Current Affordable Units in Winchester

Sanctuary at Winchester.  

Sanctuary West (416 Cambridge Street) and Sanctuary North (25 River Street) are new rental communities in Winchester. Cambridge Street will have 95 units total, and River Street will have 147 units total. Both properties are in close proximity to the Middlesex Fells Reservation, various shops and restaurants, and much more. Through this process, 61 apartments will be made available to households earning no more than 80% of the Area Median Income (24 at Cambridge Street and 37 at River Street). Affordable units will have thoughtful layouts and high-end finishes, identical to the market rate units in these developments.

Click on the link (left hand side column) for applications and more information.

The Town of Winchester has a First Time Home Buyer Program.  Units will be listed on the left hand side of this page when they become available.  Income and assist limits apply and the applicant must be able to obtain a mortgage.  

A list of all available units statewide can be found on the on the following websites:

  • For affordable homeownership: My Mass Home - :, designed specifically to provide a central place with resources for homebuyers with low, moderate, and fixed incomes. These include a new search tool for affordable and accessible homes for sale, down payment assistance resources, first-time homebuyer education courses, and state-sponsored products offered by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) and MassHousing.
  • For affordable rental units: Housing Navigator - : Launched in 2021, the Housing Navigator Massachusetts transformed the process of searching for affordable rental housing, providing users the same experience as those searching for market-rate apartments on familiar websites like andTrulia.

Together, the Housing Navigator and MyMassHome will replace the now outdated MassAccess Housing Registry, which has been the primary online resource for Massachusetts residents searching for affordable, accessible housing since 1996. Though a valuable tool for tens of thousands of residents during its lifetime, MassAccess had begun to show its age with an outdated design, difficult user navigation, and limited connections to other housing resources.

Please contact Jennifer Cafarella, Town Manager's Office, if you have any questions.