The Cambridge Homes Independent and Assisted Living: A Distinguished 130-Year History

A trusted senior community for 130 years, the not-for-profit Cambridge Homes features 44 independent and assisted living apartments and offers residents a wide variety of cultural, educational, wellness and social programs. The Cambridge Homes is located in an historic Georgian-style building on Mount Auburn Street just a mile from Harvard Square and adjacent to Mount Auburn Hospital. This gracious community is a good choice for individuals who wish to enjoy the many benefits of city living but who also desire security, personalized services and companionship. The residents of The Cambridge Homes enjoy its relaxed ambiance, stimulating programs and top quality services. They lead independent lives yet enjoy the advantages of living in a caring community where everyone’s voice is heard. 

The Cambridge Homes has a rich tradition of service to local seniors. The not-for-profit organization was established in 1887 by a group of Cambridge citizens (including Alice Longfellow, the poet’s daughter) to create a residence for elderly men and women. The first "Home" was quickly outgrown and in 1898 our current building was built. It was opened the following year in a ceremony presided over by Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard University. As time passed an infirmary was added, and in 1997 we reopened as an assisted living residence following a complete renovation which modernized our building while preserving its historic charm and original architectural details.

The Cambridge Homes is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Charitable contributions from individuals, families, corporations and foundations assist with The Home's mission to assist residents in need... LEARN MORE>>

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The Cambridge Homes Wins Excellence in Action Award

Our independent and assisted living community is recognized for the 5th consecutive year. Read More

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Watercolor Exhibit on Display

The Cambridge Homes invites you to view our current exhibit: Watercolors by Dan Cianfarini. Exhibit runs from June 1st through July 31st. 

Artist Statement: I began painting in watercolors about 16 years ago. I’m temperamentally drawn to certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, specifically its focus on finding beauty in the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. For me, the challenge of watercolor painting is in finding a style that will allow for rendering the surface of things without losing the medium’s characteristic freshness, transparency, and luminosity.

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- Helene Quinn, Executive Director

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