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Meet your Cedar Crest neighbor

Renée Polay says she moved just in the knick of time

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May 29th, 2014
Renée Polay kept the décor in her new home simple yet nostalgic. With help from Cedar Crest’s personal moving consultant, she chose furniture and décor from her old house that would fit perfectly in the open floor plan of her Brighton-style apartment home
Renée Polay kept the décor in her new home simple

Renée Polay loves her new home, and she’s not afraid to show it.

“Even at the dinner table, my friends say I have nothing but good things to say about Crest,” Renée says. She moved to the Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community from Fairlawn last September, just in time to avoid the harsh winter. 

Had she stayed in her home, she would have had to shovel snow or hire someone to do it for her, worry about slipping on ice, bundle up and drive to the grocery store—the hazards are endless. 

At Cedar Crest, she enjoyed watching the snow fall from the comfort of her new home—a one-bedroom, Brighton-style apartment with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking a courtyard. 

Renée didn’t have to face the weather unless she wanted to. Glass-enclosed walkways connect every building at Cedar Crest, and the community has nearly every amenity one could ever need under one roof. From full-service restaurants featuring chef specials and seasonal menus to a bank, medical center, pharmacy, fitness center, and convenience markets, Cedar Crest is like an indoor village in winter. 

Now that summer has arrived, Renée looks forward to watching outdoor activity from her grand window, as well as exploring the surrounding community.

Positive change

Renée had lived in a single-family home for 53 years, and while moving was a big change, she adapted quickly. “I’ve made some wonderful friends, and I’m really enjoying it,” she says.

She moved for many reasons, primarily for more socialization. She realized that staying in her house would keep her more isolated as she got older. At Cedar Crest, she can choose from more than 180 clubs and activities with peers. So far, she attends a current events presentation every Friday, has taken Elderhostel classes, and makes frequent visits to the on-site fitness center to use the NuStep machine.

But one of her favorite activities is going to dinner every night with her new group of friends. Every night, she enjoys lively conversation and delicious dinners without the cleanup in the Oak Room Restaurant, just a short walk from her apartment home.

Breakfast and lunch she takes at her kitchen breakfast bar, which keeps her apartment layout open and filled with natural light from the window wall. 

Perfect size

Renée says that Cedar Crest’s Brighton floor plan is the perfect size for her lifestyle. No wonder it’s the community’s most popular. 

“The size is perfect for me. I love the large window, and I like the location,” she says. 

With help from Cedar Crest’s personal moving consultant, Renée chose furniture and décor from her old house to bring to her new home. “I love it because it’s simple and not cluttered,” Renée says.

As much as she loves her apartment home, Renée spends much of her time out and about, participating in activities or socializing with friends. After all, that’s why she chose Cedar Crest as her new home.