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‘Everything fell into place’

That’s when Joan Sheehan knew her new home at Cedar Crest was meant to be

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August 29th, 2017
Joan Sheehan (right) hosted her sister-in-law Marianne Sheehan at her Cedar Crest apartment home. Marianne was visiting from Las Vegas, Nev., and joined the priority list at Cedar Crest while on her trip.

Joan Sheehan (right) hosted her sister-in-law Marianne Sheehan at her Cedar Crest apartment home. Marianne was visiting from Las Vegas, Nev., and joined the priority list at Cedar Crest while on her trip.


“If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen,” Joan Sheehan said to Cedar Crest Sales Counselor Kate Tanis at a tea in the fall of 2016. 

Then, like leaves falling effortlessly from their branches, everything in Joan’s life fell seamlessly into place. Just two months later, Joan was moving into her new home at Cedar Crest. 

“For me, everything fell into place it was like it was orchestrated from above. There wasn’t a single glitch,” she says. 

The right lifestyle

It all started last July with her decision to join the priority list at the Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community. She started noticing that her house in a South Jersey 55-plus community was beginning to need more and more repairs. And she had to drive to all of her activities. She was nearly 77, and life just wasn’t as convenient as she envisioned for her retirement.

As a vibrant, maintenance-free community, Cedar Crest would take the burden of home maintenance off her shoulders while giving her access to more than 180 clubs and interest groups on site. 

So she joined the priority list by placing a $1,000 fully refundable deposit and $150 nonrefundable application fee. Priority list membership secured her place in line for the available apartment home of her choice and opened up doors to exclusive community events—like the tea she attended that fall with her eldest daughter, where she met Tanis and said those propitious words, “If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen.”

While Joan was chatting with Tanis about her ideal lifestyle and apartment home, Joan’s daughter was learning about Cedar Crest from people who already live there—“resident ambassadors”—who attend events and give visitors a chance to ask questions and get honest answers. 

“By the end of it, [my daughter] thought it was great. One of the ambassadors told her I should move sooner rather than later while I can enjoy all the activities the community offers,” Joan says.

The right home

Shortly after the tea, Tanis showed Joan a beautiful Ellicott-style apartment home. “When I saw the Ellicott, I knew that was what I wanted because of the floor plan—a bigger bedroom and plenty of floor space for my grandkids,” Joan recalls. 

She reserved it that day. 

Back at the 55-plus community, Joan hadn’t even spoken to a real estate agent yet when someone knocked on her door asking if she was interested in selling her house. Word had gotten around among neighbors that Joan was looking elsewhere, and “the house sold as-is for cash,” Joan says.

Her words, “If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen,” were coming true. 

The last leg of this story follows suit, thanks to a service available at every Erickson Living community 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 visited Joan in her house to assist with downsizing, a moving plan, and furniture placement in her new home. 

Connor recommended a locally owned moving company. “The owner had actually recently moved his mother to Cedar Crest, so he knew exactly where he was going with me,” Joan says.

Even the paperwork was hassle free. 

“Everything that I did with Kate and Jessica [Lezak] in the sales office, all of the presentations were very informative, including the materials they gave you. All my questions were answered,” Joan says.

Sharing Cedar Crest

Now, a year later, Joan couldn’t be happier with her decision to move. Her grandkids visit often for sleepovers on her pullout couch. She Wii bowls three times a week. She’s captain of the bocce team. She sings in the Catholic choir. And she participates in two knitting groups. 

She’s also spreading the good word about Cedar Crest. While her sister-in-law Marianne visited from Las Vegas, Nev., over the summer, they swam in the indoor glass-enclosed pool, dined at the on-site restaurants, and enjoyed performances in the performing arts center. 

“We’ve been having a great time. Right now she really likes what she sees, especially the social part of it, the clubs and activities,” Joan says.

Marianne liked it so much, she joined the priority list. Now it’s time for everything to start falling into place for her.