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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Cambridge, MA

Part of the Boston metropolitan area, Cambridge, Massachusetts, sits along the banks of the historic Charles River. Best known as the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge is filled with upscale shops, restaurants, and parks.

Seniors looking to retire in a vibrant urban center will feel right at home in Cambridge, which offers easy access to world-class attractions such as Fenway Park, Boston’s Theatre District, and the New England Aquarium. Dozens of top-ranked hospitals are in the area, including Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

The average cost of assisted living in Cambridge is $6,442 per month, with actual costs varying among facilities. Assisted living costs in Cambridge are higher than the state average of $5,640 and significantly higher than the national average of $4,051. 

Note: Assisting living cost data was not available for Cambridge, so data from the closest city, Boston, was used. 

In this guide, you’ll learn about the top 10 assisted living facilities in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. 

Cadbury Commons

Cadbury Commons is a locally owned and operated 74-unit independent, memory care and assisted living community. It's ideally located in Neighborhood Nine, and Danehy Park is right across the street, providing easy access to level walking trails and lush green spaces. Residents may enjoy the extensive common areas, including a library, fitness center, salon, and pub. Pets are welcome upon approval, and scheduled transportation to local appointments, events, and church services is included. 

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Features
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry service
  • Special diets accommodated on request

Youville House Assisted Living Residence

Ideally situated on the Spaulding Hospital campus close to Harvard Square, Youville House Assisted Living Residence is vibrant, warm and friendly. The 95 private studio and one-bedroom apartments are equipped with kitchenettes and individual climate controls, while common spaces include an indoor garden atrium and a luxurious dining room. Regular social programming offers visits from Harvard scholars, musical guests, and holiday events. We featured Youville House Assisted Living Residence in our Cambridge top 10 ALFs because of the strong focus on individuality, privacy, and active living. 

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Features
  • Close to the Cambridge Recreation Center
  • Located on a bus line between Lechmere and Harvard

Sunrise of Burlington

Sunrise of Burlington provides seniors with a safe, supportive environment that includes assisted living and memory care services. Winchester and Mount Auburn Hospitals are nearby, and professional staff is on-site 24 hours a day. Common areas and suites are fully wheelchair-accessible, and all of the hallways are fitted with assistance handrails. Residents can join daily activities and programs such as walking clubs, art classes, and worship groups. 

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Features
  • Pets welcome upon approval
  • Large two-room and companion suites available 

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

Seniors who are seeking an upscale, full-service setting will feel at home at Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle, an assisted living and memory care community. Spacious studio and one-bedroom suites feature plenty of natural light and storage, while common areas include a restaurant-style dining room, landscaped patio and walkways, and activity rooms. Meals are prepared fresh daily by the in-house culinary team, and the menu always features plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

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Atria Marina Place 

Located just 10 minutes from Boston near the scenic walking trails of Squantum Point Park, Atria Marina Place offers assisted and independent living, along with memory care services. Private accommodations range in size from studios to two-bedroom suites and are all equipped with one or two private barrier-free bathrooms. Residents can enjoy transportation to local appointments, get pampered at the in-house salon or catch up with friends in the country kitchen or pub. 

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Features
  • Suites equipped with emergency call systems
  • On-site staff 24 hours a day

Wingate Residences at Needham

Wingate Residences at Needham is a warm and sophisticated independent, assisted living and memory care facility where residents are encouraged to stay active and engaged with family and friends. The large windows bring in plenty of natural light, while the manicured patios and Zen yoga gardens are wonderful places to enjoy a sunny afternoon. World-class health care is available at the nearby Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Boston Longwood Medical Area and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. We featured Wingate Residences at Needham because residents rave about the quality accommodations, professional staff and exceptional location. 

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Features
  • Wearable medical alert buttons provided to each resident
  • A full schedule of wellness programs at the on-site Wellness Center

Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

Centrally located near Hammond Pond Reservation and the Shops at Chestnut Hill, Wingate Residences at Boylston Place offer seniors easy access to parks, public transit and Boston. Assisted living residents enjoy well-appointed private apartments, a full-service restaurant and access to a car and driver seven days a week. Amenities include a beautiful English garden and a library complete with a cozy fireplace. Seniors can stay active in the health and fitness center, celebrate special events in the private dining room and relax on the patios and sun decks. 

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Features
  • On-site nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings 

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings is an assisted living community that offers easy access to the I-95 near the Cambridge Reservoir. Accommodations include private studio, one-bedroom and companion suites equipped with kitchenettes, barrier-free bathrooms and individual climate controls. Benchmark's Live Now, Live Well program encourages all residents to explore new interests through group outings, book and gardening clubs, volunteer opportunities and special events. 

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Landmark at Longwood

Situated just a few short blocks from the Medical Center Area in the former Baptist School of Nursing, Landmark at Longwood is a specialized senior living community that offers assisted living and memory care services. Residents enjoy stunning views of downtown Boston along with easy access to neighboring Fenway Park, Olmstead Park and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We featured Landmark at Longwood in this top 10 list because of its impressive architecture and an unbeatable location close to world-class attractions and health care facilities.

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Maplewood at Weston

Maplewood at Weston is a resort-style assisted living community overlooking the Charles River near the I-90 and I-95 junction. Lavish amenities include an elegant dining room, full-service salon, heated indoor pool and common areas equipped with fire features. The chef-inspired meals use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients served restaurant-style, and there's a wide variety of daily social, recreational and cultural activities. 

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Features
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bed, two-bath suites available
  • Underground resident parking