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Juniper House Opens in Burlington, with 70 Affordable and Mixed-Income Homes for Adults 55+

View of Juniper House from the corner of North Avenue and Cambrian Way.

View of Juniper House from the corner of North Avenue and Cambrian Way.

Cathedral Square recently opened Juniper House, Burlington’s newest affordable/mixed-income, independent living community for adults 55 and older. Located on the corner of North Avenue and Cambrian Way, it offers 70 one- and two-bedroom apartments at subsidized, tax-credit and market-rate rents.

The four-floor, 70,000-square-foot building exceeds Efficiency Vermont’s “High Performance Multifamily Building Standard.” There are several lounges, a community room with kitchen, an activity room for group exercise and other programming, underground parking, storage units, outdoor garden beds and more. Works by local artists are featured in common areas. Rent includes free use of laundry facilities and all utilities except telephone and cable. Juniper House is a SASH® (Support and Services at Home) location, with a full-time SASH coordinator and part-time wellness nurse.

Juniper House was developed in response to the growing need for affordable housing for older Vermonters and the critical shortage of affordable housing in general, particularly in Chittenden County where vacancy rates are below 1%. This troubling statistic is underscored by the fact that 420 people remain on the wait list for an apartment at Juniper House after all 70 apartments have been leased.

A video tour of Juniper House is available at tinyurl.com/CSC-Juniper.