50+ Residential Communities

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50+ Communities with a Difference

Named after beautiful communities in the Lake District in England, Coniston and Cartmel are two of the four campuses that are a part of the Kendal~Crosslands Communities.

Both Coniston and Cartmel provide maintenance-free, independent living for people 50 and older, as well as services and amenities not available in most other active adult communities. Coniston and Cartmel residents live in comfortable, well-designed carriage homes, nestled among mature trees and sweeping meadows.

Benefits of Living at Coniston or Cartmel

If you are looking for something more than just 50+ living, then Coniston and Cartmel may be just what you’re searching for!

As with many 50+ communities, exterior maintenance is included, but at Coniston and Cartmel we include interior maintenance of the home as well. If something of ours breaks, leaks, or just needs repair, you only have one call to make, and we will be over to remedy the problem. Residents can enjoy amenities like weekly housekeeping and linen service without the added expense of a Life Care contract. Residents of Coniston and Cartmel enjoy the use of the many amenities available on the Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands campuses, including fitness centers, indoor pools, exercise rooms, libraries, and programs. Each community has its own residents’ association through which residents participate in the operation of various aspects of the community.

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With 18 carriage homes built in 1981 on the lush Chester County landscape, just off Locust Grove and Haines Mill roads in Pocopson Township—Coniston is the smaller of the two 50+ communities that are part of Kendal~Crosslands Communities.

Residents enjoy social gatherings, hiking in the meadows, watching fireworks from nearby Longwood Gardens, and simply relaxing on their outdoor decks enjoying nature.

Coniston is located less than 2 miles from the Crosslands campus, allowing convenient access to the many programs and amenities enjoyed by all Kendal~Crosslands Communities residents.



Our Cartmel neighborhood joined the Kendal~Crosslands family in 1988. Cartmel is located off Route 926 less than a mile from Crosslands and features 56 carriage homes situated on the gently sloping hills on its 60-acre campus. The carriage homes are arranged in pairs, with either meadow, wooded, or landscaped views.
Cartmel fosters a sense of community and friendship with social and cultural gatherings.  Residents enjoy walking the trails with friends or furry companions while also staying active in the local community.

Occupancy Rights & Fees

Unlike buying or selling a home, Coniston and Cartmel residents purchase Occupancy Rights to live in the home for as long as they choose.  Since residents do not own the home, they are freed from certain expenses that would come with home ownership such as property maintenance and taxes.  Occupancy Rights are currently selling for between $420,000 to $560,000. The monthly fee for a home in either community is $3,268/month which includes maintenance free living, and housekeeping services to name a few.  When residents move out, or transition over to Kendal at Longwood or Crosslands, we assist with the resale process.

Some residents plan to move to either Kendal at Longwood or Crosslands later for the security that a life care contract brings. Residents of Coniston and Cartmel are able to use the amenities available on the Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands campuses and have priority access to the Health Centers.  Admission to either the Skilled Nursing or Personal Care is paid on a per-diem basis.

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Monthly fees and What They Cover

Fees at Coniston and Cartmel are currently $3,268/month per household and include weekly linen service, housekeeping, water, sewer, and external and internal home maintenance, as well as trash removal, recycling, school, and property taxes. Coniston and Cartmel residents also can take part in the many programs and activities at Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands with most at no charge and are welcome to use any of the facilities including the library, wood shop and art studios, swimming pools and fitness centers.

Fee-for-Service Options

While residents of Coniston and Cartmel have access to the health center and dining rooms, they do so on a fee-for-service basis. Residents can also take advantage of the medical care provided in the medical office suites at Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands.