Don’t spend another winter in your house

Embrace a lifestyle worth moving for

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October 29th, 2019
Seabrook resident Carol Hock says she actually enjoys watching the snow fall now, knowing that Seabrook’s grounds crew handles all maintenance and she can simply walk down the hall to a restaurant, movie, or club meeting.

Seabrook resident Carol Hock says she actually enjoys watching the snow fall now, knowing that Seabrook’s grounds crew handles all maintenance and she can simply walk down the hall to a restaurant, movie, or club meeting.

With winter around the corner, Seabrook 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.  

William Bogdan moved from a four-bedroom house, in Lavallette, to a one-bedroom maintenance-free apartment at Seabrook, in Tinton Falls, N.J. He says the best thing about downsizing is he no longer worries about the weather. 

“It’s maintenance-free. You don’t worry about anything. In my house, I had a 6-foot cellar and every day I had to check to see if there was water in it. It was a good day if there was no water in it,” he says. 

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 his sidewalk and driveway, checking the furnace, and preparing for a few lonely days, he doesn’t skip a beat. He lives life uninterrupted—visiting the fitness center and playing billiards with buddies. 

Escape isolation

“Winter can be a really isolating time of year,” says Resident Life Senior Manager Michelle Aguilar. 

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 Seabrook lifestyle.

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

Seabrook also has more than 100 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,” Aguilar says. 

Life uninterrupted

“Seabrook is thoughtfully designed so that our residents can stay active and engaged regardless of the weather outside,” says Aguilar. “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.”

Many residents enjoy watching the snow fall from their windows or from the climate-controlled walkways that connect every building, knowing they don’t have to bundle up, shovel snow, or salt sidewalks.

Seabrook’s grounds crew handles all maintenance, and all residents’ needs are within a short indoor walk of their apartment homes.

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

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 Dennise Baldwin says people who want to get ahead of the weather this year may be able to move to Seabrook 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,” Baldwin says. 

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

Priority list members learn about incentives, 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 Seabrook, you get your deposit back. If you do move, your deposit goes toward your entrance fee,” Baldwin says. “It’s a great opportunity to do hands-on retirement research.”

Mary Ann Cammarano says Seabrook has exceeded her and husband Nick’s expectations. “It’s been the best decision we’ve ever made. I’m so glad we came as a couple, and we can establish our roots here. We don’t have to worry about anything from here on out. We have a sense of peace knowing we are where we belong and where we want to belong,” Mary Ann says.

They meet friends for dinner or brunch on Sundays. She belongs to a writing group. Nick swims in the aquatics center twice a week and plays pool weekly. “You can do as much or as little as you want to do here,” she says.

“Mary Ann and Nick are excellent examples of people who are truly embracing the lifestyle here at Seabrook,” says Sales Director Dan Simms. “They moved in with the idea of living a more worry-free life, and they’re able to do that here.”