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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Get to know the #Branchlands family!

John Adams was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital, beginning his life as a Navy brat with an older brother, Jim, and a younger sister, Vicki. They lived on the French Riviera, in England, and in Moscow, where their father was assigned to American embassies.

He attended Towson State University in Maryland and was part of the Student Activities Committee, responsible for celebrity speakers such as Senator William Proxmire, Marlo Thomas, Spike Lee, and Jane Fonda, for whom John served as escort!

Upon graduation he was hired to manage the student center, and stayed there for 35 years in various management positions. Over the years, he enjoyed working with the students and he made many interesting friends, including Olympic athletes Jim Wooding and Carl Lewis. He always lived within walking distance of his job, but he was well known for driving around campus in his red Corvette.

John retired on April Fool's Day (but he really meant it!). After living with his brother in Palmyra, he found Branchlands, where he has been “really impressed” with the kind and friendly staff as well as the residents who are welcoming, caring, and helpful.

— adapted from "Getting to Know You" by Mary Rodriquez in the Branchlands May newsletter.
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