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‘Good living’

Couple brings eclectic style to Tinton Falls community

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September 15th, 2014
Ruth and Alan Clarin moved from a 55-plus community in Wanaque, N.J., to the peace of mind and active lifestyle available at Seabrook in Tinton Falls. “We’re pleased we made this change,” Alan says.
Ruth and Alan Clarin moved from a 55-plus communit

Alan and Ruth Clarin may have moved from New Jersey’s wooded lakeside region to its seashore, but they feel at home just the same. Their handsome contemporary apartment home at S..., the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, reflects their upbeat style and vision for retirement. 

Garden State natives, the couple had originally retired to a 55-plus community in Passaic County—Wanaque Reserve Condos. But they soon recognized the advantages of a continuing care retirement community, like Seabrook, where they would have modern amenities and the option of higher care should they ever need it.

“There’s so much to do here—shows, entertainment, trips,” Alan says. “We mainly appreciate having the medical center on site.” 

Aside from an on-site medical center staffed with full-time physicians, Seabrook has restaurants, a fitness and aquatics center, a theater, a salon and spa, and myriad other amenities right on campus. 

Instant appeal

“It’s good living,” Alan says, who holds the decorator card among the couple. He had the home outfitted with hardwood floors, comforting paint colors, and an eclectic mix of décor that works in the open floor plan.

“We looked at a few apartments, but when we walked in and saw the layout of this one, we knew,” he says.

The Glendale floor plan is just the right size for this couple. With one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, a den, and a large open kitchen, “It’s perfect for us,” Alan says. 

They moved from a two-bedroom condo with a den and formal dining room in Wanaque, but they were happy to downsize and carefully chose items to keep. “We got rid of so much to come here, but we’ve had the furniture for a long time,” Alan says.

An engineer, he planned the furniture layout prior to their move. The result: stunning showroom appeal. 

The foyer, accented with a small, green cabinet, long-legged giraffe, and complementary long-necked bottles, provides a welcoming alcove before the eye settles on their large and unique granite dining room table that seats seven. 

The room flows into the living area with plenty of seating room, where guests can chat with their hosts in the kitchen. A two-seat breakfast bar provides a friendly barrier for an uncrowded kitchen that any cook can appreciate, though, “there’s plenty of room to cook,” Alan notes. It’s also where Alan and Ruth take breakfast and lunch most days. They each use a flexible monthly meal plan to enjoy dinners in one of Seabrook’s two restaurants. “The food here is very good,” he says.

The couple entertains occasionally—the open floor plan is perfect for hosting a crowd. When they’re not entertaining new friends or old, they attend shows and take trips provided by the community. 

And they’ve taken up walking. In extreme weather, they walk indoors among Seabrook’s buildings, which are all connected by glass-enclosed walkways. Outdoors, manicured grounds and a pond-side path make for a peaceful stroll.

Peace of mind

Speaking of peaceful, with all the amenities and their handsome home, the Clarins find peace of mind to be one of the biggest benefits of moving to Seabrook. 

The on-site continuing care neighborhood provides fee-for-service rehabilitation and assisted living should Alan or Ruth need it. That means they only pay for additional care if they actually use it. An added bonus—it’s right on campus, so if one needs care, the other can easily visit daily while remaining at home.

 “We made a good decision,” Paul says. “The peace of mind, location, and activities make it all worth it. We’re pleased that we made this change.”