Boston GLBT Seniors Have a Place of Their Own

Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

A new concept in senior living is making it easier for gay seniors and their friends to grow "old and gay" gracefully.
Bellevue Senior Living has transformed a historic manor home on the desirable Bellevue Avenue in Melrose into a shared single-family residence actively welcoming GLBT seniors. Straight seniors are welcome, too.
The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce estimates that there are more than 3 million gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans over age 65, and that number is expected to double by 2030.
While the population has been booming, there are limited options other than downsizing to a condo or being forced to assimilate into a senior living facility where some have experienced discrimination and forced back into the closet.
Bellevue Manor is the first of its kind to provide gay seniors with the opportunity to maintain their current lifestyle with like-minded individuals in a spacious single-family home with the added convenience of support services.
"Senior living doesn't have to mean downsizing or shutting yourself into a condo," said Arnold Silva, the innovator behind Bellevue Senior Living. "Many seniors would like to enjoy living in a spacious elegant property yet be able to travel without worrying about frozen pipes and other emergencies. Whether they are looking for a year-round residence that gives them the freedom to travel or a vacation home, Bellevue Manor was created to give gay seniors and their friends the opportunity to live their freedom years to the fullest."
Situated on a double lot on what Boston Magazine has named the best street to live on, Bellevue Manor of Boston features elegant single-home living for a maximum of four residents in the desirable Bellevue Golf Club area of Melrose.
Buyers can choose a one- or two-bedroom suite or even a floor-through 2 bedroom apartment and share the beautifully-appointed common areas and garden.
Units range from $249,000 to $599,000. The property also offers access to optional services, such as meal service, transportation, activities, outings and housekeeping. Any resident who wishes to live in a gay-friendly environment is welcome. Development plans will soon be underway in other regions.
To learn more about Bellevue Manor of Boston or to suggest a new property location, contact us at 617-666-5555 or visit


  • , 2009-02-18 11:44:02

    Readers interested in learning more about housing options for LGBT elders across the United States will find extensive annotated listings in the "Housing & Support Services" section of the new LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse of the American Society on Aging. Visit

  • , 2009-02-18 12:37:23

    Today, technology does exist which eliminates having to worry about frozen water pipes. Having a Redytemp installed in your home prevents household pipes freezing from within the pipe. We save water, reduced out septic system costs and no longer have to wait for hot water as we did before installing a Redytemp. It’s worth looking into especially in todays economy where saving is a must.

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