If you are exploring your move to a fun and active retirement community, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. And the truth is, you’re not alone—at The Overlook in Charlton, MA, we get all types of questions from potential residents, and we are always more than happy to answer them! We know how important it is to find a community that is not only high quality, but also specifically suited to your needs and preferences. While you are always welcome to call us and ask, we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions we receive and their answers. We hope this can be a helpful resource if you are considering making The Overlook your next home. Can I bring my pets? This is one of our most frequently asked questions, and we love to answer with a resounding YES! The Overlook is happily a dog- and cat-friendly community. We have a dog park and miles of walking trails to enjoy with your furry friend! What kinds of activities do residents participate in at The Overlook? When it comes to activities, the possibilities are endless. Our gorgeous, 450-acre campus has miles of walking trails and picnic spots. You’ll find a lot of clubs and activities happening regularly, from the brew crew to the tennis club to the continued education opportunities to the woodshop. Moreover, if there is an activity or a club that you’re interested in that we don’t currently have, we encourage and empower residents to get it up and running! The Overlook is full of active, vibrant residents with a diverse set of interests. If you have an idea, share it with us and we can help turn it into a reality. Click here to learn more about our many social clubs and gatherings. Is there a waitlist to live at The Overlook? Our cottages and larger two-bedroom apartments do have waitlists, which is part of the reason we encourage you to act sooner rather than later if you’re interested in The Overlook. However, we also offer a program where residents can put themselves on the “waitlist” for their preferred residence while still living at The Overlook. We can store any of your items or belongings, and when your preferred home opens up, we’ll move you in for free! What is the average age of the residents that live here? Although a fairly broad spectrum of ages is represented at The Overlook, the average age of our residents is about 78. Click here to learn more about a few amazing residents at The Overlook! Do you rent any of your apartment homes or cottages? Typically, The Overlook operates on an “entrance fee” model, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Although we do not provide permanent rental options for residents, we aim to be as flexible as possible to accommodate specific needs. We also have apartment homes available for your family and friends, should your holiday guest list exceed the space available in your own residence. What is included in my monthly fee? Your monthly fee covers an all-inclusive life at The Overlook: weekly housekeeping, all maintenance and landscaping, chef-prepared dining, activities and weekly excursions, and much more. You can read more about our services here, but we encourage you to call us to discuss in more detail. Do I have to be a mason to live at The Overlook? No! We welcome all people at The Overlook. If you’re interested in reading more about this, check out our blog on this topic. How many residents are currently at The Overlook? Just over 280 residents bring a lively spirit, a rich history and background, and a zest for living at The Overlook! I like to travel. Can I leave my residence unattended for long periods of time? Yes! Our staff will ensure your residence’s security and maintenance while you travel. All you need to do is lock the door and go! You will find your home just as you left it when you return. The Overlook seems like a tight-knit community. How do you integrate yourself in with everyone? One of the biggest reasons many of our residents chose to live at The Overlook was because of the people–they are friendly and welcoming. In addition to our official staff-based welcome committee, a grassroots group of residents always makes a point to welcome new residents and invite them to activities and meals. If you have more questions about life at The Overlook, give us a call at 508-202-4090 or click here for a free info kit.