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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Help Us Fill “Blessing Bags” for Local Families in Need

We are collecting items to assemble “Blessing Bags” filled with gifts for the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, an organization that supports and houses more than 200 homeless families. This year, our item list includes personal care products, non-perishable snacks, and $5 Dunkin’ Donuts or McDonalds gift cards, which may be dropped off at our community from now until December 18th. Check out this flyer for a fill list of items » Read coverage in The Cambridge TAB »

Longy School of Music Partners with The Cambridge Homes

The Longy School of Music has partnered with The Cambridge Homes, an independent and assisted living community, to explore “Music as a Healing Art.” This phrase is also the title of Longy’s course in which they partner with local health care facilities to give their students the opportunity create and develop therapeutic music programs. Read more in the Cambridge Chronicle »

The Cambridge Homes Named "Excellent" 6 Years in a Row!

Our independent and assisted living community has been recognized with the Excellence in Action Award for the 6th consecutive year! We had qualifying scores in both the resident and employee satisfaction categories, one of only two Assisted Living communities to do so. Read more in the Cambridge Chronicle »

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The Cambridge Homes invites you to view our current exhibit: Mixed Media Art & Photography

by Adrian Johnston and Stone Johnston | Exhibit runs through November 27th

About the Artist Brothers: Adrian Johnston’s mixed media work is closely intertwined on a microcosmic scale to his own life, memory, and experiences. Stone Johnston has spent nearly half of his life living in Asia and traveling around the world taking photographs.

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- Helene Quinn, Executive Director

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