Senior Independent Living Community

Branchlands is a special place where neighbors share the news of the day over coffee—where individuality is respected, and independence encouraged. When visitors come away from Branchlands, they comment on the community’s intimacy, warmth and congeniality.

Branchlands is an ideal home for people age 55 and over who want to enjoy the amenities of fresh cooked meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation service. The refurbished Manor House, built circa 1860, is at the heart of Branchlands. An elegant dining room, library, large screen TV theater, and well-equipped exercise room compliment 69 bright, spacious one and two bedroom apartments, many with balcony or patio.

Situated on 26 landscaped acres in the center of Charlottesville, Virginia, Branchlands offers residents buccolic walking paths, a lake, flower gardens, and a fishing pond.

Home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has the cultural, medical, shopping, entertainment and dining advantages of a major city while being in the center of Virginia’s historic and beautiful Piedmont region.

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Branchlands exemplifies those qualities that led USA Today to rate Charlottesville the #1 Place to Live in America!

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Dianne's #quote of the month: "When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea." ... See MoreSee Less

17 hours ago  ·  

Poem written by Lou C. (This month’s Resident in the Spotlight)

If I were to write about me,
What would the main topics be?
The professional things I have done,
Or, the ways I sure tried to have fun?

The whole real me that made the person I have become,
Combines the professional working mom and the creative things I have done.

So, appreciate it all, and you'll have a ball,
Cause I sure wasn't some kind of nun!

Were you???
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6 days ago  ·  

Lou C. was born in New York City. Her father, a leading marine biologist, was director of the Brooklyn Aquarium, where Lou spent a great deal of time and developed her interest in science. After earning her bachelor's degree from NYU, Lou was employed in the research lab of the Pfizer Company. They paid the tuition for her to get a master's degree, and she met her first husband in graduate school. When he wanted to go on for his doctorate, they moved to Chicago; Lou supported the family by working for the Searle Pharmaceutical Company where she was one of the negotiators to gain FDA approval for new products.

They had three children: Lisa and her husband teach at UVA and have a daughter and a son. Laura, formerly a champion figure skater, lives in Florida; John, a motorcycle racing champion, is also in Florida and has two sons.

Lou earned her PHD with a dissertation on how to have medicines and medical devices approved by the FDA, and then started her own consulting firm, helping companies all over the world to gain approval for their products from the FDA.

She and her first husband had gone off in different directions when she met her second husband, the British president of a genetic engineering firm. Together they built an ultra-sound engineering business which later was bought out by a Chinese company. They were living in Florida when he wanted to return to England and Lou stayed in Florida.

While still consulting, Lou began a fascinating new chapter in her life when she opened a restaurant on St. Armand's Key. Cafe New Orleans featured Cajun and Creole food along with entertainment every night. After five years, she closed the restaurant, downsized her home, and moved to Branchlands. She is an Active Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Member of Who's Who Worldwide.

--- adapted from "Getting to Know You" by Mary Rodriguez in the October newsletter.
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1 week ago  ·  

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