Retirement Communities in Massachusetts

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Retirement Communities in Massachusetts are surrounded with history. They center on historic towns and activities that have endured through the centuries. Horseback riding centers,  Boston seafood restaurants, quaint towns, New England autumns, ponds, and famous universities. 



Retirement here can be citified or countrified--your choice--but some of the best offer both choices with towns located within 30 minutes to Boston.





Newest 55+ Communities in Massachusetts Chart





NAMELocation/Start PriceLink
1. Mascuppic VillageDracut/$300'sMore
2. Holliston WoodsHolliston/$400'sMore
3. Summer ReachPlymouth/Low$400'sMore
4. Regency at Emerald PinesMetheun/$500'sMore
5. LanternsAshland/$400'sMore

More new communities in Massachusetts in Boston area:

Retirement Communities in Boston

  • Highland Meadows Weston - Upscale area and luxury home community of single-family and town homes on 44 acres of prior wooded estate.

Modern construction is coupled with low maintenance for a fresh look with classic design and New England ambience. The area is serene and relaxed suburban very close to city of Boston and area attractions. Meetinghouse with all the amenities. Tennis and walking trails.  Some ready-to-move homes.  44 acres and planned 69 homes and town homes.  Views. 1846 Farmhouse restored on property.

Highland Meadows in Weston
25 Pine Summit Circle, Weston - Phone: 781-893-3335

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North of Boston

Dracut - 36 miles north of Boston

  • New Mascuppic Village - very close to New Hampshire and Nashua, NH - large villa attached homes with luxury features starting $370's - 780 Nashua Rd., Dracut - 978-957-1566 - Wed-Sun 12-3 or by Appt

Metheun - 30 miles north of Boston

  • Stone Castle Estates -  Gated upscale single homes in the Merrimack Valley - Low maintenance community with planned clubhouse.  Ranches or two-stories. By Ronald W. MacLaren.
    978-687-8484
  • New Regency at Emerald Pines - Methuen - By Toll Brothers - ranch and 2-story homes with luxury amenities.  Large 2 and 3-bedroom homes. Pricing starts low $500's. 
    28 Pine Tree Dr., Methuen - 978-557-5511 - Open Daily

Topsfield - 24 miles

Coming - Rolling Green - Topsfield - Mostly 2-bedroom-2 1/2 bath duplex townhomes with garage priced from mid-$500's-mid-$600's (verify).  Green areas, walking trails, community center and more.  Construction to start in about one year by Sarkis Development.  470 Boston St. - 978-475-4055


Reading

Reading Woods condosReading Woods Photo by Pulte
  • New Reading Woods - 10 miles north of Boston - Small to medium size 1-2 bedroom homes in low rise buildings start in mid $300's. Clubhouse, fitness, underground garage and walk paths.  By Pulte.
    55 Jacob Way - 866-306-9286 - Open daily except Monday by appointment.

Northwest of Boston

Acton - 25 miles  

  • Quail Ridge by Pulte - Price: $$$$$ - Spacious 2-bedroom single homes and townhomes (some 2-story floorplans) in historical location with country ambience.  Amenities include 9-hole golf adjacent, clubhouse, tennis, outdoor pool and more.  Starts: $500's  
    354 Great Rd., Acton - Phone: 877-266-0273 - Open daily from 10 am except Monday by appt.  

Westminster - 53 miles northwest

  • The Village at Old Mill - 2 bedroom homes from upper $200's. Small to large floor plans.  Suburban community in a rural area of New England ambiance.  24 miles to Worcester.  2 Kimberly Lane, Westminster - 978-479-8686 - Open weekends - call first to verify

Southwest of Boston

  • North Hill - Needham - 1 and 2 bedroom luxury condominiums in award-winning community 17 miles to Boston with many wellness programs - for age 65+ - Entry fee and monthly fees.
    865 Central Ave., Needham - 877-736-4371
  • New Holliston Woods by Pulte in Holliston - Miles of hiking and biking trails - Convenient to major roads and beaches.  From mid-$400's.  Quaint downtown and called a best place to live.

1830 Washington St., Holliston - 800-808-7348

West of Boston

Ashland - 29 miles

  • New  Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland - Detached condominiums.  Meeting house, pool, trails and more.  Start $400's.

5 Fern Crossing - 508-322-6200 Ask for Judy (Sales) - Model Open Wed thru Sunday.

  • New: Queens Court - Not over 55 but a building plan popular with seniors for downsizing, and hard to find:  Elevator low-rise 1 and 2-bedroom condominiums.  This one coming to Ashland in Middlesex County.  You can reserve one now. There is a model to view in the Village of the Americas.  See plans at Ashland office.  Planned for Spring 2017.  

102 Chestnut Street - 508-881-6662 - Call to view

Sudbury - 21 miles west 

  • Springhouse Pond Condominiums Sudbury - near quaint towncenter of Sudbury and easy commute to Boston - popular community of cluster townhomes - small upscale - Since 2002 - covered porches, open floorplans with great rooms.

Framingham - 23 mi. West

Coming - Former Marist Retreat Center property (518 Pleasant St., Framingham) being purchased by Brendon Homes for 55+ community in the future.  Planned to be townhouse (verify). Verify all information with Brendon Homes and see article.


Independent and Assisted Living

  • Brooksby Village at Peabody near Boston - by Erickson - 62+ age limit - 3 multi-million dollar clubhouses - Swimpool and fitness center - Woodwork Shop - TV Studio - 5 restaurants and cafes - Free shuttle system - Brooksby Village by Erickson
  • Springhouse Independent and Assisted Living in Boston area.

Boston Area Resale Communities

  • Adams Farm - Check with local Realtors for resales - Shrewsbury 40 mi. west of Boston - 90 units - Brendon Properties - 508-485-3999 since 2005.   Gold Street and Memorial Drive (Route 140) Price: $$$$$
  • Autumn Ridge Farm - Ayer - Price: $$$ - Small to medium  homes with garage - maintenance-free community by Gillis Homes - Nearby commuter rail to Boston - Skiing in area - close to shopping and medical - Walk trails and pond on site - Open and spacious with views - Community Center - 502 Autumn Ridge Drive, Ayer (Groton area) 45 Minutes to Boston.
  • Beechwood Village - Marshfield Ma - 79 semi custom homes - Resales
  • Brierley Pond Village in Millbury - Near Auburn central Mass near Worcester - 43 miles to Boston - newer attached homes w/garages - Overlooks Brierley pond - townhouse-style units - wooded setting - within 15 minutes to Grafton MBTA station for commute into Boston.
    18 Brierly Circle, Millbury
  • Canton Point - By Pulte - Spacious 2 BR/2.5 BA townhomes on a wooded waterfront - golf courses in area - Started $500's.  
    475 Turnpike Rd., Canton. See Realtors for resales.
  • Carriage Hill Circle - 25 minutes west of Boston - Old Town, Southborough - near 9 hole golf course - Town named a top best place to live.  Phone: 508-686-5201

  • Dudley Brook Preserve - Sudbury - Award-winning 26 townhomes now sold. The Green Company - chefs kitchen. From $600's. Tall Pine Dr.  
  • English Commons at Topsfield  - 24 miles north Boston - 49 spacious luxurious condominium homes are sold out.  Gated with traditionally styled architecture. Many amenities and extras.
    12 Boston St., Topsfield - Phone: 978-887-3888
  • The Esplanade - Hudson - 140 condominiums in low rise buildings priced in upper $100's and up.  508-528-3500   
  • GreatBrook - Norton - Award-winning community of attached homes completed in 2005.  See local Realtors for resales.
  • Patton Ridge - Hamilton by CP Berry Homes - Only 12 large homes on the historic Patton Homestead in Hamilton.  Also, an equestrian area.  978-887-
  • Pheasant Hill - 35 miles to Boston - 48 one and two-bedroom condominiums with hilltop views - Small to spacious floor plans in elevator building. 35 miles to Boston.  Priced in $300's.  Resales.
    490 Main St., Northborough - 508-667-4696 (Realtor)
Red Mill meeting house and community garden

Red Mill Village Norton Ma By award-winning Thorndike Development - Village Green concept of Traditional Neighborhood Design offers charm just like a New England village of yesterday but with the most sought after interior and exterior features and options.

    Preserved forest land is included in the 53 acres. 156 homes and condominiums. Spacious attached 2-bedroom homes started in low $300's and detached 3-bedroom homes started in the upper $400's. Winner of 8 NAHB awards. 

    Read the Expert Interview about Red Mill Village

  • Regency at Bolton by Toll Brothers - Townhomes in mid $300's - Toll Brothers Massachusetts luxury retirement home community. Resales
  • Regency at Methuen The Meadows collection - gated community of townhomes. By Toll Brothers - from low $300,000's - resales
  • Regency at Methuen-Villas Collection - about 30 miles to Boston - near new retail village "The Loop" - from mid $300's - Energy Star Certified (verify)
  • Rockland Glen Rockland - 22 miles southeast of Boston - 60 luxury medium and large condominium townhomes on 65 wooded acres by custom builder - 2 BR/2 1/2 baths with many luxury features such as gas stove - Price: $$$-$$$$ started in the upper $300,000's - low monthly condo fee - 2 miles to Rte 3 and 21 miles to Boston.  Marrocco Builders.  414 Hingham St. - 781-243-9262
  • Village at Ames Pond Stoughton, Ma - suburban town 20 miles from Boston with access to commuter rails. Resales - see local Realtors.
  • Village at Maple Ridge by Applewood Construction - (28 miles to Boston and near New Hampshire border) 72 single-family spec homes and lots - high $300's - The development is on 100 acres and also includes estates (sold) and apartments  - Old Tyng Rd., Tyngsborough 
  • The Village at Raymond's Creek in Georgetown, Ma - 30 miles to Boston - Luxury homes By Gillis Homes - Off Rte 95 exit 54B  on Raymond Court.  See resales.


Coastal Areas

North Shore/Danvers Area

  • ARIA at Hawthorne Hill - On the North Coast approx. 20 miles above Boston.  Townhouses start in upper $500's.  Luxury features and views. Clubhouse, pool, grandchildren's play area, walking paths  and more.  
    100 Kirkbride Dr., Danvers - 978-927-1959 - Open Thurs-Sunday

Plymouth/Cape Cod

Now pre-selling and coming 2017:  Summer Reach

By Thorndyke - another great community of singles and attached homes priced from very low $400's.  New England design and one mile to Plymouth.

249 Summer St., Plymouth - See builder's hours to review

  • Toll Brothers at the Pinehills - Skipping Stone neighborhood - Plymouth - By Toll Brothers - Resort community of 40 award-winning single homes from upper $400's.  Pinehills Golf Club.  Pools, tennis, walk paths and more.  Not 55+ but active living.
    24 Skipping Stone, Plymouth - 508-209-2500
  • Seton Highlands at the Pinehills - The Pinehills - Spacious 2-bedroom homes by Design Housing in this master community from the low $600's.  The Seton Club amenities include recreation and pool.  
    63 Seton Highlands, Plymouth - 508-209-0620

Cape Cod/Mashpee

  • Southport - Mashpee - Award-winning community of 2-bedroom, cape cod-styled attached homes.  New homes added.  Priced from $400's.  Over 90% sold.
    10 Atlantic Court, Mashpee - 800-840-7775 - Open Daily 9-5

Chatham/Cape Cod

  • Chatham House - By Wise Communities - 500-600SF 10 unit 1-BR co-op - elevator bldg. - monthly fee for services and amenities. Walk to quaint town and shops.  Dining room for chef-prepared meals.  On-call staff.  Rentals.
  • Park Place - By Wise Communities - 29 2-bedroom condominiums plus monthly fee for amenities.  Walk paths through gardens, exercise room and more. Chef prepared meals in dining room.  Priced in $400's.

Woods Hole

  • Coming The Nautilus at Woods Hole by Wise Communities - elevator condominiums. Will overlook Little Harbor and Vineyard Sound.
    508-540-3700

Middleborough

  • Oak Point - Hometown America manufactured homes in a country club lifestyle.  Two outdoor pools and indoor pool.  Clubhouse, tennis courts and social activities.
    200 Oak Point Dr. - 508-923-0002

Sold Out in Coastal Areas

  • Great Island at The Pinehills by Del Webb within master planned community of The Pinehills - At Plymouth surrounded by natural woodlands and premium lots with ocean vistas of Plymouth Bay. Variety of homeplans and 600 homes to be built. Fishable lake, Fitness Center, Game Rooms, water/marina, trails,boating, golf, outdoor heated pool, started from $277,900 and up. Price: $$-$$$ - 60 golf courses within this area. 15 minutes to Cape Cod and 40 minutes to Boston. 26 Valley Front, Plymouth - Sold Out 
  • Ocean Meadow  - One left or sold out - located 5 miles to Newburyport area - Price: $$$$$ - Upscale community on 29 acres by Gillis Homes - 56 Spacious townhomes with lofts for guests/office space - Community garden for residents - Starting in mid-$500's.  Located on Rte 113 (exit 57 off Rt 95).  
  • The Melrose of Harwich Port - 29 low maintenance 2 bedroom-2 bath condos in elevator building, some with garage parking. By Wise Living.  Rear courtyard. Chef prepared meals in dining room. Concierge.  Currently sold out.
    601 Rte 28, West Harwich, Ma.
  • Orleans Place - sold out - By Wise Communities - Low maintenance community in elevator building. 41 condo residences on lower cape. Concierge.  Built in 2005. 18 West Rd., Orleans
  • Village at West Gloucester  - Cape Ann - Luxury homes community near Wingaersheek Beach.  Beautiful New England architecture using shingle-style, common to New England coastal homes. Energy Star. Very large homes designed to accommodate your large furniture pieces collected over the years. Price: $$$$$$ Started at $599,000 and up. Tuscan arches, molding, eyebrow windows give 19th and early 20th century ambience.  Boston is a 45-minute drive or commuter rail ten minutes away.
  • Whitestone Village - Sold out - 100 small to medium condominium homes on 30 acres by Gillis Homes - Community Center  

Central Massachusetts (suburban and country)

Harvard

  • Trail Ridge at Harvard - Harvard, Ma - Not the university - another small country town in the heart of Massachusetts horse country (Central Massachusetts) - equestrian facility nearby - Price: $$$$ - From $400's - 40 acres of 52 homes - only 24 are age-restricted
    Phone: 978-877-0026; Call for appt - open hours 2-4 Sat/Sun

Holden

  • Village at Westminster Place - Holden, Ma - central Mass - blended family concept - One member 55+ - Single 3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bath homes - Price: $$$ - mid-$300's.  New England contemporary-styled.  North of Worcester between Salisbury St. and Rte 122A - 508-881-6662 

Hudson

Westridge homes in Hudson, Massachusetts
  • WestRidge - Hudson - Another award-winning community by Thorndike Development - condominium community with Village Green - Metrowest intersection - 135 2 and 3 bedroom spacious attached and detached homes - attached homes start upper mid-$300's. Price: $$$-$$$$$ 

Property is a traditional design neighborhood bordering Assabet River and open space. Many walk paths, clubhouse, pool and more.

WestRidge by Thorndike Development in Hudson
6 WestRidge Rd., Hudson - 978-567-9994; Open Daily 12-4 or by appt


Leicester

  • Oakridge Estates Leicester - 3 phases planned - Emerson homes - Small to medium-sized homes - walk trails and open space - designed to be New England Village style.
    1B Swanson Rd., Auburn - Phone: (508) 450-4219

Resales in Central Massachusetts

  • Angell Brook Village - West Boylston near Worcester - mid-$200's price range - Senior amenities nearby. 2-bedroom homes with energy features and low condo fees.  

  • Blue Heron Pond - Lancaster (oldest town in Massachusetts) - townhomes with rural character in area of equestrian estates - golf course within 2 miles of community with "Senior Season Pass."
  • Country Club Acres - Worcester Start low $300,000's - 508-898-0055 (office) 508-326-0812 (cell) Ansari Builders (Boston Metrowest)
  • Salisbury Hill - Worcester - spacious homes - country club style with pool in midst of city of Worcester - enjoy a city life with a nature backdrop - 1 hour to Boston -  727 Salisbury St., Worcester - Resales
  • Summerfield at Foxboro - Foxboro - singles with that feeling of the past - 35 min to Boston Sold out. Summerfield Properties - Energy features
  • Summerfield at Grafton by Summerfield 55 and better homes Blackstone Valley - new - just 25 homes - Sold Out
  • Summerfield at Taft Hill - Uxbridge, Ma. - Summerfield Communities - 2 BR/2 Bath singles, 2-car garage with Energy Star features - classic small quaint New England town near Worcester - historic town offers country living with lots of open space for hiking, biking, hunting, horseback, fishing - 557 acres of land in town for activities - the large historic buildings in town are kept up by the Historic Society. Energy Star rated.  Priced in $300's.  See Realtors for resales.
    Phone: 508-278-5005 
  • Seasons at Salisbury Holden, Ma - Central location but close to Boston. 2 BR floorplans - only 91 homes.  See Realtors for resales  
  • The Residences at Robbins Brook Acton, Ma from $300's Resales
  • Twelve Oaks at Stafford Hills Leicester - Gated community of duplex homes, wooded ambience. Clubhouse, pool, walking trails, putting green. $200,000's--good value retirement homes. Sold out.
  • Farmers Row Adult Community Lunenburg, ma - This complex consists of only 18 units of 2 BR's/2 Baths on one level, condo development with garages, basements, decks on ten country acres. Resales

More resale Retirement Communities in Central Massachusetts:

  • Meetinghouse at Stow 34 Meeting House Ln Stow,ma - (978) 823-0600 - 75 units - built 2004 - resales - 2br/2ba condos w garages - planned community activities near Bolton and Marlborough (near military bases)

Words for the Ages:..."And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you...ask what you can do for your country"...John F. Kennedy, Senator from Massachusetts and President of the United States.

  • Zain Ridge at Milford - 2 br detached condos of singles - check status of community with local Realtors - resales
  • Northbridge Condos on Spruce Street - Northbridge ma Attached condos in $200-300's range - 2BR ranch-style w/garages resales
  • Daniel Drive condos in Oxford - "only over 55 community in Oxford" - in $200's ranch-style attached w garage near Pine Ridge Country Club.
  • Highland Village Paxton - Ranch-style duplex homes wih garages, basements - in $200,000's range - Built in 2009 - Resales
  • Mark Circle Rutland 2 br/2ba ranch-style condos with garages newer small community of 22 units near Worcester central ma - In upper 100's kitchen appliances energy star rated (please verify for individual homes)nearby horse facilities (verify)
  • Orchard Meadow Shrewsbury, Ma - built 2004 in $300,000's range - resales - 2br 2 l/2 ba condos - spacious homes
  • The Villages at Crane Meadow 2 br 2 1.2 ba townhouse style newer condos in $200's w garage - Deerfield Run, Marlboro (bet Worcester&boston) Some upscale amenities available: gas fireplaces, hardwood floors,basements,front porches, cathedral ceilings.
  • Faxon Farm Shrewsbury near Stow - upscale - Wolf range and subzero in kitchen(verify) Very spacious 2 BR condos On Patriot Lane since 2005 Worcester County - resales
  • Crescent Gate Active Adult Community Fiskdale - large 2BR homes in $300's verify - resales
  • Kenneth Village Upton MA $359,900 - very small only 8 units - minutes to 495 route. Master suite with vaulted ceilings.
  • Juniper Hill Uxbridge Ma - 60 units neighborhood sensitive community - In $200,000's range
  • Concord Court Webster - duplexes
  • Hillside Village West Boylston - energy efficient features

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Independent/Assisted Living
in Central Massachusetts

  • Meadows Estates - Marlborough - The Meadows CCRC community for independent living and New Horizons for assisted living on a 30-acre campus.  Adjacent to Marlborough Country Club and surrounded by conservation land (verify) - Indoor pool and more.  Low entry fee.
    400 Hemenway St., Marlborough, Mass. -  508-460-5200

  • NewBridge on the Charles - Dedham - Harvard Medical School affiliate - CCRC commute distance to Boston - various housing options and financial plans - choose rental and no entry fee or entry fee and monthly fee.  Beautiful 162-acre campus with many amenities for continuum of care. By Hebrew Senior Life.  A unique feature is for intergenerational experience - an elementary school is on campus where the senior residents can volunteer.
    5000 Great Meadow Rd. (2nd driveway for Independent living) - 781-234-9020
  • Orchard Cove - Canton - Award-winning CCRC and Independent living south of Boston - Entry fee and monthly fee - rates posted on site - Harvard Medical School affiliate which means you can use their doctors (geriatrics) or your own. Indoor swim pool/Jacuzzi, garden beds, art studio, woodshop, tennis, walking, beauty salon and more. Fee includes one meal/day, housekeeping and more.
    One Del Pond Dr., Canton - 781-821-1730
  • Waterstone at Wellesley - Independent and assisted living on the waterfront.
    Gourmet dining, elegant residences, indoor pool, concierge, and more.   Urban environment - walk to restaurants, hospital. 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.
    23 Washington St., Wellesley, MA. - 781-235-1614

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