Senior Living Communities

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Senior Living Communities: MA South Shore

Three senior living facilities on the South Shore of Massachusetts are Fairing Way, Village at Duxbury, and Linden Ponds Retirement Community. All three offer 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as similar services and amenities such as fitness centers, libraries, dining options, and maintenance services. Details on the specific offerings for each facility are provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Methodology

We began our research by finding the requested details for the two provided facilities, Fairing Way and Village at Duxbury. We obtained most of the details from the corporate websites but did use external sites for additional details when they were not available on the websites.

For Fairing Way, there is very limited information on the website. The website requires contact information to download a brochure with more details. We pulled property features from pictures on the website since amenities and services were not listed. An external site, Caring.com, was used to obtain some additional services and pricing. The only pricing information on the website was regarding the buy in starting at $300,000. For the monthly cost, we used the data supplied by Caring.com.

The Village at Duxbury did not provide any pricing information or details on the square footage on their website, so we utilized some estimates we found at Apartment Finder as proxies. This data was very limited and is likely not a full representation of the pricing and apartment sizes. Additionally, there was no data on the website about the number of units at the facility. A 2016 article discussing zoning for the facility had unit numbers so these were utilized in the spreadsheet.

To find a third facility, we searched for senior living facilities in the South Shore region with similar amenities and services. This was somewhat difficult to compare for Fairing Way, due to the lack of details on the website, so Village at Duxbury was used as the main comparison. We located Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham, MA and confirmed that the town is considered to be on the South Shore. Both facilities have 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, as well as similar facilities and service offerings. All the details for Linden were found on the website except for the number of units. This number was found on Apartment Finder.

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Senior Living Communities: MA South Shore, Pt. 2

Two additional senior living communities that are similar to Fairing Way and the Village at Duxbury in the South Shore area of Massachusetts are Sawyer's Reach at Colony Place and Ocean Shores Apartments. The details for each community have been entered in row 6-7 of the attached spreadsheet. Below is a discussion of why these properties were selected and a recap of the requested details.

Methodology

To begin the search for additional senior living communities in the South Shore area of Massachusetts, we first identified the cities that are considered a part of South Shore. On the MassRealty site, we were provided a list of all 21 "towns in South Shore." Therefore, to qualify for our list, the community had to be located in one of these 21 cities.

Next, we initiated a South Shore town-by-town search for communities with age restrictions of 55+, but that were not assisted living, memory care, or nursing facilities. This eliminated quite a few possibilities, but we were able to identify some communities that fit the description. Then, we examined each community's website to find those that were similar to Fairing Way and the Village at Duxbury in terms of floor plans and price. The two communities selected both offer one- and two-bedroom floor plans and are in the same general price range as Fairing Way and the Village at Duxbury, although one is slightly more expensive and one is slightly less expensive.

We also chose two communities with a variety of property features and amenities, selecting those that shared the most in common with Fairing Way and the Village at Duxbury. While we were unable to find communities that offer the same exact amenities and features as these competitors, likely due to the fact that amenities often serve as differentiating factors and selling points, we were able to find two properties that have several in common.

Note that Ocean Shores does not provide pricing information on its website. Prospective residents must contact the leasing office for rates. However, Zillow, a reputable third-party real estate website, provided the starting rental prices for this property, which we used to indicate estimated rental costs in column G for Ocean Shores.

Sawyer's Reach at colony place

Located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Sawyer's Reach at Colony Place is an "active adult community" for people over the age of 55. Developed by Thorndike, residents can choose one- or two-bedroom condominiums or two- or three-bed townhouses. Within the community, there are 162 condos and 62 townhouses available for purchase, ranging from $339,000 for 804 square feet to $529,000 for 2,463 square feet. Property features and amenities include a roof deck, clubhouse, heated saltwater swimming pool, fitness center, community gardens free professional interior design consultation, book clubs and other community activities, exterior maintenance, private garages, free bike storage, walking and bike paths, and more.

This property is pet friendly for up to two pets of any size and is located just "steps away" from the Colony Place, which is "one of the South Shore’s most popular shopping destinations," featuring more than 50 shops and restaurants. Lighted sidewalks provide convenient access to Colony Place or to the "hundreds of acres of permanent open space" adjacent to the shopping area.

Ocean Shores Apartments

Ocean Shores Apartments is a 97-unit complex for seniors ages 55 and older located in Marshfield, Massachusetts. A Beacon Community, residents are able to select either a one-bedroom (726 square feet) apartment starting at $1,127 per month or a two-bedroom (1,092 square feet) apartment starting at $1,346 per month. Both floor plans include wall-to-wall carpeting in bedrooms, wood-style flooring in the living areas, central heat and air conditioning, and a balcony. Amenities and property features include resident lounges, a fitness/wellness center, a spa, a salon, a bocce court, a media room, on-site management, and 24-hour on call maintenance.

Ocean Shores is pet friendly for up to two cats or dogs of 40 pounds or lighter and has been certified as a green building under the U. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Rating System. It is located near Rexhame and Fieldston Beaches and provides convenient access to Routes 3, 3A, 139 and 128. In 2016, the entire property became smoke-free, and does not allow smoking "on the property, including apartment homes, common areas, parking lots, landscaped areas, or at any Beacon corporate office."
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