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Life at Otterbein SeniorLife Marblehead

Nestled in 46 acres of woods, located halfway between Sandusky and Port Clinton, our campus at Otterbein Marblehead offers lakeside senior living that will take your cares away.

When you visit Otterbein Marblehead, you will fall in love with the resort-style retirement living offered in our friendly neighborhood of independent living homes and apartments, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. It truly is an extraordinary experience.

Located on Ohio’s Marblehead Peninsula, this is an area rich in history, culture, and recreational offerings – perfect for relaxing or participating in Otterbein Marblehead’s vibrant social scene. Attend an event at nearby historic Lakeside Chautauqua, take the ferry to the islands, or tour a winery. It’s like you’re on vacation every day on Ohio’s north shore.

What does Independent Living at Otterbein look like?

Explore our senior independent living options, including apartments and patio homes, and take a look at our featured home with a video tour.

Lifestyle Choices

We offer a range of choices in independent living with plenty of living space, including:

  • 1- and 2-bedroom apartments
  • 1- and 2-bedroom patio homes

Types of Services at Otterbein Marblehead

Our services at Otterbein Marblehead include:

  • Wellness checks, screening, and support for independent senior living residents
  • Independent living for those who can live without assistance or support, but want the peace of mind of being at a retirement community where care is available if needed
  • Assisted Living for individuals who need regular help with some of the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.)
  • Skilled nursing/long-term care for individuals who need round-the-clock medical care
  • Post-acute care and rehabilitation for individuals who need short-term care and/or therapy after a surgery, unexpected injury, or illness
  • Memory care program for individuals with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease who need regular assistance and care
  • Respite care for families and/or caregivers who need to arrange for temporary care for a loved one

At Otterbein Marblehead, we believe in life enrichment, so every resident meets with an activities counselor to create a plan for personal development for physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and vocational well-being.

Skilled Nursing at Otterbein Marblehead

Our Jane Baker House and Cornerstone Cottage at Otterbein Marblehead provide high-quality care in a “small house” setting, which houses up to 10 elders ― each with their own private rooms and bathrooms. Accommodations are available for both long-term and short-term skilled nursing care.


Like all Otterbein campuses, Otterbein Marblehead is made for active senior lifestyles. Our amenities include:

  • Boulevard Bistro
  • Beauty salon
  • Fitness room
  • Marblehead Bank
  • Library
  • Meditation room
  • Activity room
  • Indoor shuffleboard court
  • Woodshop

Outdoor engagement area, including:

  • Bocce Ball
  • Firepit
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lawn games

If you’re looking to enjoy something fun off campus, there’s plenty to see and do in nearby Marblehead, Lakeside Chautauqua, and the Lake Erie shores and islands. Take in the majestic views of the historic Marblehead Lighthouse or explore one of the area’s scenic state parks. There’s also a great selection of shops and restaurants to choose from.

Explore Available Floor Plans

Is Otterbein Marblehead a Good Financial Fit for You?

Answer seven simple questions to see if Otterbein Marblehead SeniorLife Community is an affordable option for you. Our financial calculator, powered by MyLifeSite, will give you a preliminary overview of affordability for independent living in our continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Otterbein Marblehead located?

Otterbein Marblehead, previously known as Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community, is located on the Marblehead Peninsula in Ottawa County in northwest Ohio between Sandusky, Ohio, and Port Clinton, Ohio. Marblehead is approximately 52 miles away from Toledo, Ohio, and 78 miles from Cleveland, Ohio.

How much does it cost to live at Otterbein Marblehead?

In most cases, living at Otterbein is no more expensive than the cumulative costs of living at your current residence. The service fees vary based on the size of your home or apartment, type of residence, location on campus, and contract option.


You can use this free cost comparison guide to compare your current costs of living to the many included costs of living at Otterbein Marblehead.


You can also get a quick preliminary look at whether Otterbein Marblehead fits your budget with our free MoneyGauge calculator tool.

I’m interested in one of your patio homes. What are they like?

Our patio homes are some of our most popular options and come in a variety of floor plans. You can get a look inside our featured home for a sampling of what we offer by clicking on the link below.


Explore independent living at Otterbein Marblehead >>

If I choose Otterbein, will I have to invest a large entrance fee or turn over my home and assets?

No! Otterbein Marblehead provides an array of payment options, including a standard month-to-month service fee with no required upfront investment. In no situation does Otterbein require you to turn over any of your existing assets, including your current home.

Does Otterbein Marblehead offer memory care?

Yes, we offer a full continuum of care at Otterbein Marblehead, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and post-acute/rehabilitation.

Learn more about what memory care at Otterbein includes >>

What is Lakeside Chautauqua and what can I do there?

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community and resort that offers various activities, amenities, events, shopping, and dining. Amenities include:


  • Pool area
  • Campground
  • Shuffleboard
  • Hotel Lakeside
  • Hoover Auditorium (for concerts, plays, and other events)
  • And more


Residents at Otterbein Marblehead can join the fun at Lakeside Chautauqua, which is located directly beside the Otterbein campus, during the summer season ― a nice perk for those looking to enjoy resort-style living.


Meet Bob

Bob M., a retired pastor and independent living resident at Otterbein Marblehead, has lived at Otterbein for several years, but just because he’s retired doesn’t mean he’s stopped living out his calling. He currently serves as volunteer chaplain on the Otterbein campus, a role that’s brought him much joy and fulfillment.

“There’s just all kinds of things people can do. You don’t need to just sit back and do nothing and be bored,” he said. “We can still stay active, and [older adults] have more experience in working with people and life in general.”

A Day in the Life

Otterbein Marblehead

Week at a Glance

Men’s Coffee Club
Music & Manicure

Wii Bowling
Shopping Trip

Worship Service
Chair Aerobics

Sweet Shoppe

Chair Aerobics
Movie Matinee

Puzzle Day

Church Service

Sample Menu

Beef Pepper Steak & Gravy
Beer Battered Tilapia
Cheese Stuffed Shells w/ Marinara
BBQ Chicken Quarter
Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

White Rice
Fried Potato Wedges
Steamed Broccoli
Mandarin Cole Slaw

Bread Pudding
Fresh Baked Cookie
Vanilla Ice Cream

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