Independent Living in Charlottesville

Life. Unregimented.

Retirees choose Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge for any number of reasons. For some, it’s a way to lighten the load of day-to-day responsibilities while continuing to enjoy the lifestyle they love. Others are drawn to the charm and appeal of living in Charlottesville. Seniors also prefer to remain in control of their own affairs, and this liberating, self-directed lifestyle is perfect for them. It’s a blend of privacy and community with tailored services and social events that elevate the daily experience — all crafted to preserve your independence. There’s no finer independent living in Charlottesville, VA.

A small sampling of available activities.

  • Weekly concert and speaker series
  • Four unique restaurant and dining experiences
  • Theater, dance, symphony outings
  • Local festivals and concerts
  • Lunch and dinner outings
  • Health and fitness classes
  • Aerobics, aquatic fitness, yoga, Tai Chi, weight training
  • Walking and hiking our 17-acre nature preserve
  • Instructor-led art classes
  • Community college classes
  • Classes from Westminster Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) by residents for residents and Compass Club Wait List members

See a sample of our activities calendar

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Independent living options.

Enjoy a premier residential experience on par with the best apartment home or cottage living anywhere. The maintenance-free home you choose for yourself is the foundation for the freedom you’ll enjoy as part of an unencumbered lifestyle.

Monticello Apartments

Your best residential value that gives access to all community amenities and the financial advantages of Lifecare, while enjoying stunning mountain views in a comfortable floor plan of your choosing, up to 1,357 square feet.

Floor Plans

1BR / 1BA 700 square feet
1BR / Den 818 square feet
2BR / 2BA 944 square feet
Cedar 1086 square feet
Poplar 2BR / 2BA 1357 square feet

Jefferson Cottages

Providing the independence of your own private residence, up to 1,600 square feet, with none of the upkeep or responsibilities, cottages in this attractive neighborhood are your entrée to everything our community offers, including the benefits of Lifecare.

Floor Plans

2BR / 1.5BA 1,030 square feet
1BR / 1.5 BA / Den 876 square feet

Blue Ridge Apartments

Housing some of our largest, most comfortable apartments – up to 1,837 square feet – the Blue Ridge building offers residences in 12 different floor plans, with secure, underground parking. Blue Ridge residents have sightlines of the western mountains, the nature preserve and our beautifully landscaped courtyards.

Floor Plans

Afton 2BR / 2BA 1,360 square feet
Madison 2BR / 2BA / Den 1,663 square feet
Ashlawn 2BR / 2.5BA / Den 1,837 square feet


Hillside Cottages

You’ll have plenty of room – 1,909 square feet – including a sunroom or screened porch to enjoy the striking seasonal changes here in Charlottesville. These lovely cottages also include a gas fireplace and single-car garage.

Floor Plans

Hillside I 2BR / 2BA / Den 1,909 square feet


Pantops Apartments

Sitting atop the Fitness/Aquatic Center, the Pantops building is our newest addition. It features spacious (from 1,268 to 1,575 square feet), light-filled floor plans accented by vaulted ceilings, screened porches and captivating views of Carter’s Mountain.

Floor Plans

Shadwell 1BR / 2BA / Den 1,268 square feet
Farmington 2BR / 2BA / Den 1,575 square feet

Albemarle Cottages

These impressive cottages have everything – vaulted ceilings, floor plans that feature a deck or porch, others that feature a screened porch or sunroom, plus a two-car garage and room for extra storage – up to 2,209 square feet of space.

Floor Plans

Lewis 2BR / 2.5BA / Den 2,156 square feet
Clark 2BR / 2.5BA / Den 2,053 square feet


The living space you’re looking for.

Choose from apartment floor plans ranging from 700 to 1,800 square feet, to cottages with more than 2,200 square feet.

For more on independent living at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, please use the contact form or call 434-972-2622.

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Of course. If you have special preferences for certain interior design elements – paint, window treatments, floor covering – we’ll work with you to accommodate them.

Leave that to us. We provide weekly light housekeeping and flat linen service, with additional housekeeping and other services available for an additional fee. All repairs and maintenance — inside and out — are taken care of.

Absolutely. You’ll have the opportunity to join committees focused on different aspects of community life, and to participate on the community’s Resident Association. These resident committees support and advise the administration in both strategic planning and tactical execution.

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer independent living and a comprehensive range of long-term care services, from assisted living and memory support to licensed skilled nursing care. These services are available on both a short- and long-term basis, as needed. At Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, your transition between different levels of care is seamless thanks to Lifecare.

Not-for-profit communities such as Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge manage their financial resources in accordance with their mission, with long-standing values reflected in governance and management. This means that profits go back into the community itself, rather than to investors or shareholders. What’s more, the benevolence fund of the Foundation ensures that residents who outlive their resources through no fault of their own will never be asked to leave. You can be sure that the revenues we generate are being used for the benefit of those who live here.