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A Community within a Community

The town of Bridgewater is one of our greatest amenities

Location, location, location. It’s the realtor’s mantra, but it applies just as well to seniors seeking a retirement community. Bridgewater Retirement Community is blessed with natural beauty, and one of the best things about our location is the town of Bridgewater itself.

Level paths for active seniors

One of the first things people notice about Bridgewater is how flat the terrain is. Even though we’re amidst Virginia’s stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, the town is unusually level because we’re situated in a valley – the Shenandoah Valley, to be exact. While not every location in the valley has our even topography, Bridgewater’s relative flatness makes walking and bicycling extremely attractive for our residents.

Small town charm…

And there is a lot to walk and bike to. Bridgewater is a classic Main Street America town, with a population just over 6,000. While small, the town boasts thirteen parks, offering everything from golf and tennis to concerts and outdoor movies. There are walking and hiking trails. There are sports venues where kids play baseball and the more seasoned athletes play pickleball. And Bridgewater hosts a four-day Fireman’s Parade and Lawn Party that takes over the whole town. The antique car rally event runs through Bridgewater Retirement Community, so even the less mobile can take part in this local event.

That’s just one of the ways the town looks out for our residents. As citizens of the town, residents of Bridgewater Retirement Community pay no admission or use fees for park services and events. What’s more, our seniors can use their retirement community dining card at two of the restaurants in town.

…with big city conveniences

Many small towns boast of big city amenities. For Bridgewater, it’s more than a boast. We’re fifteen minutes from Harrisonburg, Virginia, home of major health care centers, James Madison University, and one of the five fastest-growing cities in the state. Bridgewater has its own college, too – Bridgewater College is adjacent to the retirement community, which means seniors and students often mix both here and on campus, where lectures, concerts and art shows are open to our residents.

Bridgewater’s location is ideal in other ways, as well. We’re less than two hours from Richmond and Roanoke and under three hours from Washington, D.C. Some of our residents chose Bridgewater not just for its natural beauty and welcoming town, but also to be near family. Any resident who loves American history or day-tripping is an easy drive from a wealth of sites of great interest.

But for the residents who are more retiring, the town of Bridgewater offers most everything they need, delivered with small-town grace and a true community spirit.

Want to learn more? Check out the town of Bridgewater’s website:


To remain eligible for the Home No Matter What Promise, residents must fulfill their obligations in turn as citizens of the BRC community and not give away the resources needed to meet financial obligations to BRC.