Paul and Eleanor Dustin brought their favorite pieces when they moved to Brooksby, including Paul’s model ships and Eleanor’s porcelain collection.

Paul and Eleanor Dustin’s house in Reading, Mass., was the hub of family activity for 52 years. They raised their two daughters, Elizabeth and Martha, in the gray Garrison Colonial, featuring a style of English architecture where the second story slightly overhangs the first.

Eleven Brooksby residents share their stories of escaping Nazi Germany in the film Out of Darkness: Survivors of World War II.

When Anna Smulowitz Schutz joined the pastoral ministries staff at Brooksby Village in 2005, she couldn’t foresee the impact that the Peabody community’s residents would have on her.

Joan Havey and John Murphy perform a duet to Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year” at one of Brooksby’s karaoke nights.

In 2003, Brooksby resident Joan Pappalardo organized a karaoke night for friends to gather and enjoy a lighthearted evening singing along to well-known melodies. Thirteen years later, karaoke night is one of the Peabody community’s longest-running activities.

Brooksby residents placed pushpins on the map location they consider their homeland as part of the community’s Diversity Month celebration.

When Bob Vincent and his wife Fedela started looking at retirement communities, their search took them to three states.

“We lived in Rye, N.H., at the time,” says Bob. “Fedela and I spent the better part of a year visiting communities in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.”

Larry Baldwin has been caning chairs for nearly 40 years, including these chairs in his apartment home at Brooksby.

After spending five years in a condo on Florida’s east coast, Larry and Joanne Baldwin decided to return to their New England roots.

“Our children are in the area, so it made sense to return to the Northeast,” says Larry, who grew up in Hartford, Conn.

Brooksby residents and dance enthusiasts Claire and Rusty Farina celebrate their 60th anniversary this year.

Rusty and Claire Farina come from conspicuously different backgrounds.

She grew up in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, home to a significant Irish-American population. He’s the son of an Italian immigrant who settled in Somerville.

Daniel Ottenheimer (left), president of Mill River Consulting and Brooksby Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Phillips.

Decluttering? Check.

Home staging? Check.

Working with a professional real estate agent? Check.

There are a number of considerations when it comes to selling your home. For Massachusetts home owners who don’t have public sewer, there’s one important factor that can’t be overlooked.

Clayton Small enjoys an active lifestyle at Brooksby Village.

Larry and Naomi Rooney took a year to explore retirement communities once they decided the time was right to move from their home in Hampton Beach, N.H.

This on-the-go couple was looking for a place where they could maintain their active lifestyle.

Brooksby artist Jan Stoffregen enjoys painting boats and water, finding inspiration along the New England coastline.

Art has always been a love of mine,” says Jan Stoffregen. “Now I have the freedom and time to pursue it.”