While some retirees may not think of settling down in the Boston area during their Golden Years, this vibrant metropolitan region in New England offers great cultural attractions and a rich history as well as plenty of options for active adult living in 55-plus communities.
Baby Boomers who are fans of American history will love living close to Boston. It is one of the most historic cities in the country and the largest city in New England. It’s also one of the most popular cities in the region because it was the site of many pivotal events that took place during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Boston Tea Party. Active adults can spend the day touring the city’s historic sites that have been preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park, which is located along the well-known Freedom Trail. The Boston area has become a major port and manufacturing hub as well as an epicenter for technology, education, and culture. It’s home to top medical facilities and universities like Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston College. Retirees seeking lifelong learning opportunities or educational enrichment classes will have no problem finding them throughout the Boston area. Across the Charles River from Boston, retirees will find Harvard University, Harvard Square, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Museum of Science in Cambridge. The region is also full of cultural attractions like art museums and galleries such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Opera House, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The area consists of principle cities like Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Lowell, Cambridge, and Quincy. Although there may not be too many 55+ communities in these larger cities, retirees will find numerous active adult communities surrounding the Boston area in smaller towns like Middleborough, Reading, Plymouth, Methuen, and Weymouth, offering new construction or resale homes. Active adult communities like Seton Highlands at The Pinehills in Plymouth or Regency at Emerald Pines in Methuen offer intimate neighborhood settings surrounded by natural, scenic beauty as well as easy access to all that Boston has to offer. In addition to these intimate 55-plus communities, the Boston area also has the impressive Oak Point, a sprawling 890-home community that boasts a clubhouse complete with two outdoor pools. Plymouth is also home to Del Webb's Great Island, which brought their celebrated brand of active adult communities to the region. Those looking for the best in low-maintenance living have Reading Woods in Reading, MA, a 424-unit community that offers both condominium and attached home options. Active adults who choose to retire in the Boston area love the convenience of having easy access to the big city while living within a quiet age-restricted community that has a small-town atmosphere. Retirees looking for a retirement destination that’s full of historic charm and cultural attractions combined with modern day amenities will find plenty of great active adult communities in the Boston area.