What is Independent Living? Whatever You Make It.

As you explore independent living apartment options in Milwaukee, it won’t take long to discover how different Eastcastle Place is. From the truly unique apartment home floor plans to the carefree lifestyle in this close-knit and pet-friendly community, there’s no place quite like it. Out of all the independent living communities in Milwaukee, this is the place you’ll want to call home.

Eastcastle Place has everything you expect in a first-class retirement community – and then some. Maintenance-free, elegantly appointed apartment homes in a variety of floor plans and styles. Services, including housekeeping and transportation, that alleviate the hassles from every day. A wide range of inviting amenities and spaces, such as a fitness center and creative arts studio, that welcome you to enjoy a favorite hobby or activity, or discover a new one. Concierge and staff members who are here to help make life better. Seamless access to on-site care if needs ever change, providing unparalleled peace of mind.

At the heart of the community is your independence. How you enjoy each day is up to you. Want to explore the East Side? That’s easy – lively Downer Avenue is just a short walk away. Care to catch a Brewers game or taste test the best restaurants? We do that a lot. You can serve on any number of resident committees to help us make Eastcastle Place even better. We have so much to offer that you won’t be able to fit it all on your calendar. Here’s just a sample of what you can choose to do on any given day.

  • Swimming
  • Educational seminars
  • Cultural and musical events
  • Off-site outings
  • Creative arts
  • Movie nights
  • Cocktail hours
  • Yoga
  • Poetry club
  • Eastcastle Chorus
  • Play-reading group
  • Writing workshop
  • Music appreciation
  • Book clubs
  • Strength and cardio classes
  • History roundtables
  • Cards and games


Eastcastle Place traces its establishment back to 1884 by a group of publicly spirited women who became interested in the needs of Elizabeth Trevor Thomas, a retired schoolteacher. Those women created a home where seniors could age in comfort and with confidence. Ms. Thomas was the first resident, and by the end of 1885, there were 12 other residents as well – thus The Thomas Tradition was born.

The Thomas Tradition is the Future Resident Club for those interested in Eastcastle Place. The Thomas Tradition offers two options: the Esser Society and the Koch Society. Once enrolled in either society, members are afforded special privileges and access so they can start to experience and enjoy life at Eastcastle Place.

For more information on The Thomas Tradition, please call us at 414-219-1398

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When you’re searching for “senior living near me,” don’t miss Eastcastle Place. We have some remarkable one-bedroom and two-bedroom independent living options here you just won’t find elsewhere. Our Victorian Gothic building was constructed in 1892 and has unique apartment homes that reflect its architectural character. Most have views of Gilman Triangle Park, and you’ll find some that have corner fireplaces and leaded-glass bookcases.

Our contemporary apartments have beautiful detailing and special features such as fireplaces, balconies and turrets.
Whatever your style, there’s a floor plan to fit it. Here are some of our independent living floor plans.

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Sample Floor Plans

The Doulton
Historic Floor Plan
The Rosenthal
Historic Floor Plan
The Classic
Contemporary Floor Plan
The Grand Turret
Contemporary Floor Plan
The Traditional II
Contemporary Floor Plan
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If you’re looking for independent senior living apartments in Milwaukee, you owe it to yourself to visit Eastcastle Place. Use the form on this page to contact us about scheduling a personal visit.

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Life Plan Communities are senior living communities that provide several lifestyle options to older adults, so you can choose the one that fits your needs and the way you want to live. This includes a range of services, amenities, wellness programs and activities, all designed to help you stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. Most importantly, Life Plan Communities provide residents with access to several levels of care at fees significantly lower than market rates. As your health needs change, you have the appropriate level of support. At Eastcastle Place, we offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Because we offer a Type B contract, you only pay for the services you use, and you get a $60,000 credit toward future on-site care.

The IRS has ruled that a portion of the entrance fee is tax-deductible as a future continuing care cost in the year you pay it. All care provided in the Health and Rehabilitation Center can be deductible as well. Discuss all tax considerations with your own tax professional.

There are two costs associated with Eastcastle Place: the entrance fee and the monthly fee.
The one-time entrance fee is an upfront sum to prepay some of the costs that come with offering access to continuing care for life. It also ensures priority access to several levels of continuing care, in case you ever need it. At Eastcastle Place, your entrance fee is based on the size of residence you choose and the number of occupants.

The monthly fee covers the services and amenities you enjoy at the community.

In addition to monthly fees, residents pay for their own telephone service, medications, therapies, outside medical bills, and personal expenses. Residents are charged for additional dining room meals beyond their monthly dining allocation.

Yes! We know how important furry family members are, so we welcome well-behaved pets. Please ask a marketing team member about size restrictions.

Of course! We offer surface parking as well as heated underground parking (an additional $50 per month). Free outside parking is available for all residents and guests.

Eastcastle Place is a not-for-profit corporation formed under the laws of the state of Wisconsin. The community retains an executive director as part of its partnership with Life Care Services® to manage Eastcastle Place’s day-to-day operations.