Read what people are saying about The Independence Charlottesville on websites including Caring.com, Senior Advisor, and Our Parents.

Downsizing my living accommodations had become necessary due to health concerns. I still enjoy being self-sufficient but cannot take care of a large house. Searching for comfortable accommodations led me (and my daughter) to The Independence. What a great reception we received when we looked at the available apartments! Favorable enough to quickly convince me that The Independence would suit me very well. An the rental process was not difficult.

Perhaps, however, the most favorable and welcoming feeling came as I met a few residents which I was viewing the facility and they were so warm and friendly. This continued after I moved in and has enhanced my feeling that I have made a very good relocation. I must add that the staff are warm and helpful in addition to being cheerful and friendly.

The facilities are very compatible with my needs and there are great activities and interests for those who wish to participate.

I suggest that The Independence be considered when looking for relocation. J. Pryor, November 2014

After 40 years in New York City, I came to Charlottesville to be near my family. The Independence was the perfect place to land and Id recommend it to anyone looking for a permanent place to live, or for a transition between life chapters. It is beautiful and comfortable. The staff is amazing fun, kind, helpful, and patient. A sweet community and varied and interesting activities to participate in or not its an easy restful place to be too. My little dogs and I like it very much!  September 2014

I have lived at The Independence 3 1/2 months now and I must say I am very much at home here. The staff are all very friendly and I have made some wonderful friends.

I enjoy many of the activities.

I lived in my house in South Carolina for 21 years and was worried before I made the move as to how I would do, but that was uncalled for. I have found a home. Thanks to the staff and good neighbors! Jenny Jones, June 2014

In the two years that my husband, Bill, and I have lived here, we have seen the Independence grow, not only in the number of residents, but also in the spirit of community. This is due in large part to our manager and her staff. Ashley has created a warm atmosphere and has succeeded in making the Independence our home.

We have daily exercise classed which now include Yoga and Qi Gong as well as core and strength. We have a myriad of activities as well e.g. Bridge, Bingo, crafts, etc. In addition to the regular van runs, we also have scheduled outings to museums, performances, etc. Charlottesville is an ideal retirement community. Residents also have the opportunity to enjoy each others company at a weekly Happy Hour in addition to our frequent potluck suppers.

We would not have considered moving here if we had not been able to have our pets. So many residents have pets that a playground, the Bark Park, was built just for them. Our two mini dachshunds love the agility course.

This past year we established a Resident Council with elected officers to give all the residents a voice in making The Independence even better. Sandra Deiter, May 2014

I have not been here long enough to much about The Independence. I still have a lot to learn. There are so many residents I have yet to meet, but everyone I have met has been very welcoming. The staff provides answers for questions on the spot or quickly finds the answer. There are activities for all and suggestions for new activities are readily accepted. Its a good place to live. Jean Francolini, May 2014

Welcome Home. This tag line is really true here at THE INDEPENDENCE. The atmosphere here is very comfortable and inviting. The facilities are excellent with a staff that have the attitude of “What can we do to help.” There are plenty of activities if you are so inclined. You can be as active as you want to be your choice. The residents, too, are friendly and are good neighbors. I am thankful that I found THE INDEPENDENCE.-  Sonja V., April 2014

There is a wonderful sense of community, caring & fun from residents & Management alike without ever compromising ones privacy. Living at the Independence has become a new & stimulating way of life for me. April 2014

Meet Some of The Independence Residents


Vicki Holloway

Vicki and Max

One of the earliest residents of The Independence, Vicki Holloway moved here in February 2011.  She wanted a a pet-friendly community that was accessible for her husband who was in a wheelchair. She looked for a community that allowed parking on the same level as the home and wanted a spacious unit to accommodate the wheelchair and plenty of activities.

Her husband has since passed away, but the community has been an important means of support for her.  Her neighbors check in on her regularly and offer many listening ears or helpful words of comfort. “It’s a family of friends,” says Vicki.


Ed Waller

Ed Waller

A Navy man for 24 years, Ed Waller enjoys sharing about his career and travels.  His apartment reflects the many experiences he has had. On his walls he has photographs of the many ships he has sailed and mementos of his exciting trips.

After his wife of 59 years passed away, he was faced with living alone in a spacious home with a large yard. “The house was too lonely. There were too many ghosts.” So Ed moved to The Independence.

He is an avid reader of books, magazines and three daily newspapers and also enjoys playing cards. He plays poker with friends several times a week and is known to spend hours trying to win the pot. Successful or not, he has a great time!


Miriam Corcoran

Teaching has been an important part of most of Miriam Corcoran’s life. She graduated from high school and joined a convent at 17 and was assigned to teach fifth graders in a Catholic school in South Philadelphia. It was her first teaching experience and she loved it. During her career she has taught every grade as well as served as a principal, mother superior and associate superintendent.

While she was teaching full time, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Humanities at Villanova University. Later, she attended the University of Virginia where she received her master’s degree in Reading/Administration and Ed.D in Reading/ Research/ Comparative Education and she was the first woman to attend classes in habit.

A principalship in Danville in 1970 brought her to Virginia and later, as she traveled around the state teaching graduate courses, she noticed a void. Many schools had computer rooms installed, but they weren’t being used well. Seeing a need, in 1990 she began her own business, The Virginia Computer Institute, Inc., and she began building schools in Virginia, incorporating technology and training teachers to use that technology. Her company built seven schools and did everything from drawing up plans, walking them through the approval process and furnishing them once complete.

Miriam moved to The Independence in December, 2011. Based on her experience she has several suggestions for those considering a move to a senior community. She points out that transitions are difficult and people become attached to things which makes it hard to move on. Still the teacher, she suggests that seniors learn to embrace the advantages that a move can mean. “Have fun, enjoy the fact that you don’t have to cut grass and that transportation is available if you want it. Be willing to do and explore. Be ready to try something new…”