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Maris Grove
Maris Grove community member Betty Barrett displays some of the painting on glass she did years ago. The pieces were also displayed in the Redwood Commons Clubhouse at Maris Grove.

When Betty and Joe Barrett moved to Fox Hill Farm in Delaware County, Pa., 20 years ago, the 55-plus community had just opened. The Barretts loved moving into a place where everyone was new together and eager to make friends.

Maris Grove
Becky Diamond is on her way to a get-together of the women’s club at Maris Grove.

Because Becky Diamond’s mother lives an active and engaged life in a retirement community near Lancaster, Pa., Becky and her husband Hugh decided seven years ago they’d eventually move to one too.

“I saw how a retirement community would benefit me,” Becky says.

Maris Grove
A Dentzel goat that once graced a carousel now prances in the great room of Kay Bell’s apartment home at Maris Grove.

Kay Bell is a collector, so moving from a large home in Florida to a sunny one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath corner apartment home at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., entailed some downsizing.

While Kay winnowed many items from her various collections, she still was able to bring the things that meant the most to her.

Linden Ponds
Linden Ponds’ “Asian Supper Club” recently enjoyed traditional Cantonese cuisine at South Garden Restaurant at the Kam Man Plaza in Quincy, Mass.

People who live at Linden Ponds bond over many things they might have in common—be that a shared passion for photography or opera, similar political or religious views, the same former careers, or a shared ethnicity. Last year, a group of residents of Asian descent started gathering for monthly dinners in one of the community’s private dining rooms.

Linden Ponds
Longtime TV studio volunteer Armand Ruby can often be spotted working behind the camera at Linden Ponds.

When Armand and Anne Marie Ruby moved to Linden Ponds in 2007, they were already familiar with the lifestyle offered at Erickson Living communities and the values the company stands by.

Linden Ponds
Lynne Ford Personal Moving Consultant

Temperatures could still be quite chilly in Massachusetts in March, but as far as the real estate market is concerned, spring has already sprung.

Many people think the prime time for spring home sales is April, May, and June. But if you want to get a jump on the spring market—and increase your chances of a successful sale—the time to list your house is now.

Lantern Hill
A senior couple shake the hand of a realtor next to a Sold sign in front of a house.

The weather may not feel like spring, but in the real estate world, the spring market is well under way. If you’ve been considering listing your house, now is the time. And here are three reasons why.

1. It’s a seller’s market, according to New Jersey Realtors®. Their July 2017 report concluded:

Lantern Hill
Ronald and Joan Hoke had lived in the same three-bedroom rancher in Berkeley Heights for many years. With home maintenance getting tiresome, they were quick to join the priority list at Lantern Hill. Its location enables them to stay involved with friends

New Jersey Monthly recently released its list of the top 100 towns in the state based on home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance, and lifestyle. Eight of the towns selected surround Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community in New Providence.

Cedar Crest
At Cedar Crest, community members support each other, as evidenced by resident-taught fitness classes. Resident Esther Price teaches Stretch ‘n’ Tone weekly as well as water aerobics.

Have you ever wondered what community life at Cedar Crest is really like? It’s hard to tell until you live there, but resident Kathy Moffitt has some thoughts on the topic.