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Perfect plan

Priority list status puts couple in prime position to move to their dream home

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October 30th, 2015
Elsalyn Palmisano and Harris Drucker
Elsalyn Palmisano and Harris Drucker

Elsalyn Palmisano and Dr. Harris Drucker planned ahead. And it paid off. 

The couple joined Seabrook’s priority list in 2007 while they were in their early 60s. “We always knew we wanted to move to Seabrook. It wasn’t even a question,” says Elsalyn. 

She says they chose the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., for its location, continuing care, active lifestyle, and one-level living.

An obvious choice

The priority list requires a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150 nonrefundable application fee, which holds your place in line for the apartment home of your choice, based on the date you join. 

When Elsalyn and Harris chose the largest floor plan—the two-bedroom, two-bath Washington with patio and sunroom—their early priority list status put them in a prime position. A Washington became available in January 2015, and they were the first priority list members called. 

“We didn’t plan to move quite this soon, but the apartment we wanted became available at the end of January, and we said, ‘We’re going for it,’” Elsalyn says. 

“We are very glad we joined the priority list early on to learn and make sure this is what we wanted,” she adds. 

As priority list members, they were able to attend exclusive events aimed at acclimating priority list members to the community, educating them about moving, and introducing them to future neighbors. 

“I can honestly say that every time we came to a priority list event, we learned something new. So when the time came, we were ready,” Elsalyn says. 

The couple worked with Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Williamson and Facilities Coordinator Joe Baldanza who helped facilitate their move and made it seem like they’d been planning for months. 

Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

“We used all of the preferred people—real estate agent, mover, closet designer, painter, and other contractors,” says Elsalyn. “Everyone we worked with was great. It was a very positive experience and made everything so much easier.”

Even selling their house in the middle of winter was easy with a preferred real estate agent. “It was snowing all winter, and we had a buyer within a month,” says Elsalyn. 

Williamson assisted them with furniture placement in their new home, and they had their apartment ship-shape soon after moving in May.

Out and about

With moving out of the way and a maintenance-free lifestyle ahead of them, Elsalyn and Harris easily began discovering activities that suit their interests. 

An active couple, they frequently ride bikes, walk, and enjoy beaches around the area. Some of their favorite spots include Thompson Park in Lincroft, Sandy Hook, Long Branch, Ocean Grove, and Manasquan Reservoir.

She joined the Seabrook Singers and Silvertones singing groups as well as the welcoming committee. He plays bridge and table tennis and continues teaching at Brookdale Community College and as a professor emeritus at Monmouth University.

Retired library director for West Long Branch Public Library, Elsalyn still consults for libraries, historical societies, and hospitals across the state.

Aside from activities both in and outside of Seabrook, Harris and Elsalyn particularly enjoy their new neighbors. “We find the people we have met—all ages—exciting, intellectual, and interesting,” Harris says.

“We are so glad we moved now rather than waiting until we’re older,” Elsalyn adds. “I would recommend this to anyone—don’t wait.”