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Why Location Matters When Choosing the Perfect Senior Living Community

Where you live plays an important part in how you live – especially when it comes to retirement. In your earlier years, choosing “where to live” was mostly influenced by career opportunities and family ties. In your retirement years, you have an opportunity to choose a location that meets your specific needs on an individual level.

“What do you want your retirement to look like?” asks Kevin Defayette, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “Do you want to live in a more bucolic, quiet type of community, or would you prefer the excitement and opportunities of a place located in an urban center? Would you like to be near family? Close to transportation options? There are many different questions to consider, but the only one who can choose  a perfect location for you – is you.”

Location, as it turns out, plays a huge role in finding the perfect community for you to launch your retirement journey. Think about it: even if you choose an amazing community that is everything you were ever searching for, but it was located in a place where you wouldn’t be able to visit friends and family or do the things you love – would you really want to live there?

Of course, location influences a lot more than just your personal interests. As you’re searching, here are some things to consider so that you’re choosing a great community in the right location:

What’s nearby? Yes, you’ll be living in the community, so what the community offers will be very important. But you won’t want to spend all your time indoors. What sort of attractions are nearby? Is it a walkable neighborhood, or do you need to travel a bit in order to get to things like restaurants and events? If you’re a nature lover, are there walking paths or parks close to the community? Or does your family live just a block away? There are all sorts of things we enjoy doing, and since you’re retired, you now have the time to enjoy all of them – so why not be nearby?

Are there medical services within a close distance? As we get older, it becomes more common to have health needs and issues. Are your doctors nearby or within a reasonable distance? What about hospitals or emergency services? What sort of ratings do nearby medical providers have, and if you need assistance, how quickly can you receive it?

Is it a fun place to visit? If you’re choosing a community that’s not located near family members, is it located in a place that would be fun for your kids and grandkids to visit? Or, conversely, is the community located near your family? Or is it easy to go visit them? Having fun activities is a great draw for family members – besides seeing you, of course.

What are the tax implications? Depending on your income and where you live, you may decide to move to one place over another. Some states don’t have personal income tax, while others have different benefits for estates and other financial options. At the same time, be sure to consider the cost of living along with the tax breaks in order to determine what’s the best choice for you and your estate.

Can you really see yourself living there? Of all the questions to ask yourself, this is the most personal. One community may seem like a great place to visit, but is it really a place where you’d like to spend the rest of your golden years? Ultimately, you want to choose a community in a location that feels like coming home.

Why Boston Is an Excellent Location for Retirement

At Waterstone at the Circle, we understand that our residents are Bostonians (whether native or transplants) who love this city and want to be in the center of it all. That’s why we built our luxury retirement community in the heart of the city, ideally located near all the attractions, events and benefits that this great city has to offer. Here are just some of the reasons our residents believe Waterstone at the Circle is the perfect location for their retirement:

There’s so much to do.

Boston is a hustling and bustling place with so many things to see and do. Even if you’ve been a lifelong resident of Boston, it seems like you’re still discovering new things every day. The city’s rich history is threaded just about everywhere you go, whether you’re walking the Freedom Trail or spending an afternoon shopping at Faneuil Hall. And, of course, we have some of the very best museums in the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Science, just to name a few.

Our medical community is one of the best in the country – and the world.

With teaching hospitals, prestigious universities and top-ranked medical institutions, Boston is considered to be one of the hubs for medical technology, innovation and care. Some of the best talent anywhere can be found within a short distance from Waterstone at the Circle, meaning that it’s easy access to world-class treatments, specialists and medical care. People from all over the world travel here to be seen by specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital (one of the top 10 hospitals in the world), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and the Southcoast Hospitals Group.

It’s easy to get anywhere you want to go.

With an incredibly walkable downtown and an extensive transportation service, you can go anywhere you want in Boston without having to spend a lot of time getting there. Many people who live in the city have decided to forego their vehicles entirely and instead use local transportation or ride-sharing services. If you’re looking to launch an out-of-town adventure, Boston makes that easy, too. Many interstate highways surround the city, and Boston Logan International Airport has direct flights to many national and international destinations.

It’s “age-friendly” and a great place to retire.

In 2017, Boston launched the “Age-Friendly Boston” initiative, which was designed to make Boston the “best city to age in.” Over the course of five years, the city has dedicated itself to making it a destination that’s an even better place to age.

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!