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Try before you buy

Cedar Crest provides ample opportunities to sample community life before making a decision

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July 31st, 2017
Fran and Ralph Cilia utilized Cedar Crest’s “Live the Life” coupon booklet to sample community life before reserving an apartment home.

Fran and Ralph Cilia utilized Cedar Crest’s “Live the Life” coupon booklet to sample community life before reserving an apartment home.

Free samples are nothing new in the food and beauty industries, but when it comes to making one of the biggest purchases of your life, you’re expected to cross your fingers and hope it’s the right decision. 

Not at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J. Priority list members (prospective residents who have expressed an interest in moving to Cedar Crest and put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice) have myriad opportunities to sample activities, meet future neighbors, and ask questions.

Mark your calendar

Priority list membership has many benefits aside from selecting and reserving an apartment home. The Cedar Crest sales team hosts various exclusive events just for priority list members so they can ask questions, get acclimated to the community, and learn about the services and amenities available to them before, during, and after they move. 

On Aug. 23, the Summer Expo will give visitors a chance to meet current community members over a barbecue-style lunch and tour available apartment homes.

Next, on Sept. 7, priority list members are invited to a Lunch and Learn event to learn more about the moving process and Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program exclusive to priority list members that 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 hosts each Lunch and Learn and treats it as an intimate moving workshop to help ease the process of downsizing, selling a house, and settling into your new home. The workshops focus on a different topic, teaching guests various tips and tricks to tackle downsizing and moving.

Can’t make it on Sept. 7? Connor hosts Lunch and Learn events every month. You have two more opportunities to make it before the end of the year: Oct. 4 and Nov. 2. 

Don’t miss the Fall Festival on Oct. 18, which features an Erickson Realty and Moving Services workshop, an open house of available apartment homes, and a chance to reserve one on the spot. 

If you haven’t reserved an apartment or moved in by December, celebrate the season and tour apartment homes with future neighbors at Cedar Crest’s elegant holiday luncheon on Dec. 6. 

‘Live the Life’ coupons

Aside from invitations to various exclusive events and workshops, priority list members now receive a “Live the Life” coupon booklet that enables them to experience life as a Cedar Crest community member before they reserve an apartment. 

“We want to give you a glimpse of the community amenities and encourage you to move sooner rather than later—while you can take advantage of all the services, clubs, and lively lifestyle,” says Sales Associate Kelly Tapp.

The booklet includes coupons for dinner in one of Cedar Crest’s five restaurants and a movie at the performing arts center, Sunday brunch, tickets to a current events group or lifelong learning class, and much more.

“These coupons are exclusively for our priority list members at Cedar Crest and touch on all the amenities, services, dining, and activities that make our community unique and desirable,” Tapp says. 

Fran and Ralph Cilia utilized the coupons prior to reserving their apartment home. Not only did it help them get a taste for life at Cedar Crest, but it also enabled them to meet people who would become their close friends. 

“Using the coupons, we met people—and that was a great thing. We went on a trip using one of the coupons where we met quite a few people. So before we moved in we had already made several friends,” Fran says. 

They also used coupons to dine in Cedar Crest’s five on-site restaurants. Now, though the couple hosts guests frequently in their two-bedroom, Hawthorne-style apartment home, they typically eat on campus with friends without the burden of cooking or cleaning up. 

“We really love it. I really love it. We have met so many people that I organized a friends’ night. We use the private dining room because we have 14 people we go to dinner with at various times from all across the community,” Fran says. 

“We chose Cedar Crest because it was the best thing going,” she adds. “It has the most bang for your buck. Not only that, but everyone is always so helpful. If we had any questions, problems, wanted to look at the apartment again—it was never a problem. That was a great thing.”