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.

Branchlands building exterior

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

Fresh From

Glenn was born in August of 1924, in the town of Newark, N.Y. To avoid the WWII Draft, he enlisted in the “Moonlight Calvary” to protect the Massachusetts coast from Germans with lasers and searchlights. He was later accepted into the Army Air Corp’s Pilot training program, but it was abruptly shut down before he could fly solo.

Eventually Glenn was discharged from the military and attended college in Columbia, where he studied Journalism. After a series of odd jobs, reporting positions, and hospitalizations for malaria and hepatitis, he enrolled at UCLA in California. It was there that he met Carmen Cobena, the Venezuelan woman who would become his wife. While at UCLA, Glenn got his Masters in journalism, leading to a job at an English Daily Newspaper in Caracas (Carmen's hometown) as City Editor. He and Carmen moved between the States and Venezuela several times before Carmen became ill and died.

Later, Glenn went to Charlottesville, VA to visit a friend and decided to stay. He became part of a Senior Center Writing class and eventually moved to Branchlands, where he enjoys the Writing for Pleasure class. When he's not sharing his stories in Writing Class, Glenn goes to Silver Sneakers exercise here at Branchlands.

Adopted from Resident Spotlight by Betty Kollar
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The squirrel came to the garden at nine-thirty
He ran all around and acted quite flirty

But the birds had learned their lesson well
And had come a bit early to breakfast in this dell

Where there were enough seeds for all.

–"Birds Test Their I.Q." by Jean Baker
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