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Why an Applewood Cottage Home May Be Right for You

Jul 12, 2021


Ready to move from your 55+ community or private home? Find out why a cottage-style home can be the perfect transition

When researching what type of homes seniors are looking for today, we learned that more people are looking for a happy medium between a large home or apartment.

To meet this growing need, Applewood offers 20 semi-attached, one-level, cottage homes with one or two bedrooms. These premier homes offer the upscale amenities that matter most–spacious master bedrooms with modern bathroom finishes and walk-in closets; light-filled smartly designed kitchens, attached garage and covered front porches for chatting with neighbors and enjoying the weather year-round.

Is a cottage home right for you?

Consider these possible needs in your retirement community home:

Do you have a hobby that requires space and extra storage?

An attached garage can suit both needs.

Love to entertain?

The cottage floor plans offer plenty of room for guests and a private driveway for nearby parking.

Animal owner?

Give your pet quick access to outdoor space.

Not ready to retire?

Convert your extra space into a home office.

Need frequent access to your car or do you come home after dark?

An attached garage offers security and convenience.

Is privacy a priority?

Living with only one attached neighbor (via garage) guarantees the quiet setting you may desire.

If any of these questions resonate with your lifestyle, find out why some of our residents chose their Applewood cottages:

Flexible floor plans make transitional living easy

Pat and Gladys Valone moved to a cottage home from Marlboro 14 years ago

They were the second couple to move into their Presidential cottage home in 2007. At the time, Pat was still working full-time in New York City and liked the convenience of the home’s den that he used as an office.

“We both grew up living in apartments in New York, but loved our single-family home and property in Marlboro, NJ, once we relocated to the suburbs,” Pat explains. “Having a front porch and a manageable yard is very important to us.”

The couple elected to downsize from their larger house to Applewood before reaching a point where moving was overwhelming.

“My mother enjoyed a marvelous retirement at Applewood, so moving here was an easy choice for us,” says Pat, now retired from his career as an aviation insurance underwriter.

“We never want to be a burden to our children,” explain the Valones. Applewood’s unique Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) means they can seamlessly transition to assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing care, if ever needed, without having to uproot themselves and move during a time of stress.

The couple says their cottage home has perfectly suited their needs over the past 14 years. From an attached garage to full interior and exterior maintenance services, including housekeeping, they have time to enjoy retirement to the fullest.

“One of the reasons my mother loved Applewood so much was the constant flow of events and activities here,” Pat recalls. “I participate in many clubs and activities while Gladys is more selective, so we are both happy.”

Private garages offer space for hobbies and extra storage

Richard Genthner built a custom model railroad around the circumference of his garage

In 2012, the Genthners had tired of their 55+ active adult community in Manalapan. “The house required too much ongoing maintenance and was more home than we wanted or needed at this stage of our lives,” he recalls.

They had children living in the Monmouth County area and wanted a smaller footprint but ample space for Richard’s impressive model railroad.

“After our move to Applewood in Freehold, I was delighted to discover our taxes were lower than when we lived in Manalapan,” Richard adds.

His wife Pat, who recently passed away, had eyesight challenges, so oversized windows on three sides of the cottage home offered a plethora of light, which suited her needs perfectly. They also wanted a garage to keep their car handy without having to go outside.

Former Colts Neck couple enjoy wildlife outside their front door

John and Joanne Jacoby moved to Applewood five years ago and knew the cottage home location was for them.

“Moving to a smaller home was a less stressful transition than moving directly to an apartment,” he explains. The couple, frequent walkers, appreciates the sidewalks and walking paths right outside their front door.

The couple’s adult children live nearby, so their extra bedroom is used as an office and den for reading. “If we ever need space for overnight guests, we can take advantage of the furnished guest apartments available here at Applewood.”

“We were elated the first time we discovered a family of deer in our front yard here in Freehold,” says John Jacoby. “They were daily visitors at our home in Colts Neck, so we took it as a sign we made the right decision.”

Fully-renovated cottages ready for 2021 move-in

Looking for a quick move-in? A beautiful Royal model home in a prime location features a bright bay window, new eat-in kitchen, all new flooring and two new bathrooms with high-end tile and finishes.

The past year was an ideal time for us to fully update the few cottage homes which are available now,” says Eric Eichhorst, director of sales and marketing. ”The next residents will have a turn-key home with all new appliances, fresh paint colors throughout, new lighting, flooring, countertops and tile.

Applewood offers five cottage-home styles with two-story great rooms, master with full bath and walk-in closet, attached garage, front porches and appealing cottage style curb appeal.

Maintenance-free inside and outside, our cottages are just a short walk from the Performing Arts Center, dining rooms, craft, art, music and card rooms, outdoor amenities, fitness center, indoor junior Olympic-sized pool and spa and additional amenities.

Preview 20 different independent living cottage and apartment floor plans at Applewood.

There’s so much to see and experience at Applewood. Reach out to our team of friendly and experienced senior living professionals by calling (732) 303-7416 and let’s chart a path for your move up to continuing care retirement community (CCRC) living.