The Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston is a city with a rich history, ethnically diverse neighborhoods and an abundance of museums and performing arts centers, making it an appealing retirement option for seniors. The city has a relatively large senior community that comprises over 10% of the population of nearly 700,000 people. While winters tend to be harsh in Boston, with lows around 20 degrees and an average annual snowfall of 48 inches, summers are mild and pleasant with highs in the low 80s, providing active seniors with ample opportunities to enjoy the city's amenities.

With a high cost of living and above-average senior care expenses, Boston may not be a financially economical choice for seniors seeking assisted living. According to the 2019 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, senior care in Boston is notably higher than state and national averages. Assisted living, for example, costs an average of $6,442 per month in Boston, which is about $800 higher than the statewide median and nearly $2,400 higher than the national median. The city's cost of living is also high at about 40% higher than the state average and 80% higher than the national average. Most types of retirement income, with the exceptions of Social Security benefits and public pensions, are fully taxed at the state level, which may impact a senior's monthly budget.

Take a look at our top 10 assisted living facilities in Boston to see which one may be the right fit for you.

The Best Assisted Living Facilities in Boston

Landmark at Longwood

Address: 63 Parker Hill Ave, Boston, MA 02120
Phone Number: (617) 917-3297
Website: https://landmarkseniorliving.com/community/longwood-boston-ma/

This facility starts out our top 10 list of assisted living communities in Boston, and it's ripe with historic charm. Located on the New England Baptist Medical Campus in the former Baptist School of Nursing building, it's close to all of Boston's major attractions, including Olmstead Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden. Residents of this facility enjoy apartments with private bathrooms and unique layouts that add to the bespoke charm, and the dining room, solarium and common areas provide space to chat with other neighbors.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,700
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: 99
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 71

Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown

Address: 9 W School St., Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone Number: (617) 241-0328
Website: https://www.zelmalaceyhouse.com/

Residents of Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown get the best of both worlds when it comes to a quiet, serene living environment and easy access to the shops and amenities in the nearby downtown area. Seniors can enjoy quiet time in the library or meditation room or join other residents in the great room, restaurant-style dining room or activity room. Resident care aides are available 24/7, and emergency maintenance services are available during off hours.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed 
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 109
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 29

Susan Bailis Assisted Living

Address: 352 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: (617) 247-1010
Website: http://hallkeenal.com/susan-bailis-boston/susan-bailis-about-us/

Located between the Columbus and Northeastern University neighborhoods, Susan Bailis assisted living facility keeps residents near the arts and cultural opportunities that abound in this area of Boston. Seniors can also enjoy these activities on-site with a creative arts program and music concerts offered on a regular basis. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are available, all with private bathrooms and kitchens, so residents can maintain their independence.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed 
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 82
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 24

Standish Village

Address: 1190 Adams St., Boston, MA 02124
Phone Number: (617) 298-5656
Website: https://www.seniorlivingresidences.com/communities/boston-standish-village/

Nestled in a picturesque neighborhood just north of the Neponset River and next to ample green spaces, Standish Village is an assisted living facility that is known for its supportive care and active lifestyle opportunities. Its apartments feature high ceilings and large windows for plenty of natural light, and the decor is updated yet traditional for a design that matches the history of the building. An executive chef is in charge of designing and preparing the food, and meals are designed around nutrition to support brain health.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed 
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: Not Listed 
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 3.7 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 33

Compass on the Bay Assisted Living

Address: 1380 Columbia Rd., South Boston, MA 02127
Phone Number: (617) 268-5450
Website: https://www.seniorlivingresidences.com/communities/boston-compass-on-the-bay/

Within blocks of Joe Moakley Park and the harbor, Compass on the Bay assisted living is on this list of Boston's top 10 assisted living facilities for its seaside views and home-like atmosphere. This facility encourages residents to have visitors and has dedicated parking for when they come so they don't have to worry about finding parking on the street. This facility has hiking trails, arts and crafts classes and group activities, and residents can enjoy peace of mind thanks to the 24-hour staff and overnight checks.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed 
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: Not Listed 
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 30

Brookdale Quincy Bay

Address: 99 Brackett St., Quincy, MA 02169
Phone Number: (617) 472-4457
Website: https://www.brookdale.com/en/communities/brookdale-quincy-bay.html?cid=yext

Brookdale Quincy Bay is located just south of the Southern Artery, which makes it easy for residents to get around the greater Boston area. This facility offers truly maintenance-free living with all housekeeping, cooking and snow removal taken care of, and residents can enjoy their golden years in the cozy and tastefully decorated apartments. A billiards room, beauty salon and computer room are on-site, and residents can also enjoy a stroll through the grounds or an afternoon sitting on the patio.

Starting Monthly Cost: $2,600
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 90
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 3.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 139

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

Address: 50 Sutherland Rd., Brighton, MA 02135
Phone Number: (617) 612-5526
Website: https://www.benchmarkseniorliving.com/senior-living/ma/brighton/chestnut-park-at-cleveland-circle?utm_source=yext-google& ;amp;utm_medium=local-listings& ;amp;utm_campaign=comm-cpc-local-listing-google-feb19

Just a few blocks from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Park, this assisted living facility is great for residents who want to be near green spaces and have the opportunity for walks and bikes around the paths. This facility takes the Live Now, Live Well approach, which focuses on creating a holistic, personalized care program that focuses on all six aspects of seniors' well-being: learn, explore, socialize, exercise, discover and create. To assist with this, the facility has group activities and classes and shared spaces like computer rooms, a library and a fitness center.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,950
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: Not Listed 
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 73

Atria Marina Place

Address: 4 Seaport Dr., Quincy, MA 02171
Phone Number: (617) 830-7921
Website: https://www.atriaseniorliving.com/retirement-communities/atria-marina-place-north-quincy-ma/

Atria Marina Place is an upscale assisted living facility that provides varying levels of care, so seniors can get the help they need and the independence they want. The facility has more than 250 activities to choose from every month, and a library, a pub, a beauty salon and common spaces provide seniors with plenty of room to explore. Atria Marina Place is right next to the water and offers residents the small seaside town atmosphere within 10 minutes of the amenities of greater Boston.

Starting Monthly Cost: $5,250
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 110
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.0 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 64

Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

Address: 615 Heath St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone Number: (617) 244-6400
Website: http://wingatehealthcare.com/location/wingate-residences-at-boylston-place/

Surrounded by parks and shopping and dining venues, WingateResidents at BoylstonPlace has a traditional feel with elegantly furnished private apartments, a library with a fireplace and traditional English courtyard. Made-to-order meals are available in the private dining room, and other amenities include valet parking, a fitness center, a cinema and a driver who is available for resident transportation seven days a week.

Starting Monthly Cost: $6,300
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 48
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 33

Evans Park at Newton Corner

Address: 430 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458
Phone Number: (617) 718-5703
Website: https://www.benchmarkseniorliving.com/senior-living/ma/newton-corner

Evans Park at Newton Corner is the last but not least addition to this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Boston area because it provides a full spectrum of care and convenient access to all the city's amenities. Residents can enjoy shared meals in the dining room or cook up their own favorites in their apartment kitchens. On-site amenities and activities include a computer room, beauty parlor, general store, patio, group activities, religious services and lectures and discussions.

Starting Monthly Cost: $5,700
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: Not Listed 
Reviews: 

  • Average Stars: 4.3 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 78

Learn More About Assisted Living in Boston

With cultural and entertainment options to fit nearly any interest and a variety of quality assisted living facilities to choose from, Boston may be a prime choice for seniors seeking out senior care. To learn more about what financial aid programs are available for covering senior care expenses, check out our city guide here.