Welcome to the Avenu Blog! Here you’ll find useful tips, senior-living resources, news and enlightening stories from our community. We look forward to your comments and feedback. Thanks for stopping by!
October 18, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Connie Carter
Connie Carter moved to Avenu like many residents do – to be closer to family. With her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter living less than five minutes away in Natick, Connie has discovered a perfect balance between lifestyle, convenience, and fun.
October 1, 2021: Avenu Celebrates 2nd Year Anniverary
Happy Anniversary Avenu! Can't believe it's been two years since we opened our doors. We are so grateful for our beautiful community and look forward to creating many more memories and good times together. Check out our Facebook video highlighting some great photos from the last two years.
September 9, 2021: Top 6 Ways to Live Longer and Stronger
Thanks to modern medicine and new technologies, Americans are living better longer. As we age into our 70's, 80's and beyond, the need to stay strong and active is more important than ever. In a recent CNBC story, Longevity Expert, Sergey Young shares his Top 6 Non-negotiable ways for healthy senior living.
August 19, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Art Kahn
Art Kahn was one of the first residents to move into Avenu when it opened in October 2019. After a quick sale of his family home in Newton, Art was ready for a retirement community with great amenities and active social scene.
August 12, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Hema and Lalit Savla
When Hema and Lalit Savla decided to sell their home of thirty years in Holden, MA, they searched the area for the perfect retirement community. Not wanting an assisted living facility or to have to purchase something else, the list of desirable options was thin. It wasn’t until January 2020, when the Savla’s found Avenu and began a whole new chapter of active-adult living.
August 4, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Marilyn Kahn
Marilyn Kahn has been an artist her entire life. Drawing, painting, exhibiting at local galleries, authoring her own book, and teaching art to adults and children are just some of her many achievements. So when it came to retirement, having a space to create and continue her life’s work was a number one priority.
July 9, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Martha Geyer
Martha Geyer is a “newbie’ to Avenu but you certainly wouldn’t know it. After moving in four months ago, she’s already an active member of the community, where she volunteers, leads craft workshops, enjoys weekly movie nights, cooking classes, and exercises with a new group of friends.
June 29, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell was one of the first residents to move to Avenu when it opened in the fall of 2019. After living in Florida for 25 years, Scott longed to be closer to his two adult children and two grandsons, all living in the Boston metro west area. Scott himself grew up in Gloucester, MA, a place he associates with good memories, laughter and fun times.
June 22, 2021: Resident Spotlight | Meet Janet Frank
When Janet Frank moved to Avenu in January 2020, she never dreamed she’d fall in love – with her apartment that is! After living in her family home in Needham for 42 years and spending a career as an art consultant, Janet wasn’t sure she could downsize and fit everything into the new space. But on the day of the move, Janet and husband Marvin, walked into their new apartment in awe.
June 9, 2021: Is it a Good Time to Sell my Home and Rent?
5 Reasons Why Avenu Residents Said Yes
Many of us envision retirement as owning our home, with a paid-off mortgage and fewer bills. Then along came 2020 and the hottest housing market we’ve seen in decades has continued into 2021. The idea of selling your home and becoming a renter is more attractive than ever, particularly for seniors. In fact, Avenu, an award-winning senior apartment community, has seen an increase in new residents both from Massachusetts and out of state, moving in after a quick and profitable home sale. Curious why they took the plunge?
May 14, 2021: Spring has Sprung! Activities Abound at Avenu
Cinco de Mayo Party, Putting Contest and More
Avenu is gearing up for an event-filled summer and has added a new line-up of social activities designed to reconnect residents and welcome new members to the community. Activities include live music in the courtyard, outdoor games, contests, organic gardening, cooking, crafts, yoga, meditation, and ballet for seniors.
April 21, 2021: Come Stay for A Night in Avenu’s Complimentary Guest Suite
Curious about Avenu and all it has to offer? Come stay for a night in our complimentary guest suite! Avenu’s one-bedroom guest apartment has all the high-end features of a typical apartment, and is beautifully appointed with plush linens and modern furnishings. Wake up to a grab-and-go breakfast in our lounge, take in a class or relax pool-side, and experience the Avenu lifestyle first hand.
April 6, 2021: How Avenu Residents are Staying Connected While Apart
During the pandemic, Avenu has found many new and exciting ways to support its residents. Curious what we’ve been up to lately? Here’s some of our recent events, services and ways we’re staying connected during the new norm:
March 30, 2021: Avenu in Boston Magazine's Guide to Aging Well
Recently, Boston Magazine wrote about Avenu and how we're keeping residents active and engaged during unprecedented times (can you say virtual fiddle concert?)! The article also includes tips for upcoming lectures and events you can attend virtually, as well as tips to stay confident at any age.
March 20, 2021: Time to Move? Take Advantage of the Hot Spring Housing Market and Start Your Next Chapter of Living at Avenu at Natick
Spring has sprung and the housing market is hotter than ever. With low inventory, favorable mortgage rates and increased demand, there’s never been a better time to sell. In fact, Avenu at Natick, an award winning apartment community for residents aged 62 and over, has seen an increase in new rentals, as residents are benefitting from this hot spring market to move to an easier, maintenance-free lifestyle or to be closer to their adult children.
February 1, 2021: Avenu Makes the 2020 Elite 1% ORA Power Ranking List
We are pleased to announce that Avenu at Natick has been recognized among the Elite 1% properties in the nation with the best online reputation for 2020!
January 14, 2021: What Could Keep You Healthier in the New Year
While 2020 was a tough year, it did usher in some healthy habits that many of us plan to keep. What are some of the latest trends and tips on how to feel healthier in 2021? Here are two recent articles worth checking out!
December 17, 2020: What's Cooking at Avenu? Try Marilyn’s Favorite Cookie Sticks
There’s something so nostalgic about baking at the holidays. During the months of November and December there are many things to celebrate, and Avenu wouldn’t be the same without the delicious aromas of holiday cakes and cookies. In fact, Leslie Rappaport-Atlas, Avenu’s Lifestyle Coordinator is planning a special Avenu Cookbook in 2021, featuring all the family-favorite recipes from our community. One of the latest recipes is Marilyn's favorite chocolate chip cookie sticks.
December 2, 2020: Avenu at Natick Wins MAA Achievement Award for Best Senior Community in Massachusetts
We are pleased to announce that Avenu at Natick was named Senior Community of the Year by the Massachusetts Apartment Association. Avenu received a 2020 Communities of Excellence Award, recognizing it for superior performance in property management, operations and service to residents and community. We are so grateful to our wonderful team, residents and community for making Avenu at Natick such an amazing place!
November 30, 2020: Avenu at Natick Offers a Fresh New Alternative for 62+ Active Adults
Elaine and Bill Murphy are not your average retired couple. Having grown up in the Boston area, they lead an active lifestyle, from enjoying world-class dining in the North End to attending pre-pandemic baseball games in Fenway Park. So when it came to retirement, they needed something suited to their needs. Looking for abundant amenities and like-minded people they could connect with, they discovered Avenu at Natick, a new apartment community for active adults ages 62-plus.
Ready Set Move Program at Avenu
For when you're ready to make a move
Avenu’s Ready-Set-Move Program allows residents to move in now, while their home is on the market. This program gives you the option to terminate your lease after three months if your home doesn’t sell. If you're ready to move, but your house is still on the market, be sure to ask our leasing team for more information about our Ready-Set-Move program.
October 19, 2020: What are Residents Saying About Avenu?
At Avenu at Natick, we strive to create a warm and welcoming community for all our residents. We love when we get feedback that we are meeting and exceeding needs and expectations, both from our 62+ residents as well as their adult children, and we wanted to share some of the great comments we’ve received lately. Thanks for appreciating us, we sure appreciate you!
September 29, 2020: Avenu at Natick is Grand Winner in Multifamily Executive’s 2020 Housing Awards
We are pleased to announce that Avenu at Natick has received an award from Multifamily Executive (MFE). Avenu was the Grand Winner in the senior housing category and recognized for offering an alternative to traditional housing for today's baby boomer population. Avenu opened in October 2019, offering resort-style amenities, community-based programming and specialty services far in excess of a traditional apartment building. The 164-unit community synthesizes trends and best practices from hospitality, fitness, culinary, senior housing and multifamily market segments to create a unique senior living community.
September 17, 2020: 7 Health Benefits of Tidying Up
Fall is upon us which means time to get organized! Aside from creating a fresh and inviting space, did you know that cleaning and de-cluttering may provide several health benefits?
July 15, 2020: Avenu Brings Family Closer to Home
In trying times, it really helps to have family and loved ones just a short drive away. Even seniors that once lived far apart from their adult children are deciding to relocate to be closer together. Avenu at Natick, a 62+ active adult apartment community, has seen a major increase in out-of-state rentals as both the pandemic and general increasing healthcare needs require adult children to support their parents now more than ever.
June 11, 2020: Avenu Residents Zoom Through Pandemic
COVID-19 has changed the way we interact with each other on a daily basis. Despite those changes, Avenu at Natick, a 62+ Active Adult apartment community is finding new ways to support its residents through technology-enabled services. With virtual events and on-line shopping available like never before, residents have embraced technology, and they’ve come to really enjoy it. In fact, last month’s social calendar at Avenu was as lively as ever! Residents enjoyed a Piano Happy Hour, Comedy Night, Paper Collage Workshop, Pasta Making and Cinco De Mayo cocktail class. All these events were offered through Zoom – which everyone learned to use with a little help from Avenu’s Lifestyle Coordinator, Leslie Rappaport-Atlas.
May 19, 2020: Travel the World Virtually From Your Living Room
Wander around Machu Picchu, walk the Great Wall of China or explore the volcanoes in Hawaii. Thanks to technology and virtual tours you can travel the world in your slippers! Check out these free resources to learn more.
April 29, 2020: May Events at Avenu
Caribbean Deck Party, Comedy Night and More!
Spring has sprung here at Avenu! Although we can’t be together in our usual fashion, we’ve put together a creative calendar of community events for the month of May. Combining the best of live and virtual events, we are providing ways to stay active and engaged during this time of social distancing. Be sure to check our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on events.
April 15, 2020: Thriving During COVID-19: How Avenu is Keeping Residents Engaged
The impacts of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place mandates have affected all of us in Massachusetts and beyond. At Avenu, we have adapted our robust daily programming to help residents stay informed and engaged. During this time of social distancing, the need for community and connection is still vitally important to maintain emotional, physical and mental well-being. Events and activities still go on at Avenu, but in some new and unexpected ways. Avenu of Natick, a 62+ Active Adult apartment community, is making it a number one priority to keep its residents top of mind during the pandemic. A community whose concept was built around services, community and amenities, Avenu has found a way to keep these priorities by offering new virtual programs and safety protocols to keep its residents active, healthy and engaged.
March 19, 2020: Curl Up with a Good Book!
Looking for some suggestions for your next great read? Check out Oprah's latest picks!
March 12, 2020: Coronavirus Checklist for Seniors
Some helpful tips to stay healthy
The recent spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has impacted over 100 countries across the globe. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised people over 60 and those with severe underlying health conditions to take extra precautions to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. According the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus, which can cause a range of symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. The following are a list of preventative measures the CDC has outlined to protect older adults from COVID-19.
March 6, 2020: HomeLight Shares 8 Tips for Planning Your Next Move
An excellent read on downsizing and planning your next chapter
March 1, 2020: Avenu at Natick Focuses on Active Social Living
Hear what our residents have to say!
When Linda Hoffman decided to move back to New England to be closer to her two children and five grandkids, her one big requirement was finding a place to live with a real sense of community. “I’m a social person,” Linda said. “I need to know my neighbors and feel like I’m part of something.” After looking at several independent living communities and apartments, she discovered Avenu at Natick, a new 62+ apartment community, and was one of the first residents to sign a lease. “I wasn’t going to move until I found the right place,” continues Linda. “The social atmosphere was a big motivator. We get together for breakfast every day and check in on each other. My grandkids are only 20 minutes away and can come here to stay with me, use the pool, see a movie or go to the mall.”
We often say, "You’ll love the Avenu lifestyle." So what is life at Avenu all about?
Avenu is for when you're ready to relax without slowing down.
For those who want to stay active, stay social, and remember a time when “neighbor” was just another word for “friend”.
Avenu is so much more than an active adult community. It’s where you gather for morning coffee, an afternoon card game, a glass of wine by the fire. Where you can try something new and keep all your favorite hobbies.
We coordinate daily activities, classes, and events to keep residents active – both physically and socially. Whether you’re looking to keep up your daily fitness routine or get started with a new one, we work with local trainers and health professionals to offer a wide range of classes and activities. From movie nights to nature walks, we know it’s important for you to feel engaged and have a sense of community in your home. If this sounds like you, then you’ll love the Avenu lifestyle too.
For the gardeners, the card players, the chefs, the knitters, the runners, the readers, the avid anything-ers; for the experts, the novices and everyone in between, Avenu is for you.