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!

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2 weeks ago  ·  

Sunday in the Park
By, Jean Baker; from our Writing for Pleasure group.

There was a French impressionist who painted an interesting picture called “Sunday in the Park”. It is a display of haute couture in Paris during the late 19th century. The people were there to see and be seen. Quite a crowd.

Our “Sunday in the Park” was quite different. There was no one there except Douglas, myself, and the wildlife. The park is fortunately on the grounds of Branchlands, and this was a perfect Sunday in May. The sun shone in and out of the magnificent trees and a slight breeze rippled the water on the little lake. The lake reflected an exquisite water color of trees and small cottages. I hope someone will paint this enchanting scene.

On our return walk we trailed a gathering of geese–three adults and seven goslings–wearing soft grey feathers. The parents were obviously protecting the young. They made no noise but stopped now and then to let a small one catch up. They were conscious of us, but did not sound the alarm bell. Finally they left the path and ambled down into the grass where they feasted on nature’s snacks. What a dignified performance in the face of danger! The birds have lessons to teach us in the quiet of a Sunday walk in the park.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

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