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August 29th, 2017
Alexa and Ken McCourt attend an event for those who have reserved an apartment home in Lantern Hill’s new Maple Glen building, slated to open in 2018.

Alexa and Ken McCourt attend an event for those who have reserved an apartment home in Lantern Hill’s new Maple Glen building, slated to open in 2018.


When I first saw Alexa McCourt from across the room, I thought she must be someone’s daughter. Her hip style and welcoming smile complimented the modern décor of the bar and restaurant where we all gathered. 

In fact, I had the same inclination about several people in the room that day when I attended Lantern Hill’s reservist event in early June. 

As I introduced myself to Alexa, and to others, I learned that they would be moving to the Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J. Two new residence buildings—Maple Glen, opening in fall 2017, and Oakwood Court, opening in early 2018—will be their new address. 

They had all taken advice I hear all the time from people who live at other Erickson Living communities around the country. They had all chosen to embrace a maintenance-free, active lifestyle at Lantern Hill while they continue to pursue current interests and hobbies. 

Why Lantern Hill

The community, which opened in June 2016, promotes active independent living while providing access to multiple levels of continuing care on site should someone’s health needs change.

Amenities include three on-site restaurants, a marketplace, classrooms, a library, a theater, a fitness center and indoor swimming pool, salon, and climate-controlled walkways. Services include on-site concierge, underground parking, professional landscaping, 24/7 security, full-time maintenance staff, as well as local pharmacy delivery and dry-cleaning service.

An affordable, fixed monthly service fee includes the above mentioned services, plus all utilities, property taxes, a flexible meal plan, weekly housekeeping, and secure Wi-Fi. And each apartment home has ready access to the Internet. 

This financial structure is designed to help community members budget with confidence and to remove the burden of managing several bills a month—they write just one monthly check for nearly all living expenses. 

Strong reputation

Alexa and her husband Ken will move from their two-story, single-family home in Madison, to a two-bedroom, two-bath Hartley floor plan in Maple Glen. 

"We wanted to move for two reasons: eliminating steps and ease of living,” Ken says. 

Alexa says she was familiar with Erickson Living’s reputation when she read about Lantern Hill coming to the area. With New Providence so close to Madison, they’ll still attend their church, frequent their favorite stores, and visit with old friends. 

“I read about it in the newspaper and knew it was an Erickson property. I wanted to give it a look,” she says. 

They liked what they saw and became members of the priority list. Membership requires a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee. 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. 

In Alexa and Ken’s case, they were notified of new construction before the public and had the opportunity to reserve the apartment of their choice. 

There is no penalty should the preferred apartment home become available before a prospective resident is ready to move. It is simply offered to the next member on the list, and the priority list status remains the same.

Alexa and Ken chose the Hartley for its two bedrooms, den, and patio. While they feel their current two-story house in Madison is “too big for two people,” the Hartley’s spacious floor plan feels just right.

Palpable excitement

While guests mingled and munched on cookies, fruit, and coffee before Sales Director Randy Carroll introduced Sales Counselor Kathy Banks to the crowd, I chatted with Marie Cimino. She’ll be moving from Easton, Pa., to Lantern Hill so she can be closer to her son and grandchildren. Ironically, they live in Madison like Ken and Alexa.

Marie chose Lantern Hill for its location, its newness, and the design of her apartment home—an extra-large, one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Baldwin, one of the most popular floor plans.

“I’m anxious to move. I’m very happy,” Marie says over coffee. 

After Banks spoke to guests about the progress of Maple Glen and Oakwood Court, Personal Moving Consultant Jenn Kohan talked about next steps. 

“We’re getting closer. The next step is to get a move-in date,” Kohan said to the crowd. 

The excitement in the air was palpable. 

While 65% of the new apartments in Maple Glen and Oakwood Court have been reserved, existing apartment homes do become available periodically, and opportunities to move before year’s end do present themselves.

Consider the Lantern Hill sales staff as your personal resource, ready to help you plan your move to your new home.