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New York Retirement Communities


Saranac Village at Will Rogers

78 Will Rogers Drive

Saranac Lake, New York 12983

Nestled in the Adirondacks, Historic, Tudor-Style Building is Home to Independent-Living Retirement Community

Saranac Village is a 71-unit, independent-living retirement community located in upstate New York's Saranac Lake, a small town (population 5,000) inside beautiful Adirondack State Park, the largest wilderness area (six million acres) in the contiguous United States, and just seven miles from the Lake Placid Olympic Village.   The Village is actually a 1930s-era, 70,000 square foot, Tudor-style building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   This community is for those age 55+ who do not want to live alone but who do not need personal or medical care.  



For one monthly, inclusive fee, ranging from about $900 to $2,500 per month, studios and one and two bedroom apartments are available for lease.  Each apartment has a private bath, a kitchen with a stove, a refrigerator and a microwave, a fire alarm, an independent thermostat, wall-to-wall carpeting, apartment maintenance and an alarm system connected to Village staff for 24-hour security.  Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, utilities and an entertainment and activities program are also included in the monthly fee..  There is no buy-in fee, but an entrance fee equal to one month's rent is required.  Visit www.saranacvillage.com for more information.


This community has a great room with 11 foot tall windows, a dining room with 16 foot tall ceilings, a library, a solarium, a fitness center and a small stage for theatrical performances, many open to the public, on-site.  The fulltime activities' director plans a wide variety of social events, including bird watching, shopping trips in Saranac Village, movie outings, card and board games, nature walks and more.  Each evening before dinner a fireside reception is held as well, allowing residents a chance to get together, talk and just relax.  In many ways, living here is similar to living in a nice hotel.

Saranac Village at Will Rogers started out after WWII as a facility providing tuberculosis health care for vaudeville performers.   In 1930, a hospital was built, its distinctive style reminding visitors of a resort more than of a medical facility.  Later renamed the Will Rogers Hospital after the famous entertainer, the hospital became a leader in tuberculosis research until 1975 when it closed its doors.  In 2000, the building reopened as the retirement community it is today and is managed by Kaplan Development Group

Many residents own their own cars, but for those who do not, transportation into Saranac Lake is provided.  This town dates from 1892, although the first settlers came in 1819, and has been ranked as the one of the best small towns in New York.  Known for its preservation of historic architecture, Saranac Lake was a vacation spot for President Calvin Coolidge and today is a safe hamlet that attracts those who enjoy cold, snowy winters and cool summers in a mountain setting.    

With eight parks, three nearby lakes and plenty of terrain for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Village residents have an easy time staying active, and North Country Community College offers residents the opportunity to audit classes free of charge.  Adirondack Medical Center is Saranac Lake's only hospital and has 97 beds with 50 medical personnel.  The next closest hospital is Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital in Malone, 35 miles away.

Saranac Village offers a visitors' program with two free nights in the community's guestroom.  Tours are also offered Monday through Friday during business hours and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

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