Good old Milwaukee is an endearing yet underrated city with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and top-notch cultural attractions that appeal to seniors and residents of all ages. According to national rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Milwaukee isn’t just a great place to live; it’s a great place to retire. The state’s largest city is home to nearly 60,000 residents over 65, and county-operated senior centers dot its neighborhoods.
Although Milwaukee is packed with attractions like the Pabst Mansion, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and the landmark Oriental Theatre, the cost of living is competitive. Long-term care expenses are just below the state median, and seniors enjoy all the benefits of living in a well-connected metropolitan area. If you’re ready to experience a maintenance-free, worry-free lifestyle, this guide includes detailed information on 10 of Milwaukee’s top senior living communities.
BRIA of Trinity Village
7300 W. Dean Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53223
BRIA of Trinity Village is a full-service senior living community located 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. The facility offers independent and assisted living as well as advanced medical services in separate areas. Its village-style campus has a friendly ambiance, well-maintained grounds and many amenities, including a chapel, physical therapy gym, community lounge and game room. Trinity Village has a restaurant-style dining room, and assisted living residents have the option to prepare their own meals at home or visit local restaurants.
Villa St. Francis
1910 W. Ohio Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Founded by the Felician Sisters, Villa St. Francis is a faith-based senior living facility located in southern Milwaukee adjacent to Ascension St. Francis Hospital. The community offers independent and assisted living services based on residents’ unique, varied needs. Seniors can choose from studios and one- or two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, and all-inclusive rates cover housekeeping, two gourmet meals and all amenities. Residents can watch horse-racing in the garden room, work out with the walking club or participate in spiritual activities that frequently appear on the well-rounded calendar.
St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus
3800 N. 92nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53222
St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus is centrally located in northwest Milwaukee near the green spaces of the Menomonee River and several religious organizations in the St. Amelian’s area. The senior living community offers a full continuum of care, and its Tivoli Terrace and Jordan Hall neighborhoods cater to seniors interested in assisted living. Landscaped courtyards and shaded walking paths that allow residents to access on-site amenities and medical services link each part of the campus.
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Greenfield
5790 S. 27th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Set in Milwaukee’s southern suburbs, Autumn Lake Healthcare at Greenfield occupies a convenient location with excellent access to local transportation corridors and the General Mitchell International Airport. Assisted living residents live in private and semiprivate suites that have kitchenettes, safety-oriented bathrooms and emergency call systems. Seniors with advanced needs receive subacute long-term care services in a dedicated wing with extra staffing. All Autumn Lake residents have access to private gardens and an on-site salon, restaurant and gift shop.
New Perspective | North Shore
8875 N. 60th St.
Brown Deer, WI 53223
Located in suburban Brown Deer, New Perspective’s North Shore community offers a la carte services based on individual preferences. The community is a short distance from shopping, dining and several popular walking trails, and it’s minutes from major north-south routes such as Green Bay Road. The impressive campus includes a pool, fitness center and salon/barbershop. On-site physical therapy and religious services allow seniors to maintain their fitness and spiritual well-being without leaving home. This fully equipped facility offers exceptional care in a gorgeous setting, which is why we’ve included it on this list of the area’s best senior living communities.
Clare Terrace Assisted Living
3553 S. 41st St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Clare Terrace is a centrally located assisted living community minutes from major transportation corridors and the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. Thanks to weekday transportation services, seniors have a direct connection to cultural attractions and professional services in a 20-mile radius. The fully equipped facility is staffed around the clock, and residents have access to many amenities, including a chapel, salon, craft room and kitchen, which is used by the baking club. Seniors also enjoy a gourmet dining program with three daily meals and around-the-clock snacks and beverages.
The Polonaise at Wilson Commons
1500 W. Sonata Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Ideal for seniors interested in assisted or independent living, Wilson Commons offers personalized care in a convenient setting that overlooks Wilson Park yet is minutes from shopping, dining and major highways. Private one- and two-bedroom apartments feature full kitchens and walk-in showers, and some have patios or balconies with scenic views. Abundant amenities, social events and spiritual services help residents maintain an active, fulfilling lifestyle. Although staff members are available around the clock, care plans promote maximum independence, which is why we’ve selected Wilson Commons as one of the area’s best assisted living facilities.
Ovation Chai Point
1400 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Overlooking Lake Michigan, Ovation Chai Point offers modern apartment-style living in the heart of Milwaukee’s trendy East Side. This Ovation community organizes stimulating activities and seasonal events celebrating the Jewish faith, and the facility is conveniently located next to the Jewish Milwaukee Museum. We’ve named this community as one of the area’s best based on the quality care and luxurious amenities, which include an on-site pool. Since religious activities are optional, this community could be a good fit for seniors of all faiths.
2505 E. Bradford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Founded more than 130 years ago, Eastcastle Place provides independent and assisted living as well as a continuum of specialty services in a desirable East Side location. Seniors can choose from one- and two-bedroom suites that include personalized care and access to an aquatic center, rooftop terrace and many premium amenities. Eastcastle Place plans outings to cultural attractions such as the symphony, and residents can stay busy with on-site fitness classes, cocktail hours and hobby clubs.
Village at Manor Park
3023 S. 84th St.
West Allis, WI 53227
The Village at Manor Park provides a full continuum of care in a suburban area near McCarty Park and the Milwaukee County Zoo. The community welcomes independent and assisted living residents and offers specialized services for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia or ongoing medical needs. Residents have access to a restaurant-style dining room, casual bistro and fitness center as well as a chapel that offers full-time pastoral care. Additionally, VMP organizes activities that promote residents’ physical and spiritual well-being.
Is Milwaukee the Right Choice for You?
Some may still think of Milwaukee as the beer capital of the world, but it’s also the coolest city in the Midwest according to Vogue magazine. This senior-friendly city is home to big-name breweries and trendy pubs, and the community honors its diverse founders at seasonal events like Summerfest and German Fest, which are held at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Whether you enjoy classical symphony music or the unmistakable rev of a Milwaukee-made Harley, the Cream City has something for you.