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Independent Living Options for Enjoying an Active Lifestyle in Retirement

Growing older and exiting the workforce means more free time to enjoy your favorite hobbies, volunteer work, or spend time with friends and family. For many, it also means relocating to a community of individuals whose lives are similar to theirs. Retirement communities can be excellent places to enjoy these golden years of your life where your time is your own.

Located in northeastern Lancaster County, Zerbe Retirement Community provides worry-free independent living for active seniors in a close-knit and caring community. Our location is near some of the best things the area offers. It's a beautiful place to begin new friendships, enjoy free time, stay active, or learn new skills. Learn more about the homes we have for sale, and start planning your time with us, today!

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While there are currently no available independent living residences in our community, we are accepting waitlist applications.

Own Your Home on Our Retirement Community Campus

At Zerbe Retirement Community, Woodland Heights is the name of our independent living neighborhood. Surrounded by picturesque Lancaster County farmland, Woodland Heights is a warm and inviting senior living community of 58 homes for independent adults ages 55 and over.

But that's not all. Zerbe's independent living experience is different from many other senior care communities. Your Woodland Heights home is a true investment that can appreciate in value! Through a condominium agreement with your name on the deed, we can offer a 75% return on the sale price of your independent living home to you or your heirs if/when you leave our community—that's a better life at an exceptional value.

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Discover What Independent Living at Zerbe Includes

In addition to the unique ownership structure we offer in our independent living community, you will also receive access to a full suite of comprehensive senior care services and amenities.

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Full Property Care

Our monthly fees are low compared to other local senior housing options and include lawn care, snow removal, trash pick-up, water, and sewer services. Plus, your real estate tax is included.

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Community Events

Every day brings new adventures and experiences for all of our Zerbe Retirement Community residents. We do everything from art classes to ziplining—and you're invited!

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Access to Medical Care

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), we provide all levels of senior care at Zerbe, including Personal Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Memory Care, and Independent Living.

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Return on Your Home Investment

You or your heirs will receive 75% of the proceeds of the sale of your home when you move to our personal care or skilled nursing facilities or at the time of your passing.

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How the Cost of Independent Living at Zerbe Compares to Other Retirement Communities

As you near retirement, or if you are already retired, you know that your financial well-being is a major part of the conversation surrounding this time of life. You want to live comfortably, but you also want to enjoy spending some of the money you've earned over the years on more indulgent things, like trips or extra gifts for the grandkids. That's why choosing a retirement community that can help you meet your needs as you age and is affordable can give you peace of mind.

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Our Current Homes for Sale

Explore the independent living homes currently for sale in our picturesque 60-acre community designed for a relaxing and fulfilling retirement.

While there are currently no available independent living residences in our community, we are accepting waitlist applications.

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2527 Cherry Court (Sold)

1700 sq. ft. end-unit home with 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, screened-in back porch with a great yard (Market Price includes a 75% return of the re-sale.)

2508 School House Lane (Sold)

Unique 2 bedroom, 1 2/2 bath home with a beautiful eat-in kitchen, living room w/ cathedral ceiling and patio. (Market Price includes a 75% return of the re-sale.)

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Discover Our Independent Living Community Newsletter

Do you want to see what things we do and have to offer for our residents? Our Woodland Heights independent living community circulates an exciting newsletter that highlights happenings in and around Zerbe Retirement Community. Enjoy the latest edition of our newsletter online now, and see our activities calendar for this month below!

View Woodland Whisper Newsletter - July 2024
View Woodland Activities Calendar - August 2024
View Woodland Activities Calendar - July 2024

Nearby Attractions and Things to Do

Our campus setting is naturally beautiful—located among farm fields and woodlands in pastoral Lancaster County. But Zerbe Retirement Community is also incredibly close to many exciting attractions. Learn more about our fun-filled senior living community!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Living at Our Retirement Community

Are you looking for some quick answers to common questions about living in a retirement community? We've had plenty of experience addressing the concerns of potential residents and have encountered some questions you might have yourself! Take a look below, and if we still haven't answered your inquiry, please feel free to get in touch with us!


As a person ages, it is common for their healthcare needs to change. Zerbe Retirement Community is a continuing care community, which means that we can continue to care for you or your loved one through any health need changes. Our living options include everything from independent living, for those with minimal needs, to skilled nursing and memory care for those residents that need more advanced care and help with their daily activities.

During your time with us, you may begin living in an independent living community and then transition to our skilled nursing facility as health needs arise. Our residents enjoy aging in a familiar location, making the transition easier for many.


With most retirement communities, you can expect to find older adults who are either at the end of their careers and just newly preparing for retirement or those who are already enjoying their retirement. We are a 55+ community here at Zerbe, meaning our residents are no younger than 55 across our 60-acre campus.


Yes, we offer memory care for our residents as part of our continuing care model. We also offer independent living options, skilled nursing care in a home-like environment, and personal care for those residents who need more assistance throughout their day.


Currently, we do not have any homes available for sale in our independent living for seniors community, but we do have a waitlist. When a home is available for viewing and sale, you can contact us, and we can discuss when you'd like to visit the property to see it.

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If you want to learn even more about Zerbe Retirement Community, our blog is full of helpful information!


Learn More About Who We Are

Zerbe Retirement Community is a unique, friendly, senior living campus that embraces people with various interests and needs. Want a retirement community where "everybody knows your name"? This is it!

Nestled in the countryside of northeastern Lancaster County, Zerbe offers easy access to major roads and highways, yet residents enjoy the tranquility of rural living. Zerbe's 60-acre campus supports all levels of retirement living, from independent living cottages to complete skilled nursing care. Each resident is welcomed as part of our "extended family," and we strive to enhance all phases of your retirement years.

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What we love about Woodland Heights:
Wonderful, spacious & diligently maintained cottages & grounds - monthly Lunch on Us and special activities - a very friendly & loving community - the unsurpassed atmosphere of beautifully scenic and uncluttered Amish farmland.

-Wally & Alice Osman

We didn't want apartment living. We wanted to be able to open our door & walk outside! We love it here.

-Jay & Lois Fulmer

What kind of community did we come to?
Unique - small enough to make friends quickly - true sense of caring from neighbors & staff - friendly, yet private
What are the benefits?
Financial - car & homeowners insurance lower - freedom from home repairs & replacing appliances - mental well-being - call bell will bring help in minutes - 24-hour maintenance if needed
Only regret?
We didn't do it sooner!

-Bill & Claudia Cariss

It has been a privilege to become residents at Zerbe Retirement Community and to be part of this wonderful family of friends. The experience of interacting with the staff and welcoming of our new neighbors has been most cordial & heartwarming.
We have been thrilled with our superb maintenance team who respond promptly to any maintenance concerns. I can say along with other residents who lived here for years have said, "Why didn't we move here sooner?"

-Philip (& Marie) Allcorn

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