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5 Advantages of Choosing Cottage Living in a Retirement Community 

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You’ve made the decision to move to a retirement community. Now it’s time to decide what type of home style that best suits your style, needs and preferences. In life after retirement, some older adults enjoy more communal living and choose apartment homes. Others prefer a bit more independence and opt for standalone cottages. There is no right answer – of course, it is a personal choice – but there are certain benefits to cottage living, including increased independence, more space, increased privacy, more options for personalization and better access to the outdoors!

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When you choose a cottage home in a retirement community, you get all of the services and amenities that can be found on campus, but you retain the feeling of independent living. Jan, a current Peconic Landing cottage member, explained why she and her husband chose a cottage home. “It was important to us that we could move into a cottage because we still wanted as much of a remarkably independent life as possible, and certainly, our cottage has provided that,” she said.


Cottage homes for seniors are typically more spacious. Many cottages offer two or more bedrooms, oversized closets and porch or patio options. More space provides bedrooms, bathrooms and common spaces with larger walkways, too, to make moving around easier. This also allows for gatherings of friends and family without concern for comfort. For people with outdoor gear or automotive interests, cottages with garages offer additional space to store items and work on projects.

Cottage homes for seniors are typically more spacious.


For anyone who likes a little extra privacy, the space that comes from cottage living is always a good thing! Since cottages are typically one story, there are no neighbors above or below you! With a private entrance, only you know your comings and goings. Cookout in the backyard? No problem. Windows open during good weather? You shouldn’t hear everything your neighbors are saying if you live in a cottage.


Cottage homes allow for personalization – inside and outside of your doors. Larger homes give members more options for hanging artwork, adding design elements or architectural detail and placing furniture. Two-bedroom cottages can become a one-bedroom with a craft room, library or office! And, if you like to garden, cottages can offer outdoor space for plants, flowers and even vegetables. Turn your yard into something that delights your neighbors with sights and smells.


Cottage homes provide better access to the community. People with pets or a preference to sit in the sun can step just outside of their front or back door to access their yards, common spaces and dining. They can also usually move from their home to other parts of the campus or even the nearest stores via car or golf cart faster than members living in a multi-story apartment building.

When you are choosing the type of home you want in your favorite retirement community, take a good look at cottage options for their size, personalization potential and accessibility. Cottages are the perfect way for older adults to remain independent, yet connected to a community filled with things to do.

cottage living husband and wife with golden retriever on back deck

Peconic Landing Cottages – Greenport Independent Living

Peconic Landing is one of the few retirement communities in New York State to offer independent living cottage homes, giving our campus a true neighborhood feel. Peconic Landing has 105 spacious cottage homes – each floorplan features a fully-equipped kitchen, wood cabinetry, wall-to-wall carpeting, large walk-in closets, storage space, options like sunrooms and fireplaces, and a two-car garage. Enjoy the privacy of cul-de-sac views, or take in the neighboring vineyard, golf or waterfront vistas from your private patio. Our cottages offer great value and space while accessing the benefits of lawn care and home maintenance. By living in a cottage, members also have access to the services, amenities, and healthcare options available throughout the rest of the campus.

If you are looking for cottage senior living options in Long Island, contact Peconic Landing today to learn more!

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