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Warm welcome

One of New Providence’s own joins the Lantern Hill team

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May 29th, 2014
Kathy Banks, a long-time resident of New Providence and Berkeley Heights, becomes Lantern Hill’s sales counselor. “Lantern Hill will be the perfect solution for people living in this area who want to stay in this area,” she says.
Kathy Banks, a long-time resident of New Providenc

Kathy Banks is no stranger to New Providence, N.J. In fact, she and her husband, community leader Bill Hoefling, have lived in the niche area of Berkeley Heights and New Providence for 36 years. And she’s not going anywhere. 

Banks loves her hometown so much that she took her dream job and is now helping people move to a new distinctive retirement living community in New Providence, scheduled to open in fall 2015:Lantern Hill

As Lantern Hill’s sales counselor, Banks works with people considering the community as their next home. She explains what Lantern Hill will offer in terms of home styles, on-site amenities, and health care. And she helps people discover if it’s a good fit for their needs and lifestyle. 

A veteran in sales, Banks says, “This has been my vision. I live in the area, and the opportunity to help people from my own community is my dream.”

Long-awaited solution

“Lantern Hill will fill a need that we’ve had for a long time,” Banks says. “It will be the perfect solution for people living in this area who want to stay in this area.”

Until now, people living in New Providence and surrounding towns have had to move outside of the close-knit area to find a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). With the opening of Lantern Hill, they will be able to stay within their beloved town where “people really care about each other,” Banks says. “We have a lot of organizations that reach out to people. It’s a very tight-knit community.” 

She adds that in her research of area CCRCs—even before she took the job—she discovered that Lantern Hill’s model and values far surpass others. “Lantern Hill offers distinctive retirement living and what people from New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights want,” she says. 

A close-knit community of just 275 apartment homes, from one-bedroom homes to two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath homes plus den accommodations, Lantern Hill offers the convenience of everything under one roof. With an amenity-rich clubhouse, all-season access to shopping, dining, entertainment, education, fitness, and an on-site medical center, Lantern Hill values vibrant living and proactive health.

“It mirrors the close-knit atmosphere of New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights,” Banks says. “Lantern Hill will fit in well here.”

Priority importance

Banks expects Lantern Hill to receive a warm welcome from New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and Summit residents. The sales center opened in early April to interested people calling and visiting for more information. The sales center offers floor plan blueprints, brochures, conceptual renderings of what the community will look like, and, most impressive, a stunning model kitchen.

“The sales center is to-die-for gorgeous and representative of the community,” Banks says. “It’s a must-see.”

While there, people can see construction, which has already started, page through the wide variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans, and discuss needs and lifestyle with Banks.

Many people have already joined the priority list to ensure their place at the community.

“The priority list ensures that you will be kept abreast of the latest happenings, in addition to securing your place in line for the apartment home of your choice,” Banks says. “Because we have a limited inventory of floor plans, priority list membership gives you a better chance of getting the one you want.”

Priority list membership requires a $1,000 refundable deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. Members will be able to choose their home in order of their joining date when homes become available. In the meantime, they will have various opportunities to meet each other, learn about their new home, and begin to form the Lantern Hill community.

“We will have special events for priority list members to get to know each other as soon-to-be neighbors,” Banks says. “They will be the pioneers of Lantern Hill and help guide us in creating this wonderful community.”