Thursday, October 27 2022 10:32

Brandywine Valley Guide to 55+ and Retirement Communities

Written by Marci Tomassone

Our annual guide to 55+ and retirement communities in Chester County and beyond

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55+ Communities for the Fit, Active and Independent

There are a variety of communities in our area built and managed for active seniors living an active and healthy lifestyle with amenities geared toward that group. Whether you’re looking for a townhouse, condo, apartment or single home, these communities cater to older adults and offer settings that generally feel like resorts. They’re designed to make retirement healthier and more enjoyable.


Meridian at Eagleview

Glen Mills

Ivy Creek

King of Prussia

Canvas Valley Forge


Harrison Hill Apartments

Springton Lake Village

West Chester

Harrison Hill Apartments
“Harrison Hill is more than a community — it’s a neighborhood!” Residents enjoy the company of others during Monday Mingle, holiday festivities, chili fests, ice cream socials, barbecues, games and more. Harrison Hill’s 5 stories offer 114 apartment homes comprised of one bedroom and one bedroom with dens.

Hershey’s Mill

Independent Living Communities with Continuing Care and Life Care Communities

Many seniors are currently independent, but want or need, for themselves or their spouse, to live with support—moving from independent living to assisted living, followed by skilled nursing and several kinds of specialized facilities. When the sequence is combined on a single campus, it’s called a continuing care community or life care community. Those listed have strong “independent living” programs.



The 501 at Mattison Estate
Offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. A short walk to downtown Ambler, it’s a location nestled next to Lindenwold Castle. It’s your access to walking trails and neighborhoods—and a bustling borough with its own restaurants, nightlife and shopping. And that’s all just outside the walls. Inside, you get access to countless amenities, dining options, fitness facilities and so much more. It’s senior living where you can do something new and different every day, and never repeat yourself.


Cornwall Manor
Cornwall Manor is a not-for-profit community located in historic Cornwall, PA. Providing a fulfilling lifestyle for individuals 60+ since 1949, their community is located in a natural wooded setting with a variety of independent homes and apartments, on-site health care, top-notch amenities and services and maintenance-free living. You owe it to yourself to visit Cornwall Manor.


St. Martha Villa for Independent & Retirement Living


Arbor Terrace Exton

Exton Senior Living

Glen Mills

Glen Mills Senior Living

Kennett Square

Friends Home in Kennett

Kendal-Crosslands Communities
Located adjacent to Longwood Gardens on an over 500-acre accredited arboretum campus, the community provides two LifePlan Communities and two 50+ neighborhoods with customizable cottages and apartments. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, art studios, outdoor gardens and indoor hydroponic lab, hiking trails, dog park, tennis courts, pickleball, therapy, fitness, multiple dining venues, two libraries and putting greens, all with 5-star rated healthcare. Member of Leading Age, FSA and accredited by CARF-CCAC.

King of Prussia

Anthology of King of Prussia
Anthology of King of Prussia invites active seniors to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle just minutes from Town Center in King of Prussia. It’s a new kind of senior living experience, where you’ll find a variety of options for dining, entertainment and shopping. Call or visit their website to learn how to save up to $10,000.


Homestead Village
Situated on 90 beautiful, tree-lined acres, Homestead Village has a charming small-neighborhood feel, and is just minutes from the vibrant cultural opportunities of downtown Lancaster. Residential options include cottages, villas and spacious carriage homes. Apartments at Homestead Village are dual-licensed for personal care, so residents can get extra help, if needed, without an extra move. New Luxury Apartments at The Townstead, now available to reserve, coming in 2024.

Meadowood Senior Living

Willow Valley Communities


Meadowood Senior Living
At Meadowood, residents don’t retire. They rewire. There’s always something to do on the lush, 135-acre campus. From gourmet dining to state-of-the-art fitness to their luxury residences, you’ll enjoy the life you’ve always deserved. As an active adult Life Plan Community, they also offer exceptional healthcare services for every stage of the aging process.


Echo Lake
The Main Line’s newest retirement community—retirement living, reinvented. At the leading edge of the “aging well” movement, Echo Lake has a comprehensive fitness and wellness center, innovative dining built around the latest trends in nutrition and a catalog of programming that dares you to explore … think resort, think country club, think spa … then let your imagination run wild. Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care.


Pleasant View Retirement Community

Multiple Locations

Acts Retirement–Life Communities
Acts Retirement-Life Communities is celebrating 50 years of providing gracious living options, superb on-campus amenities and a maintenance-free, amenity-filled lifestyle that allows them to enjoy all the things they love most without all the worries. Best of all, Acts Life Care lets residents pay for future care in today’s dollars should their needs change.

Luthercare’s senior living communities in Lititz and Columbia (Lancaster County, PA) and Lebanon (Lebanon County, PA) offer a full network of services, amenities, conveniences and programs. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in comfortable and stylish apartments and cottages in a variety of sizes and designs. Here, residents enjoy an active retirement and have peace of mind for the future.

Newtown Square

Dunwoody Village
Dunwoody Village is a continuing care retirement community located in a suburban setting on 83 picturesque acres that offers residents Independent Living, Personal Care, Skilled Nursing and Memory Support, as well as Rehabilitation and Home Care to both residents and the outside community. Call to learn about the $24-million expansion and renovation of the Community Building and join their waiting list.

White Horse Village
White Horse Village is a friendly and vibrant senior living community situated on 96 picturesque acres neighboring a state park. First-class amenities include a tavern, dining venues, fitness center, pool/spa, bocce, art studio, woodshop, hiking trails, library and a highly rated Healthcare Center. Enjoy gardening, arts and entertainment, and new friendships. Ask about their new spacious Coach Homes.


Daylesford Crossing
Daylesford Crossing is one of the Main Line’s favorite supportive living communities … completely personalized care, uniquely sophisticated surroundings and unparalleled hospitality. Boutique sized, with 78 supportive living and specialized memory care apartments, Daylesford Crossing is perfectly located right in the heart of the western Main Line. Personal Care and Memory Care.


Spring Mill Senior Living


The Mansion at Rosemont
The Mansion at Rosemont is a premier boutique Life Plan Community set amid the lush grounds of the historic Beaupre Estate in the heart of the Main Line. Boasting unmatched architectural beauty in addition to newly renovated apartment homes and cottages, the only thing more beautiful than the community itself is the warmth of the people who call it home.

Valley Forge

Shannondell at Valley Forge


Plush Mills
Plush Mills is different. You feel it when you walk through the door—upscale décor, comfortable atmosphere and the feeling that this is a place where people know what it means to live well. With 157 independent and supportive living apartments, Plush Mills is just the right size—big enough to count on, small enough to care. Independent Living and Personal Care.

West Brandywine

Freedom Village at Brandywine
Life is good here … The best retirement is when you have more time to do what you want, with an abundance of choices for dining, socializing, fitness and fun. At Freedom Village at Brandywine, you can enjoy a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle where you’re welcomed like family. Their Life Care plan gives you access to a full continuum of care if you ever need it. Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Rehab. Visit them today.

West Chester

Barclay Friends

The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester

Wellington at Hershey’s Mill


The Highlands at Wyomissing



Millcroft Senior Living


The Lodge at Truitt Homestead


Forwood Manor

Foulk Manor North

Foulk Manor South

Shipley Manor

Somerford House Assisted Living

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