There’s a lot to love about Boston. Cuisines from around the globe, amazing cultural events and destinations, educational opportunities at renowned universities, Fenway Park – the list goes on and on. Not only has Boston been the location of some of the most seminal moments in US history, but it’s also on the forefront of modern life with its cutting-edge technology sector and world-class healthcare services. Small wonder, then, that this City on the Hill is quickly becoming a hotspot for retirees and senior citizens.
“Boston is truly a one-of-a-kind city and has played a signature role in so many of our residents’ lives,” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community in the heart of Boston at the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill. “It’s also one of the growing cities for retirees thanks to its signature research centers and hospitals, its strong economy, its numerous activities and its surprisingly small-town charm and feel. Because the city is so old and neighborhoods have become so established, each one has its own little community to get to know and be a part of. We’re very proud to be part of the vibrant Cleveland Circle neighborhood and the area’s next chapter.”
Here are seven great reasons seniors are choosing to live in Boston for their retirement years:
1. Boston is officially dedicated to aging well.
So much so that they’re enacting the “Age Friendly Boston” project that’s backed by the city in collaboration with local businesses, public agencies, established institutions and community groups. The project’s purpose is to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens who call Boston home, and ultimately make Boston “the best city to age and live in.” Started in 2017, the plan has 75 concrete action items for the city to take over the course of five years that address everything from housing and transportation to outdoor spaces and employment.
2. Boston is nationally recognized as one of the best places in the nation to retire.
According to a recent Bankrate.com report, Boston is the second best US city for retirees. The city scored highly on accessible and quality healthcare, overall well-being for seniors, a low crime rate, a high percentage of the population that’s 55 and up, public transportation, cultural and social amenities and so much more.
3. There’s a lot to do...even in the suburbs.
It’s no surprise that life in a big city has amenities, events, cultural opportunities and more within the city limits. What sets Boston apart, according to AARP, is that the vibrant lifestyle and quality of life extends to suburbia as well. While approximately 617,000 people live in the city proper, there are more than 4.59 million Bostonians living in the suburbs, and opportunities have grown to match the population. Don’t be surprised to find yourself heading out to the Greater Boston area to attend a festival, visit a museum or hear a concert.
4. It’s a very walkable city.
In fact, it’s home to one of the nation’s very first historic walking tours. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route that leads visitors to 16 significant sites in Boston’s history. The walkability doesn’t just live in the past, however. Boston has been named one of the ‘8 Best Cities for Walking to Work’ and projects are currently underway to thread 27 acres of green space through the downtown and into the surrounding areas, creating trails that will connect Boston Harbor to surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Finally, the compact neighborhoods of Boston are easy to navigate and have thriving boutiques, local restaurants and so much more.
5. Boston is a hub for transportation, both domestic and international.
Boston’s public transit system, which is known locally as “The T,” is a well-oiled machine of trains, buses and subways that link the city and its neighborhoods to each other. Several major highways run through the town, connecting drivers up and down the East Coast with ease. Boston is also home to Logan International Airport, one of the nation’s largest airports that services all major airlines and is a focus city for Azores Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines.
6. It has world-class healthcare.
We’ve already mentioned that the healthcare in Boston is highly ranked in the nation, but it’s also highly ranked in the world. Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other top-rated hospitals and doctors attract patients from around the globe each year.
7. You get a little bit of everything.
This is particularly true in the Brookline area, one of the neighborhoods surrounding Waterstone at the Circle. Retirees are just minutes away from downtown thanks to the Green Line transit, but you don’t have the price tag of trendy Back Bay. The neighborhood is replete with local galleries, shops and restaurants, and its Walk Score is 79, which means you never have to get into a car if you don’t want to. One more bonus? You get the benefits of four seasons, but you’ll never have to pick up a shovel, thanks to the city’s on-top-of-it approach to winter weather.
For more information on why Boston is such a great place for seniors to retire, contact the staff at Waterstone at the Circle.
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 a vibrant 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 vibrant Boston independent living community and discover the Circle lifestyle today!