‘Loved it from day one’

John Evans chooses Cedar Crest over other communities and his house

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November 21st, 2019
John Evans thought he was going to stay in his house during retirement, but after researching retirement communites in the area and the value they provided for his investment, Cedar Crest was the clear choice.

John Evans thought he was going to stay in his house during retirement, but after researching retirement communites in the area and the value they provided for his investment, Cedar Crest was the clear choice. 

Before John Evans discovered Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Pequannock Township, N.J., he researched seven other retirement communities. He created a spreadsheet of pros and cons, comparing them to each other and to his current living situation. His conclusion? 

“I decided to go live the rest of my life in my house,” he says. 

But when a friend introduced him to Cedar Crest, “Immediately the feeling I got was very good. The ambience was very warm. It was just a wonderful place,” he recalls of his first visit. “This is the best place I ever looked at by far, and I looked at seven different kinds of places, and none of them fit my needs.”

Exceeding expectations

John says his expectations for Cedar Crest were low, but “It was just outstanding. The people are friendly, you have a choice of restaurants and 18 different entrées, you have banks and stores. I have an apartment with a balcony, which I love.”

He added Cedar Crest to his spreadsheet, and it won hands down—against the other communities and against his house. His spreadsheet included fields for size, friendliness, price/value, activities, and dining options, among others. 

“The difference between Cedar Crest and all the other places is that I decided none of them met my needs. With Cedar Crest,” he says, “after I visited, I was living there a month later.”

So, what changed his mind? 

“Cedar Crest has so much more included in the price,” he says. “Around-the-clock security, 190 different activities, friendly people, a good financial structure, and my estate would get back 90% of my entrance fee.” (The Residence and Care Agreement has all the details.)

When he compared Cedar Crest to his house, he immediately recognized the constant outgoing costs associated with homeownership, like a new roof, new furnace, and lawn care.

At Cedar Crest, the cost of home maintenance is included in the monthly service fee, which also covers most day-to-day expenses, such as heating and air-conditioning, trash and recycling collection at your door, dining plans and options, basic cable TV, regularly scheduled transportation, 24-hour security and emergency response services, plus access to a wealth of campus amenities.

To John, everything added up—as it has for the 1,800 other people who call Cedar Crest home. Nine years later, John says, “I love Cedar Crest, and I’ve loved it since day one.”

Your guides to retirement living

While John took a systematic approach to retirement research, some people need more guidance. Cedar Crest’s sales counselors, Ruth Phillips and Kate Tanis, may have the word “sales” in their title, but they are more like guides, helping people make the best decision for their lifestyle and budget. 

“To us, it’s very important that no one feel pressured,” says Phillips. “We provide worksheets to help people compare expenses. We have lots of conversations so we can better understand their lifestyle and what type of apartment home will fit their needs and budget. We truly get to know each person and help them decide if Cedar Crest is the right fit.” 

Additionally, potential residents have the opportunity to explore and experience Cedar Crest by taking part in activities, dining in the on-site restaurants, and talking with community members. 

Cedar Crest’s resident ambassadors provide an insider’s look at community life. They greet potential residents, answer questions, and give tours during sales events.

Another way to learn more about life at Cedar Crest is to join the priority list and attend priority list exclusive events. “These events dive deeper into things like the moving process, finances, activities, and meeting people, and are a great way for people to boost their retirement research,” Tanis says. 

All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit, plus a $150-per-person nonrefundable processing fee, to reserve your place in line for the apartment home of your choice. The day you join the priority list becomes your priority date, giving you preference over everyone else who joins the list after you.

When your desired floor plan becomes available, you’re given first right of refusal based on your priority list status. Passing on an apartment home doesn’t change your priority list status. Should your future plans change, your priority list status is transferable to another Erickson Living-managed community.

“Joining the priority list is the best way to ensure you get the apartment that’s right for you,” says Tanis. “Priority list members tell us the features they want, and we contact them, based on the date they joined the priority list, when an apartment that meets their criteria becomes available.”