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Why More Seniors Are Choosing Urban Living in Boston

Greg Lazzaro, Life Enrichment Director of Waterstone at the Circle, says that urban living in Boston is the perfect choice for seniors who are looking for a vibrant, exciting and enjoyable retirement lifestyle. 

“We chose to build our luxury retirement community in its location – the historic Circle Cinema building – because it provides a central location to everything downtown Boston has to offer,” he says. “We’re located just six miles away from the historic center, which is easily accessible via public transportation lines. If you’re a senior adult who wants to enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban life, Waterstone at the Circle is waiting for you.”

A typical day for residents could be enjoying a leisurely breakfast in our stunning dining room, heading downtown for a festival or event at Boston University, and then coming back home for an afternoon nap. Then, in the evening, it’s as easy as pie to head back downtown for a concert or a fine dining experience. And you don’t even need a car to make it all happen. 

A recent Aging in Cities survey uncovered some very interesting information about seniors and what they want out of retirement. According to the survey, 8 out of 10 baby boomers who currently live in an urban area want to remain there even when they’re 80+ years old. They’re open and eager to the idea of an urban senior living community. They want their home to have access to public transportation, a high walkability factor, high-quality healthcare and proximity to friends and family. 

Keeping that in mind, here are just some of the reasons why more seniors are choosing an active, independent and fulfilling retirement lifestyle in Boston’s urban center. 

It’s a very walkable city. 

As one of our nation’s first big towns, Boston has a long history of being walkable. In fact, it’s home to the Freedom Trail, one of America’s first historic walking tours. The city itself has 27 acres of green space, and projects are underway to link these natural areas and their neighborhoods to each other via walking and biking trails. And with world-class public transportation, it’s incredibly easy for seniors to get out and about to wherever they want to go. 

The healthcare is world-class, too. 

Most cities are thrilled to have one or even two top-rated hospitals for their citizens. Boston has seven. 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. Part of aging well means staying on top of healthcare and chronic conditions, so seniors in the Boston area have a leg up when it comes to peak healthy aging. 

There’s great shopping wherever you go. 

Say “shopping” and the first thing that locals and visitors think of is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a historic meeting hall and marketplace that today is the spot to go for shopping, dining and entertainment. But Downtown Boston and the surrounding areas are filled with shopping of all kinds, whether you’re looking for upscale department store fare, unique boutiques or treasure-filled thrift shops. Looking for a birthday gift for a friend or a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for a loved one? You’ll find it somewhere in Boston ... and you’ll have a great time searching, too. 

There’s always something to do. 

One of the biggest reasons to live in any urban area – especially Boston – is that there’s always something going on. Festivals, cultural events, concerts, sporting events, impromptu flash mobs – no matter what day, time or season you want to do something, you’ll find an opportunity to enjoy yourself. That’s great for seniors who want a city that family members will want to visit – and who also want to enjoy themselves year-round. 

It’s easy to get anywhere in the world. 

Logan International Airport is one of the nation’s largest airports and gets Bostonians anywhere they want to go. With direct flights worldwide, it’s easy and fast to jet off on an international adventure or a last-minute trip to see a friend across the country. Prefer road-tripping? Boston is at the hub of several major highways that will get you on the road, quickly, so you can get to your destination ASAP. 

Boston is officially “age friendly.”

In 2017, the city kicked off an “Age-Friendly Boston” project, which is backed by a variety of community groups, public agencies, local businesses and established institutions. The project was designed to make Boston the “best city to age and live in” and enhance the quality of life for Boston senior citizens. Over the course of the next 5 years, the city will focus on 75 concrete action items that address everything from transportation to housing to employment and more. 

It’s a great place to retire. 

Boston is the second-best U.S. city to retire to, according to a Bankrate.com report. So it’s not just us saying it – it’s official. 

If you’d like to learn more about why so many seniors are choosing an active, independent retirement lifestyle in the urban center of Boston, or if you’re wondering how a luxury senior living community like Waterstone at the Circle can help you live an active and fulfilled life, contact us today at 617.431.1880.

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!