Senior Living Reviews

Reviews: Aging With Freedom’s dynamic list of Retirement Community reviews conducted as part of our journey.  

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These senior living communities on our wishlist to visit and review soon. Let us know if there’s a standout candidate in your area as we plan our travels. We’d love to review a senior living community you think merits attention. Share your suggestions in the comments below.



Phoenix New Times — ASU Plans 20-Story Tower (2016)


RE Business Online — CCRC in Phoenix Completes $13.2M, 60 unit Expansion (2016)


Altavita Village (Air Force Village West)

Altavita Village, How Not to Crash and Burn (2018)

Senior Housing Forum: When a CCRC is on it’s way to tanking…(2018) 

Senior Housing Forum: Malingering Collapse Air Force Village West (2018)

Bonnie Russell: Altavita will the residents be able to save our veterans when so many don’t seem to care (2018) 

The Press-Enterprise: Resident sues operators of Riverside retirement home, Altavita Village, over sale to for-profit group (2017)

The Press-Enterprise: Why residents are worried about sale of Altavita Village, a Riverside retirement community (2018)

Burbank Senior Artist Colony

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)

USA Today: Seniors try artist colony as retirement option (2013) 

Fountaingrove Lodge

LA Times: Northern California Fires Live Devastation in Fountaingrove (2017)

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)

Rancho Mission Viejo

Curbed: The changing face of retirement: Apartment living, active lifestyles, and rural homes (2018) 

LA Times: A new generation of senior housing is making ‘elderly islands’ obsolete (2017)


Balfour at Riverfront Park

The Balfour at Riverfront Park: CCRC LifeCast Review (2016)

Balfour at Riverfront Park: Emerging Trends in the News (2015)

Senior Housing News — The New Urban CCRC: A Smaller, Smarter Senior Living Option (2015)

The Denver Post — Restored Moffat depot part of luxury residences for seniors in Denver (2015)

Video — Balfour Grand Opening (2015) 

The Denver Post — Construction for seniors is surging in metro Denver (2014)

Senior Housing News — In the Pipeline (2013)

The Denver Post — New partner found for downtown Denver senior-living housing project (2012)

Vi at Highlands Ranch

Denver Business Journal — Behind the List (2014)

Senior Housing News — Classic Residence by Hyatt in Highlands Ranch Celebrates Grand Opening (2008)

Denver Business Journal — Senior Housing Industry (2008)

Saunders — Construction (2005)


Elim Park

Elim Park : Explore the possibilities Active Aging Week 2016 (2016) 

Essex Meadows

Globe News Wire — LCS Acquires Senior Living Communities in Florida and Connecticut (2018)


Cypress Lakes

Northwestern Mutual — Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)

Latitude Margaritaville

The Daytona Beach News-Journal — Margaritaville Daytona rated No. 1 55+ community in nation (2018)

The Washington Post — Adopting a laid-back attitude at Latitude Margaritaville (2018)

The Daytona Beach News-Journal — Exclusive sneak peek inside Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ (2017)

The Daytona Beach News-Journal — Margaritaville Effect  (2017)

Sandhill Cove

Globe News Wire — LCS Acquires Senior Living Communities in Florida and Connecticut (2018)

The Springs at South Biscayne

Herald Tribune — Blending faith and elder care (2014) 


Lake Vista at Eagle’s Landing

Senior Housing News — Senior Living Meets Mega-Churches in Innovative Development Model (2016)

RE Business Online — Omega Communities to Develop $45M Seniors Housing Property in Metro Atlanta (2016)

Atlanta Business Chronicle — $45 million continuing care community coming to Stockbridge (2016)

The Marshes at Skidaway Island

Kiplinger — Retire in Style at a Continuing Care Retirement Community (2018)


Senior Housing News — Thrive Senior Living Opens New Assisted Living Community (2016) 


Plymouth Place

RE Business Online — $56.3 million in fixed-rate bonds for Plymouth Place Senior Living (2016)

The Admiral at the Lake

The Admiral at the Lake: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

The Admiral at the Lake: Emerging Design Trends (2015)

Chicago Tribune — Area senior communities have deep roots (2016)

Senior Housing News — Senior Living Providers Plant Seeds and Watch Wellness, Sales Grow (2015)

Houz — FMA Interior Design, Inc. (2014)

Chicago Health — More than Bridge and Bingo (2013)

RE Journal — The Admiral at the Lake tops-off construction on new facility (2011)

Chicago Tribune — Redevelopment set for Admiral senior complex (2007)


Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)



Deerfield: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

Deerfield: Uneven Hospitality (2015)

Iowa Public Radio — Retirement living 21-year-old (2016)

Business Record — Drake student strikes deal to live, perform at retirement community (2015)

Green Hills

Green Hills: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)


Ranch House

Senior Housing News — Midwest Health Senior Living Community Starts Construction (2016)

Village Shalom

Long Term Living — A $47M CCRC modern overhaul (2016)


Symphony Village

Bay Times — Symphony Village expanding clubhouse (2018)

New York Times — Retirement in a Community. but Which One? (2015) 


Brooksby Village

Brooksby Village: CCRC In The News (2015)


Cardigan Ridge

Senior Housing Business — $17.9M Construction Loan for 120-Unit Community in Minnesota (2016)

Cherry Pointe of Minnetonka

Senior Housing News — Minnesota Senior Living Community Breaks Ground (2016) 

Ecumen Seasons

Senior Housing News — Ecumen Opens New Senior Housing in Apple Valley, Minnesota (2011)

Harmony River

Senior Housing News — Leaders Celebrate Groundbreaking of New Minnesota Senior Center & Housing Project (2010)

Keystone of Eagan

RE Business Online — KeyBank Secures $31.7M in Loans for Two Minnesota Seniors Housing Properties (2016)

Keystone of Prior Lake

RE Business Online — KeyBank Secures $31.7M in Loans for Two Minnesota Seniors Housing Properties (2016)

North Ridge

McKnight Senior Living — Improving quality of life is goal of senior living tech initiative (2017)

Rivers, The: CCRC LifeCast Review

Shores of Lake Phalen, The

RE Business Online — $30M Sale of 105-Unit Seniors Housing Community in Minnesota (2016)

Sterling Pointe

Senior Housing Business — $6M FHA Refinancing for Community in Minnesota (2016)

Trillium Woods

Senior Housing Business — $161M CCRC in Minnesota (2016)

12 TV — Trillium Woods aims to redefine (2015)

New Hampshire

Kendal at Hanover

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)

Riverwoods Durham

PR Newswire — RiverWoods Durham Breaks Ground for New Continuing Care Retirement Community (2018)

New Hampshire Business Review — RiverWoods Durham sells out in six weeks (2018)

Union Leader — Meeting a growing demand: Affiliation of 2 retirement communities will add benefits for residents (2016)

Silver Square

Senior Housing Business — $15.1M Construction Financing for LCB Development in New Hampshire (2016)

New York

Crotona Senior

Senior Housing News — Largest LGBT Senior Community Underway in New York City (2016) 

Fountaingate Gardens

Fox Run Orchard Park

Business Wire — Fitch Ratings of Fox Run at Orchard Park

Ingersoll Senior

Senior Housing News — Largest LGBT Senior Community Underway in New York City (2016) 

Inspir Carnegie Hill

CityRealty — Inspir Carnegie Hill: Luxury Senior Housing w/ Sky Garden Rises on the Upper East Side (2019)

PR Newswire — Inspīr Carnegie Hill Transforms Senior Living In New York City (2019)

MarketWatch — Inspir Carnegie Hill Transforms Senior Living In New York City (2019)

Jefferson’s Ferry

Kendal on Hudson

Pace University — Kendal on Hudson partners with Pace University (2019)

Peconic Landing

McNight’s Senior Living — Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community’s smartphone app (2017)


The Real Deal — Long Island Cheat Sheet: Tax breaks sought for Plainview senior housing conversion (2019)

Newsday — Plainview Residence Inn to lay off staff of 80 for renovation, rebranding (2018)

The Amsterdam at Harborside

The Knolls, a Bethel Community

North Carolina

Croasdaile Village

The Herald Sun — With thousands of boomers retiring every day, Durham retirement community plans $70M expansion (2017)

Pine Forest Plantation

Long Term Living — Doctors Set Up Shop At Local CCRC (2016)


Ganzhorn Suites

Architect of Change of the Week: Eleanor Alvarez

Judson Retirement Communities

Judson Retirement Communities: CCRC In The New (2015)


Senior Housing News — Otterbein Envisions ‘Invisible’ CCRC (2016)

Spruce Creek Fly-In

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)


The Ranch

Stillwater News Press — Judge appoints a receiver to sell The Ranch retirement community (2018)

Stillwater News Press — Construction halted on The Ranch retirement community (2018)

Stillwater News Press — Stillwater couple looking forward to life on The Ranch (2016)

PRWEB — Ziegler Closes $110.96 Million Financing for Epworth Living at The Ranch (2016)

RDG Planning and Design — Official Groundbreaking (2016)

Stillwater News Press — Ready for Retirement (2016)



Rose Villa : Emerging Design Trends (2015)

Village Green Retirement Campus

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)


The Crossings at West Shore — $30M senior living facility coming to Cumberland County  (2017)

Cathedral Village

McKnight’s — Cathedral Village completes $3.2 million renovation (2016)

Kendal at Longwood

Kendal at Longwood: Experiences Life at a Continuing Care Retirement Community Book Review (2015)

Scarlet Oaks

Marcus & Millichap — Scarlet Oaks is sold for $4.5 Million (2016)

Sycamore Springs

Senior Housing News — Best Independent Living Design of 2018: A Senior Living Spin on a Pocket Neighborhood (2019)

South Carolina

Ridge at Chukker Creek

Northwestern Mutual: Are Niche Retirement Communities the Future for Retirees? (2016)


The Heritage at Brentwood

The Heritage at Brentwood: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

The Heritage: First Impressions Matter (2015)

Tennessean — The Heritage at Brentwood’s walk-in clinic offers convenience for seniors (2015)

Senior Housing News — Tenn. Life Care Services Community Plans $9 Million Expansion (2012)

Livability: Brentwood, TN  — A Great Place to Retire (2011)


Presbyterian Village North

McKnight’s — Dallas CCRC announces progress in expansion (2016)


Lucy Corr Village

RE Business Online — $21.2M for Expansion in Richmond Suburb (2016)


Emerald Heights

RE Business Online — Emerald Communities Completes $60M Expansion (2016)

Franke Tobey Jones

Business Examiner — Major expansion planned for 90-year-old senior community (2016)

Judson Park

Judson Park: Des Moines, WA

Judson Park: Community Wellness with Mission

Masterpiece Living — Masterpiece Living Designates Four New Certified Centers for Successful Aging (2016)

ABHOW Corporate Video — Sodexo + ABHOW: Innovating Dining in Senior Living

Morningstar Business Wire —Fitch Affirms American Baptist Homes of the West (CA) Rev Bonds at ‘BBB+’; Outlook Stable (2016)

Senior Housing Business — Five critical points you need to know about ACOs (2015)

AGETECH WEST — AGETECH Starts “Senior Exergames” Initiative (2014)

Timber Ridge at Talus

RE Business Online — LCS Development Nears Completion of $154.5M, 180-Unit CCRC Expansion Near Seattle (2016)


Cottages at Cedar Run

Cottages at Cedar Run: Emerging Design Trends (2015)

Saint John’s on the Lake

Urban Milwaukee: Let Us Celebrate Saint John’s Third Tower (2018) 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Saint John’s on the Lake to start construction on 22-story Milwaukee east side housing tower (2018)


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  1. Amid the housing downturn, many CCRCs saw occupancy rates drop because prospective residents had trouble selling their homes.

    • You are so right. CCRCs are like other real estate investments, illiquid, especially in an economic downturn or difficult real estate market. And the finances of CCRCs are dependent upon high occupancy rates. Most new residents have to sell their existing home to afford the typical CCRC buy-in. (CCRC buy-ins are often priced so as to closely match the average home value of the target customer.) When existing homes aren’t selling, people aren’t moving into CCRCs. Inability to get new residents can be brutal on a facility’s finances. Several bankruptcies resulted from the 2008 financial crisis. New facilities that couldn’t sell out were hurt. Even some existing facilities were hit hard. But certainly not all. This is why it’s so important to get it right the first time when buying into a CCRC. Financial stability is an important consideration, but financial stability is a function of success in creating a community that attracts new residents year-after-year. A rule of thumb is an occupancy rate greater than 90% is good. Waiting lists to get into a preferred community speak volumes. Moving into the wrong CCRC is very costly. The right one supports successful aging and social engagement. They can be the perfect antidote to the loneliness of aging in place. But the wrong one can be a disaster, both financially and emotionally.

  2. Yes, I think so. CCRCs resemble other land speculations, illiquid, particularly in a monetary downturn or troublesome land showcase. Furthermore, the funds of CCRCs are reliant upon high inhabitance rates. Most new occupants need to pitch their current home to manage the cost of the ordinary CCRC purchase in. I really appreciate this point.

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