Shady Pines was a retirement home in Miami, Florida. After Sophia's stroke that very badly damaged the part her mind that censored her thoughts, Dorothy placed her in Shady Pines, but Sophia detested it, claiming that they were cruel. At some point, we realize it was a satisfactory place that Sophia just didn't care for. In September 1985, Shady Pines burned down after a heater fire, causing Sophia to move in with Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. After a short time, Shady Pines was reconstructed, with Sophia not returning until 1993. It was later claimed by another former resident on her deathbed that Sophia started the fire, and she was arrested for arson; she was released when Rose found evidence that faulty wiring had caused the fire, and the owners of the home had bribed the fire inspector to falsify his report.