Community Members celebrate the life of long-time Member Bob Wolfinger, near the spot at which he died.





Coming up - ElderSpirit Community, Inc. retreats led by Jean Marie Luce and Monica Appleby. Click on the glorious woods to the right for details.





At present our rental apartment homes are fully occupied, but we are taking applications for the waiting list.

If you know that you are only interested in purchasing a home and not renting, email Dene Peterson, or write her at 194 Highland Street Abingdon VA 24210.

All applicants must complete the application process for ElderSpirit Community.

Please note that ElderSpirit Community is not an assisted living facility. It is a community of independent people aged 55+ who are able to care for themselves, or arrange for care on their own behalf. Whether you are hoping to rent or purchase, if you have questions about living in community, please review the page entitled "Membership". You may want to look at all the documents that link from that page, before proceeding further.


*While income limits do apply to our rental homes, income limits do not apply to the purchasers of the 13 owner homes. The owner homes are priced in the range of $150.00 to $180.00, but can be more or less, since the seller determines the price. Some homes have one bedroom, and some have two.

*From time to time both rental or owner homes become available. If you have reviewed the material on the page "Membership", and you can see yourself in one of these homes, contact us by email at

*PLEASE NOTE: as ElderSpirit is a participatory community, members are committed to community life. Before purchasing or renting a home a prospective buyer or renter must complete the membership process. This process begins with reviewing the page "Membership" or emailing

*If you would like to visit the Community and take a serious look for yourself, we have two guest rooms in the Common House available for rent by visitors. One has a Queen bed; the other has twin beds. There is a shared bath between the two rooms. The rooms are available at $30 per night. If you wish to make arrangements, email Dene Peterson at



ElderSpirit has been featured several times at the American Institute of Architects' annual conferences. We were honored as one of the communities that focus on Principles of Livable-Communities.

At the invitation of the 2013 Virginia Highlands Festival, ElderSpirit Community at Trailview hosted a stroll though through our gardens on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Light refreshments were served as we greeted our strolling guests, and the weather cooperated. It was a beautiful day.

ElderSpirit Community regularly holds retreats in Abingdon, through which you can explore living in community. This fall the retreat will run from October 3rd to October 4th. Click the arrow for information, or call 276-698-3289 .

Cathryn Wellner, on her blog "This gives me hope", cites ElderSpirit as #325 in her 1001 reasons to be optimistic. She says "ElderSpirit brings depth and dignity to aging." Take a look: hope

Member Anne Leibig shares her thoughts on "Spirit of Place - Sitting Still in ElderSpirit" including one of her poems:

Member Marianne Boyle reflects on our experiences with neighborly care, in "A Case for Mutual Support"

One of our members, Richard Brumleve, has been honored for his artwork. Read all about it: RBcalendar

ElderSpirit now has a labyrinth! Artist Margaret Gregg describes "How it came to be". Click the arrow to find the Labyrinth labarrow

Part of Kathy Hutson's life story was published in a recent issue of her alma mater's magazine

At the 2011 National Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States, ElderSpirit developer Dene Peterson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Well-deserved, Dene! Follow the arrow for photos

A video story featuring ElderSpirit and produced by News21 jounalists from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is posted on the New York Times website. Click on the logo to view: nyt

Follow the ElderSpirit at Trailview page on Facebook: fb


This is the official website of ElderSpirit Community at Trailview. We welcome all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, elderliness, or national origin.


ElderSpirit Community is entirely smoke-free, including the grounds.



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