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What’s in a Wentworth?

Why one Summit resident chose Lantern Hill’s largest apartment home

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July 10th, 2017
Jean Ball sits on a sofa inside her Wentworth-style apartment home at Lantern Hill, which she chose for its spacious layout, sunny location, and ample storage.

Jean Ball chose an extra-large two-bedroom, two-bath Wentworth-style apartment home at Lantern Hill for its spacious layout, sunny location, and ample storage.

Jean Ball was looking to downsize from her large single family home in Summit, N.J., when Erickson Living announced construction of Lantern Hill in nearby New Providence. 

“I was ready to not live in a big house anymore all by myself. This seemed like a good place to be,” she says. The vibrant, active retirement community opened last spring with spacious and modern independent living apartment homes as well as assisted living, memory care, outpatient rehabilitation, and Medicare-approved skilled nursing in Union County.

Yet although Jean wanted less house to care for, she wasn’t ready to give up her dining room table and other formal furniture pieces. 

Lantern Hill Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan and Sales Counselor Kathy Banks listened to Jean’s wants and needs and recommended the extra-large, two-bedroom, two-bath Wentworth floor plan.

Formally fitted

With its open floor plan, expansive storage closet, and bed-bath suites that bookend the living area, “This seemed less like an apartment and more like a home to me,” Jean says.

Kohan helped with downsizing and furniture placement so Jean could fill her new home with all her favorite things. “I brought everything I wanted to bring. I brought my dining room table and six chairs and a grandfather clock that is in a wonderful nook by my fireplace,” Jean says. 

A grandfather clock, indeed. “The grandfather clock was given to my great-grandfather on his retirement from Best and Co. in 1923, an old clothing store,” Jean says of the sentimental piece.

Sales Associate Stacey Gunderman says the Wentworth was designed for people like Jean. “It has a distinguished living and dining room area, so for those who have come from really large homes and still want that formal setting, the Wentworth allows them to bring the larger furniture they’ve always had,” Gunderman says.

The sunny side

The Wentworth’s location also caught Jean’s eye. “I wanted a sunny side of the building, and this apartment looks down over the beautiful lawn on the sunny side.”

She enjoys reading on her large balcony, which she’s outfitted with a table and two chairs. “I sit out there and read and watch the world go by,” Jean says.

Inside, Jean’s home—with its light-colored granite countertops, maple cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout the entire living area—glows in the natural sunlight. As an end unit that hugs the building, the Wentworth features three walls covered in windows that create an inviting, light-filled space.

Ample storage space sealed the deal for Jean. The Wentworth features a massive storage closet, walk-in bedroom closets, a coat closet, a linen closet, two pantry areas, and a full-size laundry room.

“I love my walk-in storage closet. I came from 42 years in the same house. I didn’t’t know how I would do it, but that closet helped. I’ve even heard some people are using that room as an office,” Jean says. “I love my storage space.”

Is it for you? 

The Wentworth is one of 13 unique floor plans available in Lantern Hill’s two new residence buildings, Oakwood Court and Maple Glen, scheduled to open in 2018. This second neighborhood will add 114 apartment homes to the bustling community.

Maple Glen will add 60 new apartment homes, and Oakwood Court will add 54. In addition to seven of Lantern Hill’s most popular floor plans, each of the new buildings will offer six new floor plans, meeting demand for space, design, storage, and functionality.

The apartments are delivered in a variety of select finishes, including granite countertops, ceramic tile, stainless steel appliances, and wood flooring. The Wentworth, in particular, features a laundry room with a full-size, side-by-side washer and dryer.

Each new apartment at Maple Glen and Oakwood Court will be easily accessible to Union Square via climate-controlled hallways and walkways. Union Square is the hub of activity. There, community members have access to the on-site medical center, fitness and aquatics center, arts center, salon and spa, classrooms, library, and restaurants.