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Cedar Crest celebrates 15 years

Main event a big draw for priority list members

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August 9th, 2016

This month, Cedar Crest celebrates its fifteenth anniversary as one of North Jersey’s most popular continuing care retirement communites. While the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains will celebrate with a host of events throughout the month, one of the most noteworthy will take place August 24. 

Anyone on Cedar Crest’s priority list will have an exclusive opportunity to not only tour the community but to also experience its activities and meet club leaders firsthand. 

Event Planner Kelly Tapp says club leaders from 29 of the 180 groups and activities will be available for priority list members to meet and discuss their interests in the Woodland Commons Conference Center. 

Time to honor your interests

“Part of what makes Cedar Crest such an extraordinary place to live is all of the interest groups that have been formed and maintained by residents over the years,” Tapp says. “In 15 years, our residents have created 180 different clubs or activities—and those are open to anyone who lives here.”

The August 24 event, she says, will give priority list members a chance to get more acclimated to the community and envision themselves as active retirees honoring their interests and hobbies. 

“As people and their houses age, maintaining a home isn’t fun anymore. It’s a burden, and it takes time away from really living,” Tapp says. 

Maintenance-free living at Cedar Crest removes those burdens of caring for a house and provides ample opportunities to stay socially active and engaged. Residents no longer worry about landscaping, tree removal, or weeding. They simply call the concierge for both major and minor home repairs—and it’s all included in their monthly service package, which also includes a flexible dining plan, so cooking isn’t required either. 

Instead of stressing about home and yard maintenance, residents are hiking, gardening, taking watercolor classes, singing, and acting. They’re taking continuing education classes, learning to ballroom dance, quilting with friends, and building model railroads. They’re getting fitter than ever through yoga, balance classes, strength training, and water aerobics. And they’re enjoying happy hours, day and overnight trips, and most of all, friendships.

 “We’re not just celebrating our anniversary,” says Sales Counselor Ruth Phillips, who has been with the Erickson Living family of communities since 2001 and Cedar Crest since 2010, “we’re celebrating all the ways Cedar Crest adds more living to your life.”

Access availability, insider information

The event, exclusive to priority list members, is just one of many membership benefits.

“Joining the priority list is the best way to ensure you get the apartment that’s right for you,” says Phillips. “Priority list members tell us the features they want, and we contact them, based on the date they joined the priority list, when an apartment that meets their criteria becomes available.”

Priority list members receive insider information about any newly designed floor plans, availability, and special pricing. 

And they gain access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services. 

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.

Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor meets with prospective residents in their home armed with a magnetic floor plan of their new apartment. She tours the home and sees which existing furniture pieces they want to bring with them to their new home. Then she measures them out and places the to-scale pieces on the magnetic floor plan.

“It is never too soon to create a plan of action, and once I visit with you in your home, I can assess what you need for the ‘next steps’ in getting ready,” says Connor. “A typical response from priority list members following my initial home visit is, ‘I had no idea you would help with so many things.’”

Low-risk security

Sales Counselor Kate Tanis says visiting the community frequently helps you gain different experiences and perspectives each time to ensure you’re making a decision you feel is right for you. 

“That’s why it’s so important to join the priority list,” Tanis says. And it’s easy to do. 

Priority list membership requires a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee. 

“Visit us in the sales office to tour the community and gain access to all of the priority list benefits whether you’re planning a move in five weeks, five months, or five years,” says Tanis. “It’s very low risk, yet it’s a way to secure your future.”

That’s also the way she feels about visiting Cedar Crest, whether for an event or a personal tour with a sales counselor. “It’s a noncommittal way to get to know more about Cedar Crest and see if you envision yourself here—What activities will you find that interest you? What people will you meet that you might see as a new friend or travel companion? These are all good questions to ask yourself when you’re visiting Cedar Crest and other communities,” says Tanis.

Tanis and Phillips invite anyone interested in learning more about Cedar Crest to stop by for a friendly chat and learn more about life at the bustling community. 

“Cedar Crest is so beautiful this time of year. It’s the perfect season to stroll around campus, look at apartment homes, or just talk about your future plans. There’s no pressure, and you don’t have to be ready to move right away,” says Phillips. “We just want you to have all the information you need should you some day choose to make Cedar Crest your next home.”