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A Senior Newcomer's Guide for Moving to and Living in Boston

So you’ve decided to enjoy your retirement years in Boston. Congratulations! Boston is a fantastic city filled with art, history, culture, entertainment, world-class healthcare and so much more. Not only is it a great place to live, but it’s a destination hub for visitors, says Kathleen Winn, Senior Advisor of Waterstone at the Circle.

“Boston is a great place to have or launch your retirement adventure,” she says. “Your friends and family will love visiting you in Boston because there’s so much going on. At the same time, it’s easy for you to head out and travel if that’s your desire. Honestly, it’s just about perfect, which is why we chose to build our premier senior living community in the heart of one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods.”

The Boston experience can vary greatly, and if you’re not from the area, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. If you’re considering a move to Boston for your retirement years, here are some tips and tricks for helping lay the foundation for the best lifestyle ever.

Choose a location you’ll love.

What sort of atmosphere appeals to you? If you’re looking for the classic Boston look you’ve seen on TV shows, paintings and postcards – gas lanterns, brick sidewalks, historic brownstones – you’ll want to head to the more historic parts of our fair city. Beacon Hill, Back Bay and South End are all classic examples of the Bostonian lifestyle. If you want something a little more suburban, you can head out to the suburbs and neighboring cities of Cambridge or Newton.

“One of the reasons Waterstone at the Circle was built in the historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood is because it’s the perfect blend of urban and suburban,” says Kathleen. “We’re near beautiful parks and fantastic nature sites as well as right by some of Greater Boston’s most historic and favorite destinations.”

Ditch the car.

Boston’s public transit system, the MTBA, is one of the oldest and best systems in the country. Between the “T”, ride-sharing services and an incredibly walkable layout, there’s really no reason to maintain the expense of a car. In fact, according to a recent census, more than a third of Boston households don’t have a vehicle. This makes Boston a perfect destination for seniors who still want the dynamic city life but don’t want to have to deal with driving, especially in the winter months. If you choose to move into a senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle, you can also take advantage of the community’s transportation service that’s available gratuit to residents. Although the city is your oyster, so to speak, you may find that you end up finding favorite spots in your neighborhood, no matter where you may live.

Be prepared for the weather.

Unlike popular retirement destinations like Florida or Arizona, Boston weather can be anything at any time. It’s not uncommon to have snowstorms as late as April. Likewise, don’t be surprised to find 75 degree temperatures in the middle of November. And, of course, be sure to invest in a good raincoat, umbrella and boots, because rainstorms can pop up seemingly out of nowhere. Fortunately for seniors, you won’t have to deal with shoveling snow or navigating icy roads to pick up prescriptions or groceries – that is, if you make the move to a retirement community. At Waterstone at the Circle, we are at your service, so there’s no need to fret about the colder winter months – you’ll be snug and warm inside your private apartment with concierge services at your fingertips.

Act like a tourist.

If you’ve never lived in Boston proper – or even if you have – the best way to get acclimated to your new city is by pretending to be a tourist. Boston is one of the most historic spots in our nation, and is filled to the brim with gorgeous outdoor spaces, museums, entertainment centers and more. The Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are some of the most beautiful spots in the city to enjoy nature, and the Museum of Fine Arts is world-renowned. Because Boston is filled with (and close to) many well-known universities, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to go on a walking tour or other “touristy” activity – who knows? You might discover a hidden gem you’d never noticed before.

Get in shape.

The best way to enjoy the city of Boston is by getting out there and walking around. So, it’s important to get and stay in shape – not just because it’s good for you; but because it means you’ll be able to do everything you want and more! Walking is a great activity for seniors because it’s low-impact – completely free – and boosts your mood and mental state alongside the metabolic benefits. You can definitely get your exercise on by walking around your new neighborhood and the surrounding streets, but you can also practice yoga or go to a fitness class at your community’s fitness center (like you’ll find at Waterstone at the Circle).

Get ready to root for the home team.

Bostonians take their sports seriously – very seriously. The Red Sox, New England Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and all the local college teams keep us entertained (and often on the edge of our seats) throughout the year. Although things look a little different this year (thanks, COVID-19) we can’t wait to get back into stadiums and rooting for our favorite teams. You’ll definitely want to make sure that you sign up for any outings to Fenway Park or other venues when your senior living community is offering them.

“One of the best things about Boston is that you could do something new practically every day if you wish,” says Kathleen. “Rest assured that, at Waterstone at the Circle, we make it easy and provide opportunities for our residents to enjoy the city lifestyle.” While COVID-19 may have modified things temporarily, we all know it won’t last forever, and our residents will get back to enjoying all that the city – and beyond – has to offer!

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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.

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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!