Display craft items, like colorful thread, as décor to free up traditional storage space.

I’ve been writing about downsizing and moving for nearly 15 years, and the most common remark I hear from people who have done it goes something like this: “I don’t miss a thing.”

Lantern Hill’s Bell Pavilion will feature underground parking; a new restaurant and bar; and courtyard amenities like a bocce court, fitness center, fire pit, and community gardens.

Many people moving to Lantern Hill this fall will have something in common with their new home. 

Lynn O’Neill (left) couldn’t wait to turn 62 so she could enjoy the same maintenance-free lifestyle as her mother, Darlene Eckel. Now, they both live at Lantern Hill, the active adult retirement community in New Providence, N.J.

This September, a life-changing event will come to fruition for a few hundred people in Union County, N.J. Lantern Hill will open the doors to its brand-new residence building, Bell Pavilion. 

One of Dick Byrnes’ many activities at Lantern Hill is the hand chimes choir. (From left) Joan Murphy, Dick Byrnes, Choir Director Carole Pasquale, and Dave Marr.

When Dick Byrnes asked his financial advisor Michael Moore if he thought a move to a retirement community like Lantern Hill was a smart investment, Moore didn’t hesitate—the answer was a resounding yes. 

Enjoy the fresh air and views in one of Lantern Hill's outdoor lounge areas.

Lantern Hill is always buzzing with activity thanks to its ingenious weatherproof design granting on-the-go residents access to a plethora of activities without ever going outside. In rain, snow, or summer heat, they can stay social, active, and engaged. 

1. Get wet

Alberta Sehnert, pictured here, moved to Lantern Hill from Summit, N.J., where she had lived for 47 years. When Lantern Hill was built in 2016, she saw an opportunity for a more safe and secure, maintenance-free lifestyle while remaining in her hometown.

Real estate’s spring and summer selling season is upon us, and if 2019 is your year to consider vibrant retirement living, no doubt financial considerations are at the top of your list.

Not all retirement communities operate on the same business model. A number of financial structures, as well as lifestyle and amenity options, exist to suit different needs, desires, and budgets.

Lantern Hill Executive Chef Justin Pearsall and his team offer creative menus for a variety of tastes and preferences.

Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., has a new executive chef, and the word around town is he’s imaginative and creative when it comes to food. 

Movers packing up fragile items

There’s a reason why most people who move to Lantern Hill say it’s the easiest move they’ve ever made. They have a secret weapon. Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan provides personalized assistance to help make the load—and the experience—a lot lighter. 

Kay McNally returned to Union County, N.J., after living in Florida for several years. She brought her southern décor with her to create a bright and cozy cottage up north in her new home at Lantern Hill.

To Kay McNally, the apartment home where she lives in New Providence, N.J., doesn’t feel like an apartment at all.