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Bigger isn't always better

Smaller homes open up time, money to really enjoy life

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June 8th, 2015
Seabrook residents
Seabrook resident

Less than ten years ago, before the housing bubble burst, the size of people’s homes helped define their financial success. Yet, now, as the housing market rebounds, more and more people are choosing living accommodations that more reasonably address their personal needs.

“In the last few years, we’ve seen an increased demand for one-bedroom apartment homes,” says Julie Clary, director of sales at Seabr..., an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J.

“Not only are these beautifully appointed homes less expensive than our larger models, they still provide access to all the wonderful amenities that make living at Seabrook such a pleasure.”

Biggest value

In October 2014, the Huffington Post article “Smaller House, Bigger Life,” by David Geller, CEO of GV Financial Advisors, addressed the issue of quality over quantity when selecting a place to live. 

“In many cases, a smaller home that preserves the space we need to live our lives and eliminates the space we never use would better serve us,” says Geller.

Maxine Brown moved into Seabrook’s most popular one-bedroom floor plan, the Brighton, from a large single family home last September.

“Living in a smaller space helps you appreciate all the things you really need in life rather than getting overloaded with extra stuff,” says Maxine.

“I had one of the largest homes in Toms River, and I discovered that I was really only living in two rooms,” she says. “I spent most of my time in my kitchen and my bedroom. So I had this big home that I wasn’t using.”

Life outside the front door

In his article, Geller states, “The space you live in should empower the life you want to live.” Yet, unfortunately, as he points out, the larger-sized dream homes do the exact opposite. 

“We have to spend our time, energy, and money to furnish and maintain the home, leaving us less time for activities that we enjoy and may be more meaningful to us. We have less time to spend with friends and loved ones,” he says. 

In lieu of spending time and money on the upkeep of a big house, Seabrook community members enjoy the perfect-sized home and access to a wide range of unbeatable amenities and services right outside their front door. 

The community boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center with an all-season swimming pool, a medical center, three restaurants, an auditorium, classrooms, a hair salon, and a bank. There are also more than 120 resident-run clubs and activities that provide a wealth of opportunities to meet like-minded friends.

Maxine says her cousin was one of the first people to move to Seabrook when it opened, so she always knew she’d move there. And she wouldn’t have put it off any longer. “I wanted to move when I can still explore. I can go walk on the boardwalk or go shopping when I want to. I can take advantage of everything Seabrook has to offer,” she says. 

Since moving, Maxine has embraced volunteering. “I’m a very active volunteer at the Monmouth County Food Bank,” she says. She has also partnered with the marketing department meeting prospective residents and sharing what she says is one of the smartest choices of her life.

“I would recommend Seabrook to anyone,” Maxine says. “I’m trying to convince so many of my friends that the time to move is now.”

Financially sound decision

“Everyone I meet interested in the Seabrook lifestyle is eager to make a financially sound decision for their future,” says Sales Associate Alexis Bouhoutsos. “No one wants the burden of a home that is more than they can afford. Our one-bedroom homes offer that peace of mind with a smaller entrance fee and lower monthly service package. That’s why we offer more Brightons than any other floor plan on campus.” 

Selecting a one-bedroom home at Seabrook also provides the best chance of moving to the popular community in the short term. 

Maxine sold her house quickly and needed to move within a month. “I told them I needed an apartment, and when I walked into the Brighton on the first floor, I loved it. It was just what I was looking for,” she says.