mulch beds and make sure that leaves are raked and bagged. You may want to hire a landscaper to add some seasonal touches to your garden beds for additional curb appeal.

7. Price your home right.

This is where having a professional Realtor® really comes into play. Setting your home at a certain number will determine how many searches the property comes up in, as well as determining whether or not potential buyers will immediately consider (or dismiss) it. There’s a reason why agents price things at $299,950 instead of $300,000 – it’s a psychological trigger that makes things appear affordable versus “too much.” The trick these days is to get as many people looking as possible at an entry price that’s just right. That way, you’ll more than likely be looking at a bidding war.

8. Be ready for your next move.

If you’re deciding to downsize to a retirement community, take some time before listing your home to tour and reserve your new home at a place you love. Since the market is so hot, you may find yourself moving sooner than you expect!

Selling your home can be a lot of work, but it is also very exciting. With proper planning, a smart strategy and knowledge of your next steps, you’ll be able to get your home sold quickly and get yourself into your new home just in time to enjoy all your favorite fall and winter celebrations.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts, cultural and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need them, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

Today, seniors – who can be as young as 55 – are redefining what this life stage means in a big, big way. Unlike in the past, when “retiring” and being a “senior” sometimes meant living life in quiet seclusion, older adults are ready to embrace this stage of life to the fullest. No doubt you’ve heard of seniors who are starting new businesses, charting new careers, reinventing themselves and otherwise making the young’uns jealous of their freedom, excitement and sense of adventure.

“Retirement is an exciting time of life, and moving into senior living is a great way for older adults to jump-start those adventures,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Today’s communities are like resorts in a sense: they’re all-inclusive and maintenance-free, giving residents all the time in the world to enjoy their lives to the fullest.”

Kevin explains that today’s senior living experience has been designed to help seniors age well and be well, no matter how old or young they are. “Communities such as Waterstone at the Circle are designed to help older adults embrace every opportunity,” Kevin says. “There’s no reason you should have to slow down once you reach a certain age. At our community, we provide the framework to make sure that our residents enjoy a lifestyle that’s productive, pleasant and fulfilled.”

Choose a home that’s a good fit.

If you’re considering living your best life in senior living, the first step is to choose a home that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. In order to do that, take some time to think about what’s important to you. What sort of lifestyle would make you happy? What needs and wants do you have in your home? What can’t you live without, and what can you live without? Once you have your list in place, you’ll be able to research options in your desired area and pinpoint what locations would suit you best.

Get involved in activities that excite you.

Once you’ve chosen a community and moved in, the next big step is to get involved in daily life. Life in your new community should not be boring – instead, you should be more involved and engaged than ever before – if you want to be. One of the best ways to get settled into your new lifestyle is by finding activities, hobbies and events that excite you. Learn a new language, join an exercise group, start a book club, take nature walks or do whatever else is enjoyable for you. This is your chance to connect with other individuals with the same interests who are looking for new friends.

Make a community within the community.

Socialization is vital for a healthy life for older adults. When children move away and friends move or pass on, it can become pretty isolating. Loneliness can result in depression, anxiety and other illnesses. Moving into senior living gives older adults the opportunity to create a community of caring friends with whom you can participate in activities and build meaningful friendships.

Find new hobbies.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do but have never had the chance to pursue? Moving into senior living gives you the time and space to explore those interests that were not feasible before. Take some time to look at your community’s events calendar and look for things that interest you. Try something that interests you or sounds completely foreign. The best part is that you don’t have to continue with it if you don’t like it! You can keep looking for new hobbies that excite you – and perhaps even start your own group.

Pick up old favorites.

Many of us have interests that have fallen by the wayside. Senior living allows us to pursue those interests and pick up favorite activities that have long been forgotten. Did you enjoy playing the piano when you were younger? Maybe you were fluent in French and always wanted to visit Paris. Or perhaps knitting was something that brought you together with other individuals in your family. Senior living gives you the chance to pick up those long-forgotten hobbies and make them part of your everyday life.

Volunteer.

Many seniors choose to dedicate time in retirement to causes and organizations in which they believe. These causes span the gamut from being a mentor to students, caring for animals at the humane society, becoming a consultant for new businesses, joining a Foster Grandparent program or anything else that moves and fulfills you. Moving into senior living helps you pursue this passion due to the all-inclusive nature of life and the maintenance-free lifestyle.

“This can be the best phase of your life to date,” Kevin explains. “You still have energy, the funds and the drive to do the things that move you, without any of the tedious responsibilities of work and family. Moving into a community like Waterstone at the Circle is a great way to jump-start this new chapter of life. What are you waiting for?”

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts, cultural and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need them, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!

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Be a Tourist in Your Town: Things to Explore in Stamford, CT

In a city as diverse, lively and energetic as Stamford, CT, there’s always something to do, especially during the summer months.

“There’s never a dull moment in our town,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Every day, you’ll find a new adventure, whether that’s walking along our 19 miles of shoreline, hiking the scenic trails of one of our many parks, or finding a new favorite dining location downtown.”

The thriving community and unique location in the heart of Fairfield County are just a few of the many reasons it was chosen as the site for Waterstone on High Ridge, a brand-new, premier rental retirement community opening in early 2022.

“We wanted to provide a location and environment where Stamford-area seniors could live a carefree, adventurous lifestyle in the city they love,” says Kaufman. “Our community is being built on a beautiful hillside close to retail stores, restaurants and cultural venues. We’re just minutes from Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien villages and boutiques. Residents will be able to easily get anywhere they want to go – whether they use their own transportation or the community’s services. Our Waterstone on High Ridge location offers the perfect blend of activity, convenience and accessibility to local attractions.”

To see for yourself how great the location is, we recommend “being a tourist in your own town” this summer. We’ve put together some of Stamford’s top locations and destinations, all located conveniently near Waterstone on High Ridge. Find your new favorite spot or see what life could look like in our new community.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Resting on 118 acres in the woodland of North Stamford, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center mixes art with nature, history and agricultural sciences. Start your visit at the Bendel Mansion (once the summer home of department store founder Henri Willis Bendel). Here you’ll find galleries featuring contemporary art exhibitions, antique farming equipment, totem poles, vintage pedal cars and works from both world-famous artists, such as Warhol and Dalí, and prominent local artists. Outside, you’ll discover a beautiful sculpture collection and the 10-acre Heckscher Farm, a working farm with various heritage breeds and nonindigenous species like alpacas, burros and llamas. Overbrook Nature Center has interactive wildlife exhibits and more than 80 acres of parkland connected by hiking and walking trails. Be sure to pay a visit to the Edith & Robert Graham Otter Pond, where you can watch North American river otters playing up close.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Sometimes called a “living classroom,” the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is an enchanting environment for people of all ages to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world. Visitors can enjoy more than 3,500 specimens from across the globe planted in 12 different gardens, each with its own specific focus. For example, the Alice Smith Fern Allée contains more than 60 kinds of fern, while the Frank Bartlett Heisinger Conifer Garden is focused on – you guessed it – conifers. Walk miles of trails that will take you through beautiful gardens, past champion trees, and into native Connecticut habitats alongside colonial stone walls and over pristine wetlands. Check out their robust events calendar – with everything from classical and rock concerts to tours and family events, there’s always something planned that can connect visitors to nature and the community.

Cove Island Park

The park has it all – walking and running trails, a playground, sandy beaches, a small salt marsh – you name it, you can enjoy it at Cove Island Park. Cove Island was originally the site of a 19th-century factory manufacturing bleached minerals, dye extracts and licorice. The mill was razed by a fire in 1919, and over the next few decades, it was developed into one of the area’s most well-loved parks. It’s specifically known for fishing and birding opportunities: anglers can cast their lines along the rocky shorelines, while birders can spot feathered wonders at Cove River and Holly Pond. The park is listed as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, with more than 287 species recorded.

Philip Johnson Glass House

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT and is one of the nation’s most significant modern architectural landmarks. It’s located just a short drive away from Stamford proper in New Canaan and is definitely worth the trip. Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House’s exterior walls are made of glass with no interior walls. The 49-acre property boasts a variety of structures, including the Glass House, the Guest House, Pavilion in the Pond, Painting Gallery, Ghost House, Studio and Da Monsta. The grounds feature a permanent collection of renowned 20th-century paintings and sculptures, along with temporary exhibitions.

First Presbyterian Church

This gorgeous masterpiece of Modernist architecture was designed by Wallace Harrison, an architect who took part in the construction of the Rockefeller Center. The First Presbyterian Church, also called the Fish Church due to its evocative outline, was built in 1958. Inside, the stained-glass windows feature a magnificent 20,000 pieces of faceted glass, depicting the crucifixion and resurrection. Situated in front of the grand Visser-Rowland pipe organ sits a wooden cross that is just under 10 meters tall and clad with wood from Canterbury Cathedral in England.

Fort Stamford Park

Fort Stamford Park contains the 340-year-old earthworks of an American fort from the Revolutionary War. The Goodbody Garden also is on the property and features a stone-pillared pergola, sunken garden and Italianate balustrades. It’s a great place to spend a day learning about the area’s history and enjoying the gorgeous gardens. Be sure to take a trip to the Revolutionary-era tree that still stands to the west of the formal gardens – it’s now more than 250 years old.

West Beach

West Beach is a favorite place to spend a pleasant summer day. You’ll discover 26 acres of clean, pale sand, a children’s playground, bathrooms and on-duty lifeguards (during peak times in summer). Best of all, the beach is located within walking distance of restaurants on Shippan Avenue and across the levee, allowing you to whet your appetite after a long day of fun in the sun.

Harbor Point

Harbor Point is an up-and-coming redevelopment district comprised of five distinct areas, each centered on a park or waterfront feature along the harbor. Visitors can spend a sunny day enjoying daily fun, good food or easy access to the waterfront. Besides boating opportunities, the area has more than 20 acres of public parks perfect for families and individuals alike and a full calendar of seasonal daily activities.

“Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything Stamford has to offer,” says Kaufman. “We encourage you to get out there and explore!”

Welcome Home – Become a ClubW Member Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of our first residents. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a dynamic retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a lush campus with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programming and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides countless ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, media room and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our wellness-focused lifestyle and elevated amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​203.361.9717.

When it’s time to select a community for your retirement, there are many factors to consider. Services, amenities, care levels, location, lifestyle … and financial structure. Do you want to move to a ‘buy-in’ community or a ‘rental-style’ community?

“The two different payment types of communities are rental, like Waterstone at the Circle, or communities that require an entrance fee as a sort of down payment for future care needs,” says Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Both types of communities can be excellent options depending on your needs, but you’ll really want to carefully consider what your needs are in a community, and what sort of option will best fit the retirement lifestyle you’re looking for.”

While communities that require an entrance fee – generally known as Life Plan Communities – have become very popular, Kevin says that there has recently been a shift toward more upscale, premier rental options for the aging Baby Boomer population. “Today’s seniors want the ultimate choice and flexibility for their retirement, which is why we designed Waterstone at the Circle to be a rental-style community,” he explains. “This gives our residents peace of mind that they aren’t being locked into any long-term contracts or commitments while also being able to receive all the care and assistance they may require in the future, if they so wish. That flexibility provides supreme convenience and personalization for our residents, and allows our team to focus on delivering an exceptional retirement lifestyle like none you’ll find elsewhere.”

How a Rental Community Works

If you’ve ever rented an apartment or home before, then you understand exactly how a fee structure at a rental retirement community works. It’s simple. Our residents pay a one-time membership fee and then pay one monthly fee moving forward. That fee ensures residents a maintenance-free lifestyle complete with dining, fitness, activities, events and so much more.

If, for whatever reason, residents require additional services to live the active and independent lives they love, rental communities often provide access to supportive services for an additional fee. At Waterstone at the Circle, we’ve partnered with some of the best Boston-area healthcare providers to bring on-demand supportive services directly to our residents – right within the comfort of their apartment homes. It’s independent living at its finest – with the confidence that comes from knowing assistance is always available so you can continue to live in the trusted community you’ve come to know and love.

The Benefits of a Rental Community

A maintenance-free and carefree lifestyle.

Independent living at a rental retirement community is all the perks of homeownership without any of the tedious tasks and chores. No more having to deal with home or lawn maintenance. No more dealing with winter snow and all the headaches that come from cold weather. No more dealing with meal planning and cooking, either (unless you still want). Instead, all that time formerly spent on managing household things can be spent on managing your next adventure.

Incredible flexibility.

As we’ve mentioned several times, a rental community provides the ultimate in convenience and flexibility. At Life Plan Communities, the significant entrance fee provides peace of mind, but it also “tethers” seniors to the community. Although it is possible to move from a buy-in community, it can be difficult and time-consuming. At a rental retirement community, however, you have no large buy-in and no commitment. At Waterstone at the Circle, we’re month-to-month, which means that if our residents decide they want to move somewhere else for whatever reason, they can do so affordably and easily. It also means that we work hard to continue delivering the exceptional lifestyle, hospitality, and service that residents expect – all day, every day!

Freedom of choice (for healthcare).

One of the reasons seniors may choose a buy-in community is the peace of mind that comes from knowing all levels of care – independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation – are all available on the community campus.

However, a rental community can provide peace of mind by not requiring all healthcare services to be located on site. Sometimes communities that offer comprehensive care have “best in the area” designations for one or more of their healthcare services. It’s very rare for them to have that designation for all of their services. In other words, when you pay into one of those communities, you’re pretty much bound to what’s available. In a rental community, on the other hand, you can choose to use the services available on site – or not. If you need additional services and would prefer to go somewhere else, you’re able to do so easily. It’s rather the best of both worlds – the ability to get care on site if you wish and the freedom to go elsewhere if you so desire.

You only pay for the services you require.

That large entrance fee that you pay for moving into a Life Plan Community is like a down payment against your future healthcare needs. But what if you don’t end up needing additional long-term care? What if you remain healthy and independent for the vast majority of your stay? While most of us will need some form of assistance in our lives, there are also people who remain healthy and active with only minor health concerns.

A rental community contract means that you’re only paying for the services that you need right now. Sure, your costs may increase in the future, but having that freedom (and the liquid assets) now to use your estate and your funds in the way you like can be very freeing. Instead of tying up a large chunk of wealth in a down payment, you can use them instead to travel, start a trust fund for your heirs or whatever else you’d like to do.

You’re free to change your mind whenever you like.

A rental community like Waterstone at the Circle allows you to change your mind – which can provide a lot of peace of mind for today’s seniors. After all, what a “good life” looks like to you in your early 60s may shift as you get older, and that’s okay. A rental community allows you to live your best retirement life today and make choices that ensure your happiness tomorrow. As you age and as your life situation changes, you get to make choices that ensure your happiness then, too. Even if it means staying right where you are – ultimately, the choice is yours.

Is a Rental Community Right for You?

As you’re considering the type of payment structure you’d like for your retirement years, consider these questions:

  • What are my health needs now?
  • What do I expect my health needs to be in the future?
  • What sort of flexibility do I want for my future?
  • What are my priorities?
  • What feels “right” for me?

There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to your retirement lifestyle – only the decision that’s right for you. A rental retirement community can provide confidence for now and in the future – which can be a priceless investment.

Luxury Senior Living in Boston

Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just independent living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and an urban lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.

Elegant Independent Living Apartments

Each of our 92 independent living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.

Senior Living Supportive Services

As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our independent living residents to receive the assistance they need.

The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.

Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring . . . it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our premier Boston independent living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!