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Talk of the town

It’s time to finally see what all the buzz is about

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August 9th, 2016
The sales team celebrates Lantern Hill’s opening in late June and welcomes the community’s new residents. (In front, from left) Jodie Howell, Stacey Gunderman, Patricia Swan, Jenn Kohan, and Kathy Banks. (In back, from left) Randy Carroll and Jose Gomez.

The sales team celebrates Lantern Hill’s opening in late June and welcomes the community’s new residents. (In front, from left) Jodie Howell, Stacey Gunderman, Patricia Swan, Jenn Kohan, and Kathy Banks. (In back, from left) Randy Carroll and Jose Gomez.

You may have heard of it in the checkout line. Or maybe at church. You may have heard it mentioned at the hair salon, bridge club, or book group. Whether you live in Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Springs, or beyond, chances are you’ve heard of Lantern Hill

The new Erickson Living community that recently opened off of Mountain Avenue in New Providence, N.J., has been the talk of the town for two years. 

“The buzz extends for several miles,” says longtime area resident and Lantern Hill Sales Counselor Kathy Banks. 

And it’s finally open. Lantern Hill welcomed its first resident on June 27. 

This month, Lantern Hill will host several open houses for its priority list members—prospective residents who have expressed an interest in moving to an Erickson Living community and put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice. 

Why the priority list?

“Joining the priority list is the best way to ensure you get the apartment that’s right for you,” says Banks. “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.”

While being able to reserve an apartment home is the number one benefit of joining the priority list, membership has several other benefits as well, particularly with a new community that will continue construction of new apartments and amenities over time.

“We have always promised that one of the benefits of joining the priority list is being able to experience Lantern Hill opportunities before anyone else,” says Banks. “Now that we are open, priority list members have the first chance to see the community firsthand and learn of new construction updates.”

Events Coordinator Jose Gomez says that priority list members who attend the open houses this month will have the opportunity to tour Lantern Hill’s elegant community spaces and explore brand new amenities like the open terraces, three restaurants, library, reading room, and state-of-the-art fitness center, among others.

“If anyone who is not on the priority list wants to get a sneak peek at Lantern Hill, it would behoove them to join now,” Banks says.

Hidden opportunities

Aside from having the chance to see Lantern Hill’s beautiful campus firsthand, priority list members also have opportunities to move in sooner than expected. 

Though Lantern Hill is “sold out,” Banks and Gomez say that periodically an apartment home gets returned to their inventory for various reasons. 

“We are currently sold out, but at any given moment there may be two or three apartments available. We are calling people on our priority list to refill those apartments that become available, and they get reserved quickly,” Gomez says.

While Lantern Hill plans to start construction on a second phase of apartment homes in the future, that timeline has not been established or announced to the public. That’s why, Banks says, joining the priority list is so vital.

“If anyone would like to try to secure a Lantern Hill apartment home sooner rather than later, it is possible to do so if you join the priority list,” she says.

That’s what happened to Nancy and Russell Smith. When they first learned of Lantern Hill, they jumped at the opportunity to join its priority list. In fact, they were one of the first people to join. As such, they were able to move sooner than they had initially expected. 

At first, they indicated they wanted to move during phase two of construction, but because of their priority list status, “We were given a choice in phase one of two then-available apartments. On the spot we said, ‘We’ll take it.’ We’ll be moving two to three years sooner than if we had waited for phase two,” says Russell.

Sales Director Randy Carroll says because circumstances change, even if you’re just starting to consider Lantern Hill or any retirement living options, joining the priority list is a smart move. 

“Lantern Hill has been the talk of this area for over two years, and the excitement is palpable,” Carroll says. “And as Kathy said, if the thought of living at Lantern Hill is of interest to anyone not currently on our waitlist, they need to step forward now to secure that all-important date on our priority list.”

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