What a treasure . . . a small village on the coast of Maine that has every day-to-day service you need plus some striking surprises: Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival concerts, the Marine Environmental Research Institute, the Blue Hill Food Co-op, and the renowned Blue Hill Fair are just a few. Model organizations such as the Blue Hill Library and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital are the pride of our town.
Strolling down Maine Street, one is tempted by antiques and boutiques as well as restaurants and galleries. Our graceful and historic neck of the woods has enticed people with diverse backgrounds and talents to make the Blue Hill Peninsula their home. Authors, artists, musicians, craftspeople and generations of Maine families have created a cultural and intellectually rich haven here in Blue Hill.
The main attraction for active retirees is Parker Ridge, a jewel on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Parker Ridge is a friendly, open and relaxing community beautifully situated on 28 acres surrounded by woods and walking trails and commandingly stunning views of Blue Hill Bay. Here you can embrace the heritage, traditions, and integrity of this exceptional place.
What makes a place “home”? Warm, comfortable surroundings. A place where you can relax and feel safe. A place with good, nourishing food. But home is really all about people—family, friends and neighbors. Home is a sense of belonging. Parker Ridge is a small, intimate retirement community that offers a variety of spacious and well-appointed independent living apartments, assisted living suites and cottage homes to fit every lifestyle and budget. All come with personal services and amenities that will make you wonder why you waited so long to really start enjoying your retirement. Home is a sense of comfort and peace of mind.
The cottages at Parker Ridge offer residential privacy in a community setting around a village green. Cottage owners move into a simpler world of home ownership. Many residents say the best part of all is leaving the maintenance to Parker Ridge, allowing them more time to enjoy family, friends and favorite activities. Choose a floor plan that suits you, then furnish and decorate your new home as you wish. Each of our 24 cottages has: a spacious living room, full kitchen with self-cleaning oven, frost-free refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer, two bedrooms, 1-1/2 to 2 baths, a deck, a garage and a potential studio or storage space above the garage. The cottages range in size from 1,050 square feet to 1,750 square feet.
One monthly fee includes: property tax, insurance, repairs and maintenance, grounds maintenance, snow and trash removal, 24-hour emergency call monitoring, activities and scheduled transportation to Blue Hill and Ellsworth. With dining privileges at Parker Inn’s superb dining room, you always have the choice of dining at home, at the Inn, or going out to a great restaurant in the area. And you’ll enjoy every day anew with activities closer to home—walk our beautiful trails in the morning, tend your plot in the community garden, exercise your pet in the Parker Ridge dog run, take in a movie or attend one of the many regularly-scheduled programs and events.
Independent living at Parker Ridge offers the flexibility and convenience of renting your own private apartment and the peace of mind that comes with on-site services and staff who are available 24 hours a day. In addition, the Personal Care Service Program is available to Parker Inn residents to help them maintain their health, independence and well-being while staying in their own apartment. With daily activities, fine dining, beautiful surroundings and friendly neighbors, Parker Ridge is a vibrant yet intimate community that has much to offer. Parker Inn has 34 independent living apartments with eleven different floor plans ranging from 625 square feet to 1,420 square feet.
Parker Court, the assisted living community at Parker Inn, comprises 13 assisted living suites and its own dining room, community living room, sun room, porch and terrace. Each suite is handicapped accessible and has a living and dining area, refrigerator and microwave, bedroom and full bath. The suites may be rented fully furnished. A caring staff is on duty 24 hours a day to help you with everyday personal assistance or individualized nursing care. Other services and amenities include: three chef-prepared meals each day, snacks, laundry, house cleaning, engaging activities and scheduled transportation.
No matter the season, the living is always easy at Parker Ridge. You are invited to stop by for a visit. Here you’ll find good neighbors, caring staff and a warm community where friends and family are always welcome. Home indeed.
After living in Fairfield, Connecticut, for over 70 years, Len’s move to Parker Ridge exceeded his expectations. Following his retirement from his business and his wife’s passing, Len was “feeling a little at sea for a while.” He had to find a new direction and formulate a new life. An avid outdoorsman who loves kayaking, fishing and hiking, Len also wanted to get back to nature. He knew about Acadia National Park and he devised a “physical fitness game plan” for himself. At 75 years old, he determined he’d “better get moving to cover all the mountain peaks.” And he has, indeed, climbed them all.
Len decided to move to Blue Hill, and to Parker Ridge specifically, primarily because his son and his family live here, just four miles away. But Len is no stranger to Maine. His family connections go back to his great-grandfather. His grandfather, as well as his mother and father, were all Mainers from the Augusta area and along the coast of Maine. Here he can enjoy his grandchildren growing up as well as the tranquil lifestyle Parker Ridge affords him. “Anybody who likes nature, wildlife and birds will love the walking trails,” he states. “Parker Ridge is a great place for it. You don’t find this combination in many places.”
“The other part of the combination is Blue Hill,” he goes on to add. “We have everything we need just two miles away and downtown is a quiet little picturesque village.” Len, like so many others, was surprised to find such a wealth of cultural offerings in Blue Hill. Whether you enjoy music, theater or the arts, the number and variety of opportunities for intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment is remarkable for this small an area. According to Len, “There is more to do and enjoy here than in Fairfield County!”
“I carved out a third life for myself here at Parker Ridge that I could not have done in Connecticut,” says Len. “This place is nestled right in the Blue Hill Peninsula with all kinds of hiking trails. Even if you don’t use them you can enjoy sitting on your screened-in porch enjoying a cocktail, looking at the gazebo in the middle of Parker Ridge.” After living here for about a year, Len realized what a “golden nugget” Parker Ridge and Blue Hill is. “I am very happy with my life here,” he says, and wants everyone to know that “the fresh clean air on the Blue Hill Peninsula has the highest air quality rating by the EPA!”
Born in Switzerland, Marianne chose Parker Ridge as her new home in 2005, after she sold her home in Dedham, Maine, where she lived for many years. “I like it very much here at Parker Ridge,” says Marianne. “I like the atmosphere and the people. It’s a nice life. You’re free and yet you’re taken care of if you need it. It’s wonderful to have extra help and assistance.”
Marianne enjoys her independent living apartment at Parker Inn—especially the gorgeous view of Blue Hill Bay she commands from her balcony overlooking the cottages and village green. Still fiercely independent at 92, she goes on to say, “I’m not somebody who likes too much structure. What I find special about Parker Ridge is that it is nothing like an institution. It’s not like other communities I’ve seen. Here you’re free. You can take what’s offered or leave it.”
Marianne also loves the delicious food, engaging activities and warm camaraderie among residents and staff. “The staff at Parker Ridge does a great job making everyone happy,” she says. “I have made many nice friends here, too. I have one very special friend here at Parker Court who I visit every day. We speak French together!”
When asked if she would ever consider leaving, Marianne says, “Absolutely not. All my needs are met here. I even have a garden that I love dearly.” With personal care services avaiIable to her now, and the assurance of being able to age in place with full assisted living in Parker Court when she needs it, Marianne sums up what everyone here feels: “I plan on staying here as long as I live.”
One of our newest residents, Claire moved to Parker Ridge with Maddy, her beloved cocker spaniel, from the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York in the fall of 2011. She chose Blue Hill because she wanted to be close to her family. “My daughter and wonderful son-in-law live in Blue Hill. He is a doctor at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.” After her husband passed away, Claire found herself in precarious health. “My family came and said it was time to move to Parker Ridge.”
Claire had spent some time with another daughter talking about options and Parker Ridge always came out on top. Her first task was to sell her house, which she did in three days “thanks to nature and hummingbirds!” she gleefully exclaims. She goes on to say how she loves Blue Hill because of its similarity to upstate New York where she had a summer home and where her family had started a music festival. “It’s rich in art and music and intellectual people,” she says. “It means so much to me to have such quality here. It’s thrilling. I go to practice rehearsals and feel like I’m back home listening to world famous artists.”
Art was also a very important part of Claire’s experience at home and at Parker Ridge she was able to bring her husband’s sculpture and other family artwork with her. “I was thrilled that Parker Ridge was able to make this possible,” she says. “To be able to showcase my collection and share it with other people in this setting is beautiful and it has provided me wonderful opportunities to meet other people.”
Nature, too, is an important part of life for Claire at Parker Ridge. “I love the natural beauty of Maine and the plantings and grounds at Parker Ridge are just wonderful,” she enthuses. “I love the walking paths and the dog run. It is a perfect situation for Maddy and me.” The expansive views of the surrounding countryside also give Claire joy each day, reminding her of her longtime summer home. Other residents often tease her because she’ll talk about “the lake I can see out the window, when it’s really the bay!”
Whether commenting on the “superb food,” the plethora of activities and events, convenient transportation or the highest quality medical and personal care services, Claire cannot say enough good things about her life at Parker Ridge. “I’d be hard pressed to recommend any improvements,” she states. “All the staff do a stellar job. I find them all to be very caring, loving and efficient. The atmosphere here is heartwarming and stimulating. It’s just a good place for me to be.”
A transplant from Westchester County in New York, no one can argue that Elvira isn’t a true Mainer now. “I moved to Penobscot where I had a mini-farm for 35 years. I had a vineyard and produced wine.” She also did a great deal of silversmithing in her retirement. When she reached the ripe young age of 90, Elvira moved into her lovely cottage at Parker Ridge with her beloved companion, Penny. Here she has transformed her garden into a stunning showcase that is appreciated by all who pass by or are lucky enough to get a personal guided tour.
When asked about life at Parker Ridge, Elvira is not shy with her compliments. “I love my cottage!” she joyfully exclaims, “and I love Parker Ridge. I’ve been an avid gardener all my life and I love that I can garden here.” Elvira also enjoys life in the village of Blue Hill. “I volunteer at the local library, which I enjoy very much, and I play duplicate bridge at a variety of places.” And to be sure, the residents enjoy her whenever they see her zip by. With Penny in her arms and a wink in her eye, Elvira proudly exclaims, “I still drive. I’m known as the crazy old lady with the red convertible.”
For more details about our community, please call Verena A. Stoll at 207.518.7430 or visit us at ParkerRidge.com.You can also keep in touch with us at Facebook.com/RetireAtParkerRidge.