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New Providence couple stays close to home for retirement

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January 12th, 2017
Glenn and Marianne Herrigel chose a one-bedroom Burlington-style apartment home at Lantern Hill.

Glenn and Marianne Herrigel chose a one-bedroom Burlington-style apartment home at Lantern Hill for its ample storage space, westerly view of the Chatham Mountains, and convenient location in Union Square.

Glenn and Marianne Herrigel may have lived in their four-bedroom colonial for 50 years, but it didn’t take them long to feel perfectly at home in their new apartment at Lantern Hill. In fact, it took no time at all.

“We’re only about five or six blocks from where our house was, but I no longer think of that as home. I think of this as home, so we’re very comfortable,” Marianne said a mere two months after moving to the New Providence, N.J., Erickson Living community. “We love it. We really are very happy, and we have no complaints. We are very glad we made the decision to move.”

Early bird gets the worm

While they settled in quickly, their move had been in the works since 2012 when they joined the priority list at Seabrook, Lantern Hill’s sister community in Tinton Falls. 

Priority list members are 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. 

Once this deposit is made, the date is noted as the member’s priority list date. Members are encouraged to select a preferred floor plan that, once available, will be offered to them with the right of first refusal based on their joining date. 

The Herrigels’ foresight gave them an advantage when it came time to reserve their apartment home.

“We were pretty high up on the priority list along with others who had signed up at another Erickson Living community,” Marianne says.

They were able to choose and reserve the apartment home of their choice and join other pioneer residents in moving to Lantern Hill when it first opened last summer. 

The Herrigels chose a one-bedroom Burlington-style apartment home for its ample storage space and central location in Union Square. 

“We have the most beautiful westerly view you can imagine of the Chatham Mountains; we can see range after range of mountains. And we can look right down the center of town where we can see our church and the high school football fields,” Marianne says.

“I just need to get a pair of binoculars and I’ll be able to see the score board,” adds Glenn.

Loving life at Lantern Hill

Having lived in New Providence for most of their lives and raised their children there, remaining in the area was the main reason they chose to spend their retirement at Lantern Hill. 

“The main thing that attracted us was that it was here in a town where we had lived and where we would like to stay,” says Marianne. “We had seen the other [Erickson Living] communities and liked them. We didn’t really give it any other thought except that we were staying right where we wanted to be.”

While they continue to visit the same stores, drive the same streets, and see the same friends, they have discovered so many other benefits to life at Lantern Hill. 

“People are very friendly and social. We’ve taken advantage of the fitness center. My husband is looking forward to the [swimming] pool. The activities all sound interesting, so I’m sure we’ll be quite busy,” says Marianne.

She also appreciates being free to be busy or not, especially when it comes to chores and cooking.

“It’s delightful, really, to be out during the day doing things that we want to do,” she says. “And although I love to cook, it’s nice to not have to cook if I don’t want to. I can cook when I want to. I have a nice kitchen where I can do anything that I want to do. Or I can pop into the apartment at 5 p.m. and say, ‘Let’s go down and get dinner tonight.’”

After 62 years of marriage and dinner planning, she adds, “I’ve been happy for the change.”

Luxuries and niceties aside, they are grateful to have continuing care available on site when it opens this year.

“Continuing care was important to us because we really want to take care of ourselves and don’t want to put that responsibility on our children,” Marianne says, adding that their four children are pleased with their parents’ decision and excited about their newfound freedom from homeowner responsibilities. 

“We’re happy, and we’re glad we made the move,” Marianne says.