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‘Small town, village experience’

Setting the stage for an active retirement

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September 15th, 2014
Lantern Hill will mirror the close-knit culture of surrounding communities like downtown Summit, pictured here.
Lantern Hill will mirror the close-knit culture of

Though floor plans and elegant finishes steal the limelight right now at Hill, Sales Associate Peggy Ferro says the best is yet to come. 

She says Lantern Hill, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) opening in New Providence, N.J., in fall 2015, is placed well among several towns that have a unique “small-town, village experience.” 

“The culture, experience, and energy will be very similar [at Lantern Hill] to what they know in their existing community,” Ferro says.

Location, location, location

Situated among the quaint, close-knit towns of New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights, Lantern Hill will fill the retirement needs of many people who have lived in those towns for years. 

“The lifestyle and continuing care Lantern Hill will provide is not offered in this immediate area,” Ferro says. “Now people who live here don’t have to leave what’s so special about this area.”

Ferro’s colleague, Sales Associate Jose Gomez, says Lantern Hill also provides a CCRC option for people who live in New York City. Just a 45-minute train ride from the city, Lantern Hill is also aptly located for those who just want to access the culture and amenities of the city. 

A train station is located a half-mile from the Lantern Hill campus. “The location [of Lantern Hill] is amazing. Not only is it on a beautiful property here in New Providence, people can easily get into the city whenever they want,” Gomez says. 

With 275 apartment homes, from one-bedroom homes to two-bedroom, two-bath luxury accommodations, Lantern Hill will have many amenities on campus—like three gourmet restaurants, a state-of-the art fitness and aquatics center, and classrooms for activities and continuing education. It will also provide transportation to area amenities, including the train station. 

Setting the stage

As sales associate, Gomez plans events for people interested in the community to learn more about the lifestyle and special events for those who have joined Lantern Hill’s priority list. Priority list membership holds a person’s place in line for an apartment home when the community opens in 2015. It’s easy to join—membership requires a $1,000 refundable deposit and a $150 nonrefundable application fee per person.

Recent priority list events have included cocktail receptions at Fairmount Country Club, where attendees got to know each other and share their interests.

“We want to get to know our priority list members so we can start developing activities at the community,” Gomez says. 

He says most people interested in living at Lantern Hill and the more than 300 who have already joined its priority list currently live active lives—and life at the community will only enhance that by providing myriad clubs and activities, home maintenance, weekly housekeeping, and on-site restaurants.

“Lantern Hill is going to be an opportunity for people to enhance their lives, to do things they want to do and not have to worry about the hassles of a house,” Gomez says.