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Know Your City: The Circle Neighborhoods

As the old saying goes in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. And for Boston-area seniors looking for a great retirement community that has everything they want and need in the city they love, there’s no better location than Waterstone at the Circle.

Says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle: “Waterstone at the Circle in the historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood is at the intersection of everything Boston has to offer. It’s next to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Cassidy Park and close tounique shops, storefronts, restaurants and other local businesses. Public transportation access mean that residents can quickly and easily get anywhere they want or need to go in Boston. In short, it’s the perfect destination from which to launch your retirement lifestyle.”

In order to give you a clearer picture of what life is like – really like – at our luxury retirement community, we thought it might be helpful to introduce the area surrounding Waterstone at the Circle ... the different neighborhoods where you’ll live, play and enjoy everything life has to offer.


Welcome to ... Brighton.

Waterstone at the Circle is located in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood, which is part of a larger neighborhood – Brighton. This residential area is home to college students, young professionals and families. The community was first settled by Europeans in 1630, and in 1634, the Massachusetts Bay Colony transferred the land to the community that is now known as Cambridge. For the next two centuries, the area was known as “Little Cambridge” until residents voted to secede from that community in 1807. The area was renamed for the English coastal city of Brighton and Hov, and officially became a neighborhood of Boston in 1874.

Today, residents of Boston enjoy the many art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, pubs and small businesses along Washington Street – the main, scenic road that runs from Brighton Center to Oak Square. Here are just some of the favorite spots that locals frequent:

  • Unbound Visual Arts is an educational nonprofit whose goal is to enrich and enhance the community with provocative and inspiring exhibitions and art expos staged in and around Boston. It also sells original works of art by local artists at the gallery space and online.
  • Brighton Bodega, in the heart of Brighton Center, offers a contemporary take on street food from around the globe. Feast on oysters from the raw bar, pick up a steam bun, quaff a local beer or enjoy a delicious weekend brunch.
  • Daniels Bakery has been a family-owned Brighton institution for more than 60 years. The large assortment of cakes, cookies, breads, pies and muffins are baked on the premises daily and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Rogers Park is a beautiful park just steps from Washington Street that’s a perfect place to gather with friends, walk with your dog or play a game of doubles.
  • Stockyard is a carnivore’s destination. This 200-seat steakhouse has been serving cuts for more than four decades, and is one of Boston’s largest restaurants.
  • Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about the neighborhood’s history, heritage, and culture. The museum is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Boston College extended its spread into Brighton in 2004, and is a wonderful place to enjoy the arts, culture and gorgeous park-like scenery.


Welcome to ... Allston.

Allston, which was named after the American painter and poet Washington Allston, developed around a major railroad yard and nearby stockyards. It’s its own island in the sea of Boston, cut off from the majority of the city by the town of Brookline and can feel like a world apart. Head to the heart of Allston – the triangular intersection where Harvard, Brighton, and Commonwealth Avenues meet – and you’ll find a diverse, ethnically rich and young neighborhood that’s constantly evolving. Interested in finding some standout sites? Check out:

  • Super 88 Hong Kong Supermarket & Food Connection, which is the destination for anyone seeking authentic Asian cuisine. Explore the food court and pick up delicacies from the Hong Kong Supermarket to enjoy at home.
  • Fish Market Sushi Bar is the spot for fresh, tasty sushi at incredible prices. It’s tiny in size, so be sure to get there early if you want to miss the lunch rush.
  • Twin Donuts is a mom-and-pop donut shop that’s been a favorite since the 1950s, and is the best place in the area to get a warm glazed donut. You’ll also find a full breakfast menu and lunch options – and everything’s fresh and prepared on site, unlike what you’ll find at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • Brighton Music Hall, formerly known as Harpers Ferry, is a music venue that hosts some of the nation’s best touring alternative and indie acts. It’s a favorite for music lovers of all ages.
  • Western Ave was formerly a dry cleaner and auto body garage, and today is a Harvard-sparked innovative space for creative programs and events. Zone 3 hosts outdoor movie nights, holiday markets, and art installations in partnership with various community organizations.


“As you can see, there’s a world of adventure waiting just outside your door at Waterstone at the Circle – and even more in the greater Boston area,” says Greg Lazzaro, Life Enrichment Director. “We invite active, independent seniors contact us about to learn more about all Waterstone at the Circle has to offer Boston’s seniors.”


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!