The midwest is a low-cost area compared to other areas of the U.S. and when you combine that with affordable housing, rent rates can be extremely low. However, in many areas, your income limits are also very low making it harder to qualify for those with a higher income range.
The midwest areas offer some healthy living spots and a low cost of living. Minneapolis ranks #1 on the Forbes Top 20 Healthiest Cities list. Also often mentioned are Madison, Wisc., Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ohio, and Ann Arbor, Mich. as well as others.
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Twin Lakes Senior Villas - Near Champaign/Urbana - 2 bedroom villas start $700. (verify as rents can change) - Many great features like washer/dryer, step-in shower, kitchen with island, parking, controlled access and attached garage. Pet friendly (inquire). Rents: $308.-$850.
405 Twin Lakes Dr., Rantoul - Call to see 888-210-8591
Patterson Pointe - 1 and 2 bedroom apts in 4-story elevator building for 55+ - washer/dryer connections, laundry room, central air, fitness center, community room, step-in shower, controlled access entry, pets ok (see policy), and more. Rents: $507.-$751.
454 South Westplex Avenue, Bloomington
Central Park Place - 3-story elevator building of affordable 1 and 2-bedrooms for 55+
1500 13th St., Columbus - Call anytime at 812-669-1439
The Park Lofts at Huntington - Income-qualified 1 and 2-bedroom apts for 55+. Many features including pantry, large bath and some have walk-in closets. Near health care, shopping, transportation, restaurants and more. $455.-$600. 41 East Park Dr., Huntington - 888-983-4355
The Lofts at St. Joseph's - For 55+ in Dubois County by Miller-Valentine. Renovation of former St. Joseph's Hospital. Rents: $499-$599.
1900 Medical Arts Dr.
Washington Street - 4 story elevator building of 1 and 2-bedrooms - public transportation nearby for shopping, restaurants, entertainment. Luxury at affordable rates. 400 No. Washington St. - 866-835-2760
One Penrose Place - 3-story elevator building of 1 and 2 bedrooms with one bath - Smoke-free and pet friendly. Rents: $538.-$799.
9115 Hawkins Rd. - 317-543-9848
Meadow Vista Sr Villas - 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath with attached garage, washer/dryer, extra storage, smoke-free and pet friendly. Clubhouse with community room. Income restricted - 1806 28th Ave. SW, Altoona - 515-967-6878
Luther Heights - Bettendorf - For 62+ - by Homz - many unique features - one-bedrooms in elevator building - meal site - smoke-free (except for grandfathered) - beauty/barber on site - planned social activities - small pets, convenient to city bus and more.
3116 Devils Glen Rd - 563-332-9250 - weekends by appt - weekdays 8AM-4:30PM
Newton Place Apartments - 2-bedrooms for 62+ in elevator apartment building - amenities include washer/dryer, step-in shower, central air, community area, fitness and more. Rents: $391.-$515.
222 No. 4th Ave., Newton - 800-329-7368 - Affordable pricing
The upper peninsula of Michigan is heavily wooded and has longer and colder winters than the lower peninsula.
Spring Valley Apartments - 31 one bedrooms. Laundry facilities on site. Community room. For elderly. 100 Spring Avenue - 906-265-9060
Please see next page for the Lower Peninsula communities.
Pinewood - 1 and 2-bedrooms from $549. for 62+ (verify) - garden apartments - 12 month lease - Arrowhead region - sorry no pets. Very low income restrictions. Dining area and heat/hot water included (verify).
6717 Old Sawmill Rd., Harris, Minnesota - 763-552-8696
Centennial Terrace - 1 and 2 bedrooms for 62+ near town for shopping, restaurants etc. - secured entry, lawn care, coin operated laundry, emergency pull cord and more.
380 1st St. E, Milaca - 320-982-5405 - closed Sat/Sun/Mon
Onamia Town Square - This community offers separate buildings for seniors and for families. The senior building offers 1-bedrooms with pull cords and grab bars in bath. Community room. Near Mille Lacs Lake for fishing, beaches and golf.
204 Railroad Ave. W, Onamia MN - 320-532-5001
Southwick Manor - 1 and 2 bedrooms in 4-story elevator building with walk-in closets and washer/dryer connections - amenities include community areas, fitness center, and theater. Southwest corner of Southwick Blvd and Pearl Rd. - 866-263-8585
Ridgewood Senior Villas - Private entries and patios define these 2-bedroom homes for 55+ - live in the country and be near the city - attached garage, washer/dryer connections, supportive services if needed, community activities.
1065 East Beal Ave., Bucyrus - 419-562-8737
Alexandra - Historic Walnut Hills near transportation and walk to public library - controlled access elevator building for 55+ - $438.-$551.
921 William Howard Taft Rd. - 513-961-5707
Kingston Mound Manor - (Columbus Area) country living in over 1000SF patio homes with attached garages, washer/dryer connections and private entries. Supportive services can be arranged if necessary. Now on third phase. 1845 Arrowhead Court - 740-420-6212
Church Square Commons - Centrally located in Cleveland for 55+ - maintenance-free 1 and 2-bedrooms. Rents: $296.-$761.
7338 Euclid Ave.
Walnut Run - For 55+ 2-bedroom Senior villas with attached garage, washer/dryer connections, supportive services can be arranged by management. 62 miles to Cleveland. 105 Sunshine Ave. - 740-477-5918
Valley Apartments for 62+ - On western border with Iowa in Mississippi Valley area with outdoor recreation and quiet - 1-bedroom apts in small town - some utilities included - small pets ok (verify) - easy single level, parking, laundry facilities
325 N. Bagley Ave., Bagley - 608-996-2373 - Call for appointment
Brodview Manor for 55+ in Brodhead - very low incomes have priority - single level entrances - 1-bedrooms - quiet residential near shopping, churches and health clinics. Small pets ok (verify). Laundry area. Smoke-free environment (except for those grandfathered) - Park-like.
Mostly by appointment except Tues and Thurs 8AM-2:30PM -
Homestead Village - for 55+ by Heritage Senior - 1 and 2 bedroom affordable apartments - activities and amenities such as beauty salon, Fitness Center, balconies
320 Colome St., Chippewa Falls - 715-726-9664
Note: See other communities in Wisconsin by Heritage on their website for
Farnham Village for 62+ - 1 bedrooms ranch-style homes - 27 miles to Madison
938 Farnham St., Columbus - By Appointment call 608-833-0106
Village Green 62+ - minutes to Dubuque, Iowa - ground level one bedrooms - planned social activities, laundry facilities, quiet area, shopping bus trips
1410 21st St., Hazel Green, Wisc - open times variable - 608-854-2177
Riverview Heights for 62+ - Many outstanding features makes this a popular place - One-bedrooms along Rock River - Smoke-free environment (except for those grandfathered), meal site, heat included, small pets, assigned parking, beauty/barber on-site, nearby clinics, front door bus service, social activities, fitness and more.
930 N. Washington St. - Weekends by appt - Weekday hours vary -
Shore Manor - 32 1 and 2-bedroom low income apts.
3021 Shore Dr., Marinette, Wisc.
Lapham Park - 179 1-bedroom units and 22 2-bedrooms for 62+
1901 N. 6th St., Milwaukee - apply through Milwaukee housing authority
Heritage Court - Market rate and some below-market rents from $700's - requires yearly recertification - 1 and 2-bedrooms in 3-story building - each floor has a common area and laundry room. They have an affiliated company that provides in-home fee services if necessary. On-site management is also available for small jobs.
A nice extra program is the optional meals for 55+. At a low cost, a meal can be served. Residents volunteer to serve meals, cleaning etc. This program looks like it can substantially lower your food bills (verify).
600 W. Packer Ave., Oshkosh - 920-231-4733
Woodland Village - 1 and 2 bedrooms - social activities and potlucks - spacious apartments have air cond. and full kitchens. Near healthcare in quiet area.
1300 N. Wisconsin Ave., Rice Lake, Wisc.
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