Experience NewBridge on the Charles

Our Community

Set on 162 acres of environmentally protected woods and open spaces in Dedham, Massahusetts, NewBridge on the Charles was designed to offer the best in Massachusetts independent living with the utmost respect for our natural resources. Inspired by the tradition of tikkun olam (healing the world), we have preserved 100 of our pristine 162 acres as they are today for future generations. Promoting exercise and healthy living is part of the core mission of NewBridge at the Charles, so we've provided miles of smooth, graded walking trails through that traverse expansive green spaces and vernal pools are spectacular areas for welcoming and watching an abundance of wildlife throughout the seasons.

Our campus was built using sustainable design by meeting current needs without comprising resources for future generations. Our commitment to the environment is evidenced by: 

  • A geothermal system to heat the community. This system uses the temperature of the earth (much warmer in winter than the air in New England) to heat water to warm the buildings. It will provide a savings of 20 percent in electricity costs and 50 percent in gas costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8,000 metric tons annually, the equivalent of taking 1,700 cars off of Massachusetts roads each year. To learn how geothermal heating works, Download a PDF (10MB).
  • A rainwater collection system for irrigation. Water is collected from the many roofs throughout the community through a system of pipes and pumps as well as from roadways, and is sent back into the soil to nourish the plants.
  • Low impact design using porous pavement, through which water seeps back into the soil. These surfaces are more user-friendly to both pedestrians and those using wheelchairs.
  • Green roofs. Trees, shrubs, and grasses are planted on roof surfaces of the buildings throughout the campus. Also, much of the parking (which would otherwise take up vast surface areas) is underground.
  • Outdoor gardens and sitting areas have been created, along with numerous landscaped gathering places for outdoor dining and events. Community gardens, as well as the option to create private gardens in the cottage neighborhood are also available. As part of our commitment to an environmentally friendly community, we utilize drought-resistant and low-water-use plantings.

Take an aerial tour of the grounds and see the beauty that exists at NewBridge on the Charles.

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