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‘Best deal in town’

Couple chooses Cedar Crest for its financial value, amenities, and living space

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October 14th, 2016
Dorothy and Michael Flynn traded their 120-year-old house for maintenance-free living at Cedar Crest, where they enjoy the view from their balcony.

Dorothy and Michael Flynn traded their 120-year-old house for maintenance-free living at Cedar Crest, where they enjoy the view from their balcony.

If you’re looking for Dorothy and Michael Flynn, you’ll most likely find them on their large, recessed balcony. That’s where they watch Independence Day fireworks, take their morning coffee, and spend much of their free time. Not that they have a blank calendar. 

Since trading their 120-year-old house and all its maintenance for a two-bedroom, one-bath, Frederick-style apartment home at Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, N.J., “Now we can enjoy life to the fullest,” says Michael. “There are lots of activities to do here. Very quickly your week is filled up.”

Lifetime cruise

They moved in April. Shortly after, they were getting involved in some of Cedar Crest’s 180 activities and making new friends.

Michael attributes their fluid transition to Sales Counselor Ruth Phillips, Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor, and their complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

The Flynns joined the priority list about four years before they wanted to move by making a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150 per-person, nonrefundable application fee. Once they made their deposit, the date was noted as their priority list date. They worked with Phillips to find the ideal apartment home. When it became available, they had first right of refusal based on their priority list joining date. 

In the meantime, they researched other retirement communities, but “We realized Cedar Crest was the answer,” Michael says. “It was a good choice for us because it’s large, has lots of activities, and it’s really not a bad deal economically.”

In fact, he says, “It’s the best deal in town.”

By meeting with Phillips for open discussions and by attending events and tours, they learned about all Cedar Crest has to offer—the activities, the amenities, and the maintenance-free lifestyle.

“It’s like being on a lifetime cruise where everyone is friendly, you have your dining and your entertainment right here, but you have a suite of rooms instead of one cabin room,” says Michael. “It may sound like a sales pitch, but it’s all true.”

Dorothy has been thankful to trade chores and cooking dinner for the book club.

“We are enjoying it more than we expected,” she says.

Michael hasn’t missed mowing the lawn throughout the spring and summer, and he can’t wait for the first snowfall of winter—Cedar Crest’s grounds crew will take care of plowing, shoveling, and salting walkways. 

“Without a doubt I’m enjoying it—no more chores,” he says.

And instead of spending their retirement funds on house repairs, like a roof, water heater, or HVAC unit, they have one fixed monthly service package that covers all home utilities, maintenance, security, landscaping, property taxes, a flexible meal plan, and use of all community amenities. 

“Cedar Crest was a good choice for us financially. Our house was getting older and harder to maintain. All the niceties of everyday life were not enjoyable anymore,” Michael says.

Less space, more usability

Now, though they’ve downsized, they say they live “basically exactly the way we were living in our house because we’re using the same amount of space.”

Phillips says that’s a common theme among people who move to Cedar Crest. Though they live in a large house, they aren’t using all the rooms because children have moved out.

“Typically, people use the kitchen, bedroom, and living room or den,” she says. “When people meet with me, I learn about how they use their current space and find an apartment home that makes life simpler so they have more time and energy to enjoy their hobbies and passions. We have a variety of floor plans to suit nearly any lifestyle.”

The Flynns knew they wanted a recessed balcony and two bedrooms. When Phillips showed them what would become their current home, they knew it was the one. Because they had joined the priority list early on, they were in prime position to reserve it. 

“It’s important to join the priority list as soon as you begin considering a move in retirement so you can get the apartment home you want, when you want it,” Phillips says. “We even have adult children of current residents join the priority list well before they can move because they know this is where they want to be.”

The Flynns can attest: “We got what we wanted on time,” Michael says.

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