Massachusetts retirement living
at "The Meadows"


"Meadows Estates" is part of one of New England's finest and most respected independent and assisted living continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). Only 13 miles west of Boston's main circumferential highway (Route 128/I-95), New Horizons Retirement Community is just off Route 20 in Marlborough, MA. Come and visit this wonderful friendly place, where more than 400 seniors already enjoy good living and each other.

 There are very few things more important to the full enjoyment of our retirement years than good health, companionship, and comfort in the place we choose to live. High quality assisted living and retirement communities such as this one offer a country inn-like atmosphere at a cost that is typically much less than the cost of living alone in a home.


The Meadows buildings are designed for the fully independent active senior. Sharing a beautiful 40-acre campus immediately adjacent to New Horizons, and surrounded by more than 100 acres of wooded conservation land, these beautiful one and two-bedroom units include generous common areas, in-unit washer / dryers, fully applianced kitchens, and large tiled baths.

Independent and Assisted Living - Boston, MA

Every day, the choices we make determine the quality of our lives. As we grow older, it is often desirable to alter our housing arrangements while adapting to our changing circumstances. Locating a low cost Massachusetts seniors community that provides a caring, convenient environment, and meets our personal needs, becomes more important with each passing year. 

The Meadows retirement community is proud to offer a very affordable independent living arrangement for active individuals or couples who still want to live completely on their own, but who want the convenience of knowing that help is nearby if needed. Similarly, other parts of our adjacent New Horizons community are ideal for those who need some level of assistance with their daily responsibilities.


Home-cooked meals perhaps do the most for our fine reputation, because the exquisite dining rooms just always seem to become the center of everyone's attention. Meadows residents may take daily breakfast or gourmet dinner, or both. There is no assigned seating, and your guests are welcome at all times. Meal quality, variety, nutrition, and overall appeal become extraordinarily important as we enjoy our later years. There are typically three dinner choices each evening. 

All Meadows apartments are fully private, with very nice oversized bathrooms, generous full kitchens, and lots of large windows. There is abundant free parking for all, and a very efficient private bus which many residents use for their local-area shopping trips, etc. Of course, many services may also be brought "to the door" for those residents who wish. Local firms like Domino's and Papa Gino's, for instance, come into The Meadows just like they visit every other neighborhood in town. 


All units are serviced with full telephone, cable, and Internet capability. There is a special office on-site for visiting physicians and other professionals, and New Horizons enjoys a "preferred provider" arrangement with Marlborough Hospital / U. Mass Medical Center. On-site emergency response RN services are also available to Meadows residents through on-site third party healthcare provider.

Traditional daily, weekly, and monthly activities are available, with special emphasis on health and fitness in a state of the art on-site health club. There is also a network of walking trails through the adjacent woodlands. All residents of The Meadows are also guaranteed priority access to New Horizons' comprehensive continuum of care if the need should arise.


Enjoy a unique combination of independent living arrangements with ready access to a wide variety of medical and social services if they are ever needed. Through constant attention to the needs of its residents, The Meadows' fine, experienced staff provides warm and comfortable homes for those who can live independently, and the nearby availability of extra personalized support for those who may later need assistance. Residents may select exactly the program that is right for them.


The Meadows offers a unique home for each of its residents. No two apartments are identical. A "cookie cutter" approach would have lessened that individuality. Indeed, a real start-up marketing challenge was obliging the visitor who asked to see "all the different types of apartments available." There were just so many then, and there is still a very nice selection available.

The Meadows does not advertise extravagant furnishings or an overly formal or exclusive image. Yes, this is a beautiful, well-adapted community with comprehensive amenities, but people are paramount here. We focus on each resident's happiness and comfort, in ways each remembers from his or her own unique past.


The Meadows apartments are characterized by their overwhelming charm... much like that found in a cozy New England country inn.  Set on 40 gorgeous acres, the entire community is infused with a pleasant calm and New England friendliness. For many of our residents, The Meadows is not just a new home; it is a new way of life, and a better way of living.


All units have their own independently controlled heating and air conditioning systems, with heavily insulated walls. All of The new Meadows apartments have earned the "Energy Star" award sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many units have balconies or patios opening to our quaint country campus, surrounded by more than 100 acres of prime conservation land. Grazing deer, wild turkeys, and pheasants are frequent visitors from the abutting woodlands.


To aid in providing a quick response in the event of an emergency, a receptionist is scheduled at New Horizon's front desk 24 hours a day, and there is an operations manager on-site seven days a week. At least one registered nurse is also scheduled on-campus, 24-hours, every day, in addition to various other round-the-clock staff in the adjacent New Horizons buildings.

In 1993 Cummings Properties Marlborough, Inc. purchased the entire campus of the former Madonna Hall School for Girls from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. New Horizons Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) opened in 1994. The facility was completely renovated and substantially enlarged, adding many special features and amenities to foster convenience, comfort, and aesthetic appeal.


Although the facility is private and entirely nondenominational, New Horizons is one of few communities anywhere to offer both daily Catholic Mass, in our own beautiful 140-seat chapel, and regular on-site Protestant and Jewish services as well.  Many Jewish residents enjoy their Friday evening meal together as part of New Horizons' weekly Shabbat observance.

The Meadows apartments opened in 2002, consisting of two brand new four-story buildings and three smaller buildings, with a total of 154 oversized apartments for fully independent seniors. Unlike most similar size buildings, which tend to be wood-framed construction, the two larger Meadows buildings are both steel-framed, with all poured-concrete floors. Most of the remaining New Horizons buildings have completely fireproof poured-concrete construction throughout, including their roofs. All buildings are also fully sprinklered.


Meadows buildings are easy to get around, and all residents have access to an elegant indoor walking path inside New Horizons. Five times around the interior carpeted hallway of the "hex" is one mile!

Also available, adjacent to this remarkable country campus, is a separate specialized facility for residents living with Alzheimer's disease. Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Inc. serves up to 44 residents with a variety of dementia related issues. Priority access is available for residents in The Meadows apartments or in New Horizons, who may later need part-time or full-time Alzheimer's care.

Most residents have their own automobiles and drive regularly, but many also use the New Horizons bus for downtown Marlborough shopping trips, etc. Assabet Valley Transportation for seniors is also a popular and low-cost option for seniors wanting to take a break from driving.


This delightful New Horizons community, which first opened in September, 1994, is affiliated with the highly successful Cummings Properties organization of Woburn, Massachusetts. The entire campus is owned by Cummings Properties Marlborough, LLC, and many services for The Meadows are provided by New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC.

In a major feature story Metrowest Daily News wrote glowingly about The Meadows. CNC Real Estate Editor Susan Brickman described the place as feeling "more like a big, friendly club, with a formal lobby opening to a turned staircase, a gas fireplace with a marble surround in the lobby sitting area, and large one-and-two-bedroom apartments that are all unique."


Brickman went on to write of the friendly atmosphere of The Meadows and its residents: "The camaraderie, the laughter, the uninterrupted chattering of the residents in the dining room was proof enough [of that]." Very few new residents know any other residents before moving in to The Meadows, but friendships there tend to develop very quickly.

Resident John O'Reilly, formerly of Framingham, MA, told the paper he was one of the first residents in the first Meadows building. "I went out with my daughter who wanted to get me out of her house," he quipped,"and we had three places in mind. But we didn't get any further than here. We liked what we saw."

"It's still a secret," he added,"it's too good to spoil. And where else can I go and have this many women around me?" O'Reilly concluded with a grin.

The Meadows is located on 40 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands, surrounded by deeded conservation land. Abundant animal-life, including wild turkeys, foxes and deer frequent the property. The Meadows is a rental community with no endowment, and typically no occupancy commitment beyond 60 days.


For those 65 and over, who are fully independent in all respects, consider "The Meadows." This fine 154-unit supplement to the continuum of care at New Horizons offers units from 900 to more than 1,950 square feet in two large brand new buildings, and three smaller buildings, directly adjacent to New Horizons.

The Meadows, at 370 Hemenway Street, Marlborough, MA, is located just off US Route 20 at the end of Wilson Street. It is 13 miles west of Route 128 (I-95) and, about halfway between downtown Boston and east Worcester. Click on "Directions to Marlborough" for more detailed info and a map, or call 508-460-5000.

Please call Ginger Ryan or Shayla Kelley at 508-460-5200 for more information, or e-mail us at for an e-mail response to your inquiry. We strongly encourage personal visits to allow you to see firsthand how really nice our community is, and how very competitive our rates are.


Building features and unit layouts

• Elegant dining rooms

• Health and fitness center

• In-suite washers/dryers

• Fully applianced kitchens

• Brand new spacious units

• Concrete and steel construction

• Units from 900-1900 sq. ft.

• Generous free parking

• Garages also available

• Breakfast and dinner available

• One and two-bedroom units

• On-site nurse available 24/7

• 40 acre wooded campus

• Abundant on-site wildlife

• Spectacular views

• Fully air-conditioned

• Surrounded by conservation lands

• All rates include heat and hot water

• Many generous common area lounges

• Beautifully landscaped grounds

• 2010 rates begin @ $1,185 per month

• Large indoor swimming pool

• On-site walking trails

• On-campus religious services

• Free local phone service

• Very low monthly cable fees

• Just 13 miles west of Rte. 128

• Resident organized activities


Shown at left is a front view of 420 Hemenway Street, which opened July 1, 2002. A pleasant two-lane connector drive runs between 420 and 370 Hemenway. There is also an indoor passageway connecting 420 to 400 Hemenway Street. This walkway includes a carpeted, air-conditioned 130-foot-long pedestrian bridge, shown below left. This, in turn, connects internally almost to the side entrance of 370 Hemenway.

The entire property of The Meadows and New Horizons is now fully developed, with no additional construction expected future. The overall capacity of this multi-faceted continuing-care retirement community is about 520 residents. Special priority is always given to residents who are already in the community if their needs change, and either a care plan or supplemental care is ever needed.


The elegantly groomed landscaping and grounds of New Horizons are interlaced with indoor and outdoor walking paths. There is a comfortable hiking trail which originates beside The Meadows at 420 Hemenway and transcends the woodlands directly to Marlborough Country Club, less than a mile away. Many residents enjoy walking the circular central hallway at 400 Hemenway, with five laps equaling just a mile.


Following are examples of somewhat typical one and two-bedroom layouts at The Meadows, which do not necessarily reflect suites currently available. See also for information on assisted living programs and modified assisted living arrangements.


Sample apartments at "The Meadows"

One-bedroom Suites

Approximately 892 s.f.
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Approximately 933 s.f.
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Approximately 966 s.f.
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Approximately 1,423 s.f.
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two-bedroom suites


Approximately 1,004 s.f.
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Approximately 1,269 s.f.
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Approximately 1,352 s.f.
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Approximately 1,956 s.f.

A fine Massachusetts Retirement Community
Summary of features at The Meadows

As an outstanding independent community for seniors over the 65 and older, The Meadows provides its residents with superb single-level homes, exceptional amenities, and distinctive design. The Meadows offers generous 900-1,800 square foot, one and two-bedroom units, with much open space and pleasant woodland or meadow views through many oversized windows. Many suites offer outside balconies or patios, professionally designed gourmet kitchens, oversized bathrooms and, on the top floor, skylights.

"The Meadows" is a very distinct, but integral part of the New Horizons continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Sharing a beautiful 40-acre campus, it is surrounded by 100 acres of conservation land and state forest. The Meadows offers one of the most serene country settings anywhere, with convenient access to Boston and Worcester. It is located just off US Route 20, very near Longfellow's historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury, and 13 miles west of Boston's circumferential highway, Route 128/I-95.

Gracious apartment homes as spacious as these are not often found, even in the suburbs. In addition to the exceptional design features, there are many practical features in The Meadows, including fully applianced kitchens, tile baths, full air conditioning, and in-unit washer/dryers. A variety of personal preferences and lifestyles is accommodated by many different floor plans.

Designed to promote choices and independence, The Meadows has not cut back on the amenities. On-site banking, a hair salon, full-service fitness club, regular on-site religious services for several faiths, common lounges and dining salons, and much more are all part of the picture. Cable television and local phone service are included.

Coming home to The Meadows means coming home to a special way of life. Not only is each home unique in its design and layout, but one will also find great privacy with all the comforts and conveniences of today's retirement living at The Meadows.

The Meadows offers its residents a world of first class amenities and common area features. The architectural team has thoughtfully designed, both inside and out, a living environment that responds to the needs of today's independent active senior.

The Meadows rentals feature convenient single-floor living in elevatored buildings. Many offer skylights, patios, and balconies, and limited garage parking is also available. "The community was planned with real people in mind, to accommodate their preferences and lifestyles," Executive Director Bob O'Connor says. "We built homes, not just some cookie-cutter complex with no individual personality."

The dramatic lobby entrances, featuring a two-story atrium, extend a warm welcome to all who come to The Meadows. In addition to the cozy fireplace, one will find a large aquarium in 370 and a 15-foot waterfall in 420. Additional common area amenities include a courtesy visiting professional's office in each building, plus large function areas, mail rooms, libraries, and elegant dining rooms.

Outdoors, the campus has been carefully designed and professionally landscaped with extensive plantings, trees, and sitting areas. This delightful setting for The Meadows complements the continuous surrounding Marlborough green belt between The Meadows and Marlborough Country Club to the southeast. In addition, there are numerous on-campus recreational areas including a very large indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and walking trails, as well as abundant free parking for residents and their guests. Residents pay a 100 percent refundable $30,000 Entrance Fee for apartments in 370 and 420 Hemenway, while residents of the Cottages pay $10,000.

The Meadows' developer, Cummings Properties, LLC of Woburn, is no stranger to the concept of "building what people want." For the past 30 years, the family-owned firm has grown to own and operate nearly eight million square feet of office and residential real estate in 10 communities north of Boston. What's more, officials report that the firm has been debt-free for nearly a decade.

In 1989, the company purchased the former Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn, and created not-for-profit New Horizons at Choate. The upscale 125-resident retirement community has been lauded by state officials as a model for assisted living. The firm also built and managed Place Lane Condominium, a 149-unit luxury condo building in Woburn.



For extensive additional information about
"The Meadows" apartments, go to

New Horizons at Choate, LLC
21 Warren Ave.,
Woburn, MA 01801
New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC
400 Hemenway St.,
Marlborough, MA 01752