Sunderland, MA

Massachusetts Sanderson Place offers seniors affordable housing starting at $838 for one-bedroom units

Beth Torres

Thirty-three newly built affordable housing apartments located in Sunderland, Massachusetts will soon be available to seniors. The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority recently announced the availability of senior apartments in the Sanderson Place development. To be eligible, the head of household must be 62 years of age or older.

Estimated rents for a one-bedroom apartment start at $838 per month and go up to $1,006 per month. Estimated rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,206 per month. Rent includes heat, hot water, AC, and electric.

There are 30 one-bedroom units available and three two-bedroom units. Fourteen of the units are subsidized, which includes units available for residents holding housing vouchers.

Be aware there are household income limitations to rent these apartments. Consult the Sanderson Place affirmative fair housing application form for details on income requirements.

Apartment amenities

These apartments include many amenities ideal for its senior residents. Some of these features include:

  • Units are visitable by persons using wheelchairs.
  • Rooms are designed to accommodate a wheelchair turning radius.
  • Fully accessible bathrooms with roll-in/walk-in showers.
  • Onsite laundry
  • Locked mailboxes
  • Fitness center
  • Community room with dining area and lounge
  • Security cameras
  • Secured building access
  • Intercom with video screen
  • Onsite parking
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

How to apply

The anticipated move-in date for the Sanderson Place apartments is fall 2022 to winter 2023. However, all applications are due well before this. If you’re interested in applying, your application must be postmarked or timestamped no later than June 29, 2022 at 5 pm.

You can mail or hand-deliver your application to the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. To download an application and read more details about the development, go to the housing authority website. The website has diagrams showing the apartment floorplans and includes information about the housing lottery that determines the resident selection. Also, if you need assistance completing the application, you can attend an information session put on by the housing authority.

How does the rent on these apartments compare to other Massachusetts rentals?

The Sanderson Place apartments are attractively priced and affordable compared to rents in other areas. As we reported in our recent Boston rental article, rents in many Massachusetts cities are up significantly over the last year. In fact, Boston is now the third-most expensive city for rentals in the United States, behind New York City and San Francisco. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Boston is a staggering $2,660 per month.

According to rental platform Zumper, there are many other high-priced areas in Massachusetts. These are examples of median one-bedroom apartment rents in other cities:

  • Cambridge, $2,830 per month
  • Waltham, $2,540 per month
  • Framingham, $2,360 per month
  • Brookline, $2,350 per month
  • Medford, $2,110 per month

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