Willow Valley Communities'
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U.S. News & World Report Best Independent Living Community

Lancaster, PA – Willow Valley Communities, a premier 55-plus community in Lancaster, PA has been rated a Best Independent Living Community by U.S. News & World Report in its inaugural Best Senior Living ratings for 2022-2023.

U.S. News & World Report and its survey provider,  Activated Insights, collected data on more than 3,000 communities throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii, representing more than 80 senior living operators. Residents and families were also asked to rate their experiences on various aspects of senior living.  From that data set, U.S. News analysts rated Willow Valley Communities as a “Best” in the category of Independent Living.

Willow Valley Communities’ chief marketing officer, Brian T. Rutter said he is delighted by the rating, but added that he is most humbled by the nearly 200 comments of praise that Willow Valley Communities residents and family members added to their survey responses. The comments are posted on the U.S. News & World Report’s web site

Rutter further added how the “Best” Independent Living Community rating fits perfectly with Willow Valley Communities’ Life Lived Forward philosophy.  “At Willow Valley Communities, we’re focused on rethinking retirement.

Our Residents embrace the idea of not looking back at the life that you had prior to retirement; rather, it’s about looking forward at the rich, thriving, passion-filled life that you’ve going to have ahead. Willow Valley Communities is a place where you can pursue your passions and live the lifestyle you choose. We embrace Life Lived Forward because we think about the possibilities that lie ahead in retirement.”

Contributing to Willow Valley Communities achieving the coveted Best in Independent Living rating are award-winning amenities that Residents enjoy as part of an exceptional lifestyle:

  • 80,000 sq. ft. Cultural Center
  • 30,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse
  • 500-seat performing arts theater
  • Aquatics and Fitness Centers
  • Day Spa
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Bowling alleys
  • Vintage arcade
  • 12 Culinary Venues — cafes to gourmet restaurants
  • 100 clubs and groups
  • World renowned programming and entertainment

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Quick Facts

Always refer to us as Willow Valley Communities. We are a 55+ community, not a retirement home, a nursing home, or a facility.

  • 2600 residents
  • 1600 team members
  • 210 acres


Willow Valley Communities features three campuses: Manor, Lakes, and our next generation of exquisite residences: Mosaic by Willow Valley Communities, coming soon to vibrant Lancaster City.

Manor Campus: Includes Manor, Manor North, Providence Park, The Vistas, North Garden Apartments.

Lakes Campus: Includes Lakes Manor, Spring Run, Willow Gables, Mid-Rise, Lakes Villas, SouthPointe at Lakes.

Mosaic Campus: A 20-story high-rise coming soon to Lancaster City’s Market District, will feature 146 residences with luxury amenities and will be conveniently located close to arts, museums, shops, live entertainment, and dining.

Supportive Living: Includes Meadow Ridge, The Glen, Lakeside, Cedar Brook at the Glen.

Lifestyle & Care: Willow Valley Communities offers over 100 different residence floorplans to choose from along with resort-style amenities. Willow Valley Communities is an exclusively Lifecare Type A contract community, meaning if an enhanced level of care is ever needed in the future, ra resident’s monthly service fee does not increase because of that care. This provides predictable future fees and financial peace of mind for residents, and their families.