History & Mission

missionGrounded in Caring

Bayview is a Seattle retirement community that was founded in 1961 to care for the elderly residents of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and beyond. Early Seattleite Charles A. Kinnear bequeathed his family’s historic property to the First United Methodist Church for the care of older adults or children. The Methodist Church worked with the community to create a ten-story residential facility, which was augmented in 1995 by a Wellness Center, Rehabilitation and Health Center, and Intergenerational Childcare Center. Today, Bayview is a Seattle retirement community that is proud to be an independent not-for-profit organization, managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. It maintains its affiliation with the Methodist Church, while embracing residents from many different faith traditions.

Bayview is home to more than 210 residents who value independence, friendship, healthy living and quality care. Bayview offers the convenience, amenities and safety of a retirement community combined with the freedom of living in one’s own home. Its goal is to help residents remain independent and active as long as possible, while offering a range of services and support the experience of aging in a joyous productive manner.

Bayview’s mission is: Transforming the experience of aging by creating opportunities for healthy, spiritual and purposeful living for our residents, children, staff, and the greater community.

Bayview Retirement Community entered its second fifty years of service in 2011, and continues to look forward to the ongoing expansion and connection between the community, within Bayview, and our neighbors in Seattle and beyond!