Blair House

Offers Independent Living

25 Reviews
1200 E College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Call (800) 385-2527
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November 13, 2017


I visited this facility

Blair House looks fine and clean as far as the outside of the place, but it has tight quarters. There's just no way my sister could have afforded it because it's $2,700 for the studio, but you couldn't even fit a bed and another piece of furniture in it, which is ridiculous. The staff was very accommodating.

May 22, 2017

By karen723856

I visited this facility

Blair House was a nice community, but it was very expensive. The rooms were small, very bland, and weren’t cheery at all. The dining area was nice. The food was good. The cleanliness was fine.

January 11, 2017

By ALyce274180

I visited this facility

Blair House was very nice, clean, friendly, and very open. It had activities, meals, and very nice apartment style living. The dining area was very nice and big with very nice choices. The place was very clean.

November 07, 2016

By Concerned-family

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My in-laws are living at Blair House since Nov 2013. They were happy there until recently. Within the past 3 months, there is no longer a manager on the premises in the evening. They need to carry a call button at all times because the emergency pull cords were disconnected. The quality of the food has deteriorated, and the managers do not circulate at meal times anymore. The atmosphere is less friendly.

July 29, 2016

By Ginger381110

I am a friend or relative of a resident

We moved my mother to Blair House. It’s a very nice and very friendly community. She told me that she didn't know she was going to love it that much. Her room is small but perfect for her. She does not need a lot of space since she spends a lot of her time out in the other areas of the building. She is very pleased with the food, and the dining room is gorgeous.

July 29, 2016

By Kathy710644

I visited this facility

Blair House is more affordable and more like an apartment building. I didn't get a nursing home feeling. This place seemed like it had younger people who were out in the community area doing things. They had a lot of activities. The only thing that was concerning was their bus which took them to activities, grocery stores, or movies, and it was not handicap accessibleso my dad won't be able to go because he's in a wheelchair. The apartments were really nice and spacious.

June 10, 2016

By Linda283171

I visited this facility

Blair House was very nice, but it was not an assisted living place. What they do is they have healthcare that comes in to do the healthcare part, but my mother has long-term health insurance. It’s just not going to work for us. It was very nice; just not what we needed.

May 10, 2016

By Barb39

I visited this facility

I like the idea that they have a community bus at Blair House where they take the residents to functions in the city although they don’t offer transportation to doctor’s appointments as they are an independent community. They also have a medical alert which tracks where the residents are. The staff were very accommodating and very friendly. The rooms were very small, but they don’t have any kitchen.

November 15, 2015

By Christine112323550

I visited this facility

Blair House was very nice. They took us on a nice tour, sat down with my mom, and tried to answer all of her questions, then invited us to stay for lunch. My mom didn’t want to, but they did make the option available. They were very friendly and followed up with us, so it was nice.

August 31, 2015

By Darlene31

I visited this facility

Blair House was very nice. We really liked it; we liked the location of it, and the price was good. We liked a lot of the features, but my friend -- who is looking -- still likes to cook, and they only had a kitchenette; they didn't have a real kitchen. We tasted the food, and it was delicious. We liked Blair House a lot.

July 31, 2015

By Anonymous109924350

I visited this facility

Blair House was very nice. It was more limited compared to the other facility I went to, and I know that they do address only a certain range of care, so that was not helpful for us, but it was still a nice facility for those that would be within that care range. It had a friendly atmosphere, and it was clean. It seemed like a happy place. The rooms I saw were adequate.

June 27, 2015

By Wendy34

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Blair House is perfect for my mother. The people are friendly, and the apartment is just the right size for her. It was affordable, and they had an apartment on the ground level floor with an outside entrance, so she has her own little patio and a little more privacy and independence. They do offer some entertainment like musical entertainment, she will go down to the lobby to listen to that, and that is about all she really does. The food is good.

March 31, 2015

By Linda104400650

I visited this facility

I have seen Blair House. It is the same as the other facility in that there was no one my age. It was older and mature in form. The staff is very nice to me. The dining area is fine. I saw the menu, and it looked like the food had a good variety, but we weren't offered a meal.

Provider Response

Hey, thank you for considering Blair House in your search for senior living. While we were not your solution in 2015, we hope you will give us another chance if anything changes.

February 10, 2015

By Terry44

I visited this facility

The personnel in Blair House were very forthcoming and very friendly. They were willing to show the facility. The dining area was really nice. They have a nice series of transportation. I would say they have a very high level of sanitation. The rooms are spacious, and it has a bathroom, patio, and kitchenette. It is very convenient to a lot of shopping and a lot of things.

September 22, 2013

By Paul19

I visited this facility

We toured Blair House and had lunch there. The location was convenient for us. It looked good and we liked it. Mom was very comfortable with it and she was so excited in going there. From what I had seen and had talked with my friend and families who had relatives there and had used the facility, it was supposed to be the best and nicest place in town. Also, Chad, the manager of the facility was working with me and he has a great staff. They seemed to be really sincere in getting my mom and aunt be settled in there. Those were the reasons why we chose it.

March 31, 2012

By nan C

I visited this facility

PRO: The food serve is wonderful, the cook and servers are very friendly. You can take your pets. Trash is very close to rooms for collection Laundry is in good location on each floor. Con: We saw several empty rooms, where people moved out. Having housekeeping weekly they were dirty dirty dirty. I am not a clean freak, never would have shown such filth. Holes in wall from Rug installers, that was before last person moved in. There community room for dancing,etc was glooming and on dark side. The chapel room more of the same. THE ANSWER NEXT YEAR OWNERS are going to paint and up grade. NEXT YEAR!!!!!ONE LAST CON PRICE is $5,300 for 2 people. That is too high for us.

November 15, 2011

By LT Jackson

I am a friend or relative of resident

My father has been living at the Blair House for a little over a year. He has adjusted very well. He has a group of buddies that he plays cards with. He is also a veteran and is receiving money from the VA to help pay for his rent. They have someone there that helped him through the process. Warning: It takes the VA quite a while to send the first check. It took us 5 months. Well worth the wait though. I'd recommend Blair House to anyone looking for a retirement community.
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Services and Amenities of Blair House


  • Fee Structure Extra: Included In Rent: Basic Cable, Electric, Gas, Sewer, Water
  • Independent Living Starting At: $2150/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments
  • Housing Extra: Handicap Barrier Free Units Available, Individual Climate Control, Safety Rails In Bathroom, Telephone Hookup, Walk In Tub

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Dining Extra: Private Dining Room, Resident Kitchen


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Hiking Trails
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Features Extra: Laundry Room For Use, Chapel, Library, Locked Mailboxes, Elevator, Parking: Covered, Private

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Technology Extra: Wi Fi In Common Areas


  • Offsite Activities
  • Fitness Room
  • Activities Extra: Billiard Lounge, Activity Room

Financial guidance

  • Va Benefits Consultation

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: Most Pets Allowed
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About Blair House

Blair House is located in Normal, IL, providing a vibrant backdrop for your new life as a valued member of our caring community.

From pleasant housekeepers, to attentive servers at mealtime and helpful maintenance technicians who are there when you need them, this community is the new extension of your family. We take pleasure in getting to know each of our residents and look out for their comfort and happiness. Our chefs prepare three delicious meals each day, served in our beautiful dining room. We provide housekeeping, linen services, fun and stimulating activities, off-site excursions, transportation to your personal appointments and a variety of classes and programs. Our warm, comfortable community and our friendly staff and residents will welcome you. We look forward to making your life easier any way we can.

So come to Blair House for a visit...and stay!

*We understand that each individual is unique and that needs may change over time. Holiday Retirement does not provide any health care services. However, residents are welcome to receive services from any outside home health care provider of their choice to help them continue enjoying life at our community.

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