The Villages Retirement Community

The Villages Senior Living Community

The Villages is one of the largest retirement communities in the US – 2018 consensus estimated that their Florida location had 128,750 total residents. It even had a documentary made about it called “Some Kind of Heaven” which was released in 2021.

The campus is made up of 17 special purpose Community Development Districts (or CDD). There are three town squares (Brownwood, Spanish Springs & Lake Sumter) – each location has its own stores, restaurants, and open-air plazas featuring free nightly entertainment.

A centerpiece at The Villages is its variety of golf courses. Residents agree that the ability to play “Free Golf for Life” is a major part of The Villages advertising campaigns. As of February 2019 The Villages operates 50 golf courses.

Murano Senior Living Facility

The Murano Senior Living in Seattle

The Murano Senior Living Facility is a beautiful property that’s owned by Signature 180.

As a senior community they encourages retirees to stay active and social. They have a weekly activities calendar with scheduled retreats, happy hours, and plenty of common areas to meet other residents. There’s even a piano lounge and golf simulator!

Apartments are designed to be cozy, comfortable, and customizable for senior needs. They describe the living area a relaxing, cottage-style housing environment.

Room Types: studio-style apartment or 1-2 bedroom.
Amenities: on-site beauty salon, concierge service, balconies, movie theater, wine bar, and it’s pet friendly!

Murano senior living prices (base costs):

Independent Living: $3,960/mo.
Assisted Living Facility: $5,460/mo.
Enhanced Care: $6,500/mo.
Memory Care: $8,000/mo.

Buckingham South Review

Buckingham South Review

At Buckingham South residents are offered the full range of senior care – from assisted living and skilled nursing care, to memory treatment and respite care.

They prides themselves on being locally owned and operated. The owners and managers are on-site and help oversee the care of residents. Savannah in gerneral is a terrific area for retirees seeking a quiet, yet social and friendly atmosphere.

As one of the recommended assisted living facilities in Savannah and boasts a 5-star rating on Google. Many of the residents love how social the facility is – there are more than 80 senior residents and the staff an array of social and recreational events each week.

Estimated base price is about $3,500 per month.

Brookdale Greenville Review

brookdale greenville review

Brookdale Greenville is one of the best rated senior living facilities in the area – they offer a few types of specialized care and lots of amenities at a affordable price. Upon moving in residents receive a comprehensive care assessment.

The facility offers resort-style accommodations and amenities – everything from an in-house salon and barbershop, to keypad entry and a fine dining hall.

Fees also cover regular living costs such as cooking, housekeeping, laundry, social activities, and upkeep of common areas.

Assisted Living: $3,600/mo.
Memory Care: $6,200/mo.

HarborChase of Tamarac

HarborChase of Tamarac in Florida

HarborChase of Tamarac is nestled in a quiet area outside of Fort Lauderdale.

A short drive from ocean-side beaches, five star restaurants, luxury stores, and medical centers, Harborchase is a terrific area for seniors seeking a quiet, yet social and friendly atmosphere.

The facility specializes in memory and respite care – nearby HarborChase properties are tailored for assisted living and skilled nursing. The staff at their Tamarac location is top notch with very good reviews from dozens of residents and family members.

Monthly costs are not stated, but we estimate it to be $3,500 to $4,200/mo.

Five Star Premier Residences

Five Star Senior Living

The Five Star Premier is a beautiful property located in a quiet area in Boca Raton, FL.

The facility is designed to promote active and healthy living – there are regular wellness checks, off-campus activities, clubs and groups to join, happy hours for socializing, and it’s pet friendly!

The dining room is also very social with its open layout and friendly staff. Residents say it’s one of the most socially friendly senior living communities in South Florida.

Families like that there’s regular health assessments. This helps them determine the level of care they should be getting – in some cases it means moving their loved one from independent or in-home health care, to assisted living or specialty memory care. The Director of Resident Care also works closely with the resident and family to discuss potential options if there’s a change-in-health.

Assisted living base prices start at $3,550 per month (for a one bedroom senior apartment).

Brookdale Clairemont Review

Brookdale Clairemont California

Brookdale Clairemont sits in the northern area of San Diego, California – it provides a few types of senior care, most notably assisted living.

The facility itself provides resort-style accommodations and amenities – everything from an in-house salon and barbershop, to transportation and daily meal service. Monthly fees help cover daily chores such as cooking, housekeeping, laundry, social activities, and upkeep of common areas.

This Brookdale location is also pet friendly!

As one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in San Diego, Brookdale Clairemont starts at only $2,480/month.

Watercrest Winter Park

Watercrest Senior Living - Wintercrest

Watercrest Winter Park is a senior living facility located just outside Orlando, Florida. They are best known for their independent and assisted living, but they also specialize in memory care and respite care.

Residents have given it good ratings – it boasts a 5-star rating on Google and people love that it’s a pet friendly. They even offer pet therapy for seniors who don’t own a pet of their own.

A few online reviews say that Watercrest Winter Park is the most convenient retirement community they toured – there’s on-site fine dining, fitness center for physical therapy, a beauty salon and spa, resort-style swimming pool and on-site health screenings by LN’s and physicians.

Below are our estimates for each type of care.

Independent Living: $1,850/mo.
Assisted Living: $3,950/mo.
Memory Care: $5,150/mo.

Meridian at Lake San Marcos Review

Meridian at Lake San Marcos California

The Meridian at Lake San Marcos is a beautiful property owned and operated by Pacifica Senior Living.

As a senior facility it boasts an impressive 4.8-star rating on Google, and is in the top 10% of all senior living facilities in located in California!

Residents say it provides a resort-like experience, and encourages seniors to stay active and social. It includes an activities calendar, scheduled retreats, and lots of common areas. There’s even a large swimming pool!

Pacifica offers a range of care plans – from basic assisted living service, to memory or respite care.

Base prices start at $2,995/month for a basic studio apartment.

Brookdale Dr. Phillips in Orlando

Brookdale Dr. Phillips Orlando

Brookdale Dr. Phillips offers specialized care and is a CCRC – as your needs change, their dedicated staff works with you and your care team to customize the services and keep pricing more affordable.

The facility itself provides resort-style accommodations and amenities – everything from an in-house salon and barbershop, to keypad entry and a fine dining hall.

Fees also cover daily chores such as cooking, housekeeping, laundry, social activities, and upkeep of common areas.

Brookdale Dr. Phillips is also fairly affordable. Below are the base prices you can expect for each type of care service.

Assisted Living: $3,595 per month

Memory Care: $5,295 per month

Vi at Highlands Ranch Review

Vi at Highlands Ranch in Denver

Vi at Highlands Ranch sits on 25 acres and offers all the things you want in a luxury senior living facility. The campus offers spectacular mountain views with access to an array of cultural and recreational attractions in nearby Denver. As the only Type ‘A’ CCRC in Colorado, residents can choose from 29 floor plans.

They have a continuum of care service as well – this means very limited changes to your costs if your health needs change. Reading online reviews, current and past residents are very happy with the personalized service and individualized care programs Vi Living offers.

Vi at Highlands Ranch requires a sizable entrance fee of $175,000 (or more) – the good news is that it covers changes to the residence and helps keep the monthly fee more affordable. The monthly fee starts at $3,450 per month.

We estimate the base cost to be $7,800 per month.

Brookdale Conway Senior Living

Brookdale Conway Senior Living Facility

Brookdale Conway is one of their more affordable senior living facilities, especially for people needing memory care support.

This location does not have all the bells-and-whistles you’d find at a five star facility, but offers enough to give it a 4.5-star rating on Google. Residents receive 24/7 support as needed, an on-site beauty salon and barbershop, beautiful courtyards, a game room, keypad entry, library, and regular social events.

Compared to the other Brookdale Orlando location, Brookdale Conway is approx. 10% less for assisted living and 30% less for memory care support.

Assisted Living: $3,250/mo.

Memory Care: $3,750/mo.

Abbey Delray South Assisted Living

Abbey Delray South Assisted Living

Abbey Delray South believes the best approach to person-centered senior care is in building relationships and building a community-friendly environment.

They offer both long-term skilled nursing and short-term rehab services on-site. Abbey Delray South also provides the built-in senior health care assistance to support you or your loved ones no matter what the future holds.

Located only 2.5 miles from the beach, residents love it for its resort-style amenities. Among their many features Abbey Delray offers 24-hour emergency response, medication monitoring, in-ground pools, and an on-site beauty parlor.

Good reviews on medicare.gov, and affordable monthly pricing.

Independent Living: $6,250/month
Assisted Living: $7,900/month

Vi Living at Hilton Head

Vi at Hilton Head TidePointe

Vi at Hilton Head, TidePointe, is a senior community right on the beach on Hilton Head Island.

They offer a continuum of care service – from personalized assisted living, to skilled nursing or memory care support.

Assisted Living care includes assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, as well as medication monitoring and administration. Wellness programs include physical fitness, daily social events, and regular health check-ups.

The Skilled nursing care at Vi offers residents comes with a private care suite and personalized treatment from licensed nurses. They offer both short-term rehab care and long-term skilled nursing care.

Residential prices starting at $895,000.

Vi at The Glen Review

Vi at The Glen in Chicago

Located in the northern community of Glenview, residents of Vi at The Glen are privy to a host of resort-like amenities and care services.

In terms of senior care they provide a variety of care options – from independent living, to skilled nursing and memory care. There is always a licensed nurse on staff 24/7, and you can personalize their service to fit your needs (i.e. basic check-ins, physical therapy, ADL assistance).

Amenities are on-par with a 5-star resort. Some of the favorites are the 5,000 sq. ft. putting green, movie theater, on-site salon, executive chef fine dining, and 24-hour concierge service.

Pricing can be a bit expensive though. As a luxury senior living facility there it includes an entry fee + monthly rent/fees.

Starting Entrance Fee: $365,200

Starting Monthly Fee: $4,680/mo.

Excellence Senior Living Reviews

Excellence Senior Living in Florida

Excellence Assisted Living is a premier retirement community in Orlando, Florida.

Although “Senior Living” is not a medical model, Excellence provides a variety of medical care services – medication management, regular check-ups, maintaining medical records, physician care, dental procedures, onsite physical rehab, and other specialized care services. Residents can also choose independent care with regular check-ins and around-the-clock staff in case of emergency.

Licensed staff is available 24/7 to assist residents who experience memory loss or dementia.

Residents have 1-2 BR room options when it comes to apartment layouts.

Our team estimates that the average assisted living cost is $2,750 per month.

Harborchase of Naples Assisted Living

Located only minutes from ocean-side beaches, luxury shops, and medical centers in North Naples, Harborchase Assisted Living facility is the perfect community for seniors seeking a quiet, yet social and friendly atmosphere.

The facility provides assisted living for those who need extra assistance in their daily lives as well as skilled nursing and memory care.

It may not offer all the amenities you’d get a true 5-star senior community (i.e. professional chef or PGA-course membership), but Harborchase has very good reviews from residents and starts at $3,600/mo.

Arlington of Naples Senior Living

The Arlington of Naples is a top rated senior community that offers a variety of living options – everything from independent living, to memory care and physical rehab.

Nestled on a gorgeous 39-acre estate, The Arlington is a luxury senior retirement community. It’s one of the highest rated facilities in Florida with easy access to golf courses, tennis courts, shopping center, and more! And for getting around the enormous campus, each residence includes a two-car garage and a golf cart garage.

Assisted Living: $3,700/mo. (estimated)

Calusa Harbor Senior Living

Calusa Harbor Assisted Living

Calusa Harbour is an affordable facility, and offers lots of the luxury amenities you’d see in senior communities for half the price – scenic views, garden walkways, inground swimming pool, art studio, salons, game rooms, and much more!

Calusa Harbor accommodates seniors wanting independent living (with regular check-ins), assisted living, skilled nursing (aka nursing home), and specialized care such as rehab and respite care.

Very good reviews on medicare.gov, and affordable monthly pricing.

Senior Living Prices

Independent: $1,450/mo (starting)
Assisted Living: $1,950/mo (starting)

All Seasons Naples Senior Living

All Seasons Naples Florida

All Seasons Naples is one of the most popular options for senior living in North Naples, FL.

As a senior community it caters to a variety of needs – independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite care. Whether you’re enjoying the beautiful panoramic garden views, or taking part in one of their many social event, All Seasons Naples does not disappoint.

Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, daily fitness classes and 24-hour service from a licensed nurse.

All Seasons prides themselves on offering some of the best amenities and services in Naples – extensive library, intimate bistro bar, enormous outdoor pool, and full-service hair salon.

Beach House of Naples Senior Living

A popular senior living facility, the Beach House of Naples is everything you want in a retirement community – a care-free environment and tons of luxury amenities.

The Beach House has the perfect location. Facility is walking distance from popular restaurants, 5th Ave. shopping, and Naples hospitals.

The 9-acre campus offers 113 residences and caters to Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Respite Care. As an upscale senior community it offers the comfort, beauty, and well-being of a private residence with friendly staff to support the ADLs (activities of daily living).

Residents are encouraged to stay as independent as possible while living in a comfortable, safe environment with 24-hour staff.

Symphony at Stuart Review

Symphony at Stuart near Port St. Lucie is a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care facility in South Florida.

It’s been cited as one of “The Best Small Towns in America to Visit,” and creates the perfect environment for seniors to relax, but also stay social and active. The area has a lot to offer for retirees – fine dining, lots of restaurants, shopping areas, and lots of golf courses.

The facility is owned and operated by Elegance Living. Residents can also opt into the “full continuum” plan which allows ‘age in place’ care services and consistent prices.

Symphony at Stuart Costs:
Assisted Living: $4,195
Memory Care: $6,075