Boston is a historical, cultural and academic hotspot—from Faneuil Hall to Fenway Park to Harvard University—and it’s no wonder that Boston is also the fourth-most expensive city in the U.S. The grass may be greener outside of the city Although Boston offers a high quality of life, it also comes at a price that will tax some retirees’ budgets. If you’ve been on a search for retirement homes in Boston, you may want to expand the perimeter of your pursuit. Situated on 450 acres of rolling hills, The Overlook, located in Charlton, Massachusetts, offers the best of both worlds: a countryside setting with easy access to beloved Boston. An hour drive from Boston and a short trip from Providence and Hartford, The Overlook offers retirees a spectacular setting and endless amenities. Rivaling retirement homes in Boston but at a more budget-conscious price, The Overlook offers spacious apartment homes and single-story cottages with attached garages—all without the worry of maintaining a home. And while there’s always the option to head to Boston for lunch and a museum visit, The Overlook’s Performing Arts Center and Acacia dining room offer residents elegant cuisine and a gratifying “night on the town” without the hassle of navigating the big city. Picture-perfect New England countryside Country roads, red barns, picket fences, rolling meadows and abundant foliage will be your playground if you choose The Overlook as your retirement community. With prices lower than you’ll find in Boston, picture a day exploring the countryside with your first stop for breakfast at Dad’s, a popular Charlton diner, followed by antiquing in the quaint town of Sturbridge and enjoying lunch at the historic Publick House Tap Room. Sturbridge is also home to the Sturbridge Farmers Market on The Common, where you can shop for seasonal produce and enjoy live music and treasures from area artisans every Sunday from June through October. Boston vibe without the hassles When you desire an urban vibe without an interstate drive, you can check out Worcester, less than 30 minutes from The Overlook. Enjoy the work of the Old Masters or contemporary Japanese art at Worcester Art Museum, or trek around Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. Worcester is also home to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, where you can take in an evening of modern dance or a theatrical play. Top the evening off with a seafood dinner at The Sole Proprietor, and you have a reasonably priced cultural evening when compared to an outing in Boston proper. If you prefer sports, baseball fans will soon have an alternative to Fenway Park. By spring of 2021, Worcester will be home to the triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox who will move into the newly constructed Polar Park. Additionally, as part of a downtown revitalization, the Green Island and Canal District development will include retail and restaurant space close to a new ball field. There’s really no trade-off It’s easy to see that The Overlook not only offers an affordable alternative to retirement homes in Boston, but also a location that puts you in a perfect place. It provides a pristine countryside setting with easy access to Boston and other major New England cities, including all the history and culture you could want! The allure of a rolling countryside, countless clubs and organizations, recreational activities and a fitness center makes The Overlook worth a visit. For more information about this exceptional alternative to retirement homes in Boston, give us a call at 508-202-4090, or visit us online to request a free information kit.