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From lackluster to lively

What downsizing really means for your lifestyle

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August 9th, 2016
Sales Counselor Kathy Banks meets with people every day who are interested in moving to Lantern Hill.

Sales Counselor Kathy Banks meets with people every day who are interested in moving to Lantern Hill.

Nancy Pearce wants to live more of her life. That’s why she’s moving from her quiet townhouse neighborhood in Gillette, Long Hill Township, N.J., to Lantern Hill, a bustling new community for active retirees in nearby New Providence.

“I have a lovely townhouse, but it’s very quiet,” she says. “I’m moving for a better lifestyle and looking forward to things to do.”

Vibrant activities

As a watercolor artist, she anticipates spending many hours in the on-site art studio painting pictures and making friends. She’ll enjoy the performing arts center and perhaps the book club—“just about anything,” she says. “There’s nothing I don’t like to do.”

Like all Erickson Living communities, Lantern Hill will help residents start their own interest groups. Examples from around the country include language clubs, birding groups, hiking clubs, acting and reader’s theater groups, travel clubs, musical ensembles—the list goes on. 

Life for Nancy will turn from lackluster to lively. And she won’t have to drive at night to access it. 

“The lifestyle in general is attractive because it’s self-contained—everything is right here on campus, including dining, fitness, cultural activities, and health care,” says Sales Counselor Kathy Banks. “Not to mention the companionship of friends and neighbors.” 

And because it’s a maintenance-free community, Nancy will have plenty of time to join the activities she wants. All utilities, a flexible meal plan, and weekly housekeeping are included in an affordable fixed monthly fee, which also includes secure Wi-Fi. And each apartment home has ready access to the Internet. 

Making new friends

Because Lantern Hill has been so popular with people in the area, many new residents already have several friends joining them at the community. 

“The speed at which we reserved all 161 apartments is a testament to how much this area needs Lantern Hill and how popular it is among the people who have lived here for years,” says Banks. “We started accepting reservations September 15 [2014] and reserved the last one the day before Thanksgiving—nearly two months ahead of schedule.”

Though many people have preexisting friends, that’s not a requirement. Nancy didn’t know anyone moving to Lantern Hill, yet she had made many acquaintances well ahead of moving day last month.

She took advantage of her priority list standing by attending most of Lantern Hill’s events, like a lovely wine and cheese art show, for example. Once she reserved her two-bedroom, two-bath Douglas-style apartment home with balcony, she began meeting people who had also decided to make Lantern Hill their new home.

She says the events hosted by the sales office have been helpful in getting to know her future neighbors and getting a feel for what life at Lantern Hill will be like. 

“The sales office has been very good and very helpful,” Nancy says. “Kudos to all of them.”

Smart decision

Nancy says she knew Lantern Hill was a good idea the first time she met Banks and Executive Director Patricia Swan.

“I was visiting with my son and granddaughter and mentioned the new community being built on Mountain Avenue. We went to check it out,” she recalls. “We met with Kathy and Patricia, and my son said, ‘I can’t wait to move here!’”

She joined the priority list and put herself in prime position to reserve her top choice of apartment style and location.

Though a handful of apartment homes become available from time to time, the majority of homes are reserved and will soon be occupied by Lantern Hill’s pioneer residents.  

The only way to reserve an apartment home at Lantern Hill is to join the priority list. All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. As apartment homes become available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

Members learn about new construction first, receive invitations to exclusive events and have lots of opportunities to meet their future neighbors. 

“Another great benefit is that once you join the priority list, you can transfer to any other Erickson Living community at any time. That’s been helpful for people who are coming to Lantern Hill from another Erickson Living community. They joined years before Lantern Hill was a reality, but they are at the top of the list and have first choice on apartment homes,” says Banks. 

“Whether you want to move now or years from now, the priority list is the best way to plan for the future,” she adds.