Don’t spend another winter in your house

Embrace a lifestyle worth moving for

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October 22nd, 2019
Helen and David Steinberg have embraced the worry-free lifestyle at Cedar Crest, seen here in the fitness center, by staying active and engaged regardless of the weather outside.

Helen and David Steinberg have embraced the worry-free lifestyle at Cedar Crest by staying active and engaged regardless of the weather outside.

With winter around the corner, Cedar Crest is experiencing a rush of appointments with people who don’t want to spend another winter in their house. 

The weatherproof community provides everything one needs to live a healthy, active, engaged life under one roof.  

“No matter what the weather is, we do not have to worry about anything,” says Fran Cilia, who moved to Cedar Crest with her husband Ralph. “We know we’re going to have our meals, there are the stores downstairs, the pharmacy. My husband doesn’t have to worry about shoveling snow. And if you don’t feel like walking, there is always the shuttle to take you where you want to go.” 

Now, when a winter storm is about to hit, instead of running to the grocery store to stock up on essentials, spreading ice melt on their sidewalk and driveway, checking the furnace, and preparing for a few lonely days, they don’t skip a beat. Their social life goes on as usual— meeting friends for dinner at Seabrook’s restaurants or hosting them for dinner in their two-bedroom Hawthorne-style apartment home, which features an open floor plan perfect for guests. 

“We really love it. I really love it,” Fran says.

Escape isolation

“Winter can be the most isolating time of year, which isn’t healthy for anyone, regardless of age,” says Resident Life Manager Erica Zayat. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that sets in as the days become shorter. Fortunately, people can combat SAD with socialization and physical exercise—both hallmarks of the Cedar Crest lifestyle.

“Exercise releases endorphins, those ‘feel-good’ hormones, while regular socialization has been shown to help with memory. Our group fitness classes provide both,” Zayat says.

Cedar Crest also has 120 interest groups, from watercolor classes to current events discussion groups to a woodworking shop. “Basically, if you have a hobby or interest, we have a club or you can start one,” Zayat says. 

Life uninterrupted

“Cedar Crest is thoughtfully designed so that our residents can stay active and engaged regardless of the weather outside,” says Zayat. “Nothing gets canceled because of weather, residents don’t have to worry about driving in snow or rain. Everything they need is right here, just steps from their front door.”

At Cedar Crest, residents watch snow fall without ever having to lift a finger or leave the campus. In fact, they don’t even have to go outside; climate-controlled walkways connect every building. 

“It’s like a small, indoor village,” Zayat says.

The campus has a fully staffed medical center, pharmacy, bank, fitness and aquatics center, classrooms, restaurants, walking paths, even a performing arts center for movies and live entertainment. And round-the-clock security and home maintenance crews take care of risky winter chores like shoveling snow. 

And it’s all included in the convenient monthly service fee, which also encompasses all utilities, property taxes, and a flexible meal plan.

Get ahead of the chill

Sales Counselor Ruth Phillips says people who want to get ahead of the weather this year may be able to move to Cedar Crest in time. Even people who are not on the priority list have a chance to reserve an apartment as long as they are flexible about floor plan and location.

“We have a great mix of apartment homes available right now. We have everything from affordable and spacious one bedrooms to a few two-bedroom homes,” Phillips says. 

She adds that Cedar Crest only offers incentives a few times during the year on select apartment homes. The best way to learn about these incentives, she says, is to join the priority list. 

Priority list members learn about available apartment homes and construction or renovations before the general public. They also have exclusive opportunities to experience community life through events.

Membership requires a $1,000 fully refundable deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee.  

“The priority list is risk-free. If you change your mind and don’t move to Cedar Crest, you get your deposit back. If you do move, your deposit goes toward your entrance fee,” Phillips says. “It’s a great opportunity to do hands-on retirement research.”

“I feel like something was lifted off of me,” Helen Steinberg says of moving to Cedar Crest. She even took a picture of a groundskeeper shoveling snow their first winter in their new home in celebration that she wasn’t out there in the cold.

“I’m very glad we made the move. I think more people should do it at our ages, not when you can’t take care of the house, but when you’d rather take part in activities, make friends, and enjoy life,” she says.

“David and Helen are excellent examples of people who are truly embracing the lifestyle here at Cedar Crest,” says Sales Director Ray Guarino says. “They moved in with the idea of living a more worry-free life, and they’re able to do that here.”