Program Honors 50-Year Tenure at London Terrace with a Year’s Free Rent
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (Jan. 3, 2024) – When you can’t think of anywhere you’d rather live, it’s a tribute not only to your community but to the folks who run it. And when those same people want to reward you for your loyalty, that is “unbelievable,” said Old Bridge resident Jane Edell – now in her 50th year as a resident at London Terrace apartments.
The property’s owner, Garden Communities, recently dubbed Edell as its newest “Golden Resident,” and recognized her with a year’s free rent. “It was such a shock,” said Edell, who moved to Old Bridge from Fort Lee in 1973. “When I told my family and friends, they couldn’t believe it.”
Despite her surprise, Jane thoroughly enjoyed the recent Golden Resident ceremony, at which she was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates and a giant check. The property management team, representatives from Garden Communities’ corporate office and Edell’s long-time boyfriend, Richard Kelly, took part in the celebration.
A resident who loves both her apartment and her neighbors, some of whom have been there almost as long as she has, Edell often recommends London Terrace to friends. “I can’t imagine anything better,” she said. “It’s a great area. When I saw the apartment, I fell in love with it.”
Edell ultimately chose London Terrace because it offered a one-bedroom apartment as well as a rec room. The rec room has a 12-foot ceiling, perfect for Jane and her two cats. “When the super came in once to do a repair, he couldn’t believe that ceiling,” she recalled, noting that building maintenance always comes promptly when called.
For more than 40 years, Edell has maintained two retail stores. Earth Tones in Englishtown sells artifacts from around the world; Asbury Antique Emporium in Asbury Park sells antiques. Both locations are easy to reach from Old Bridge, according to Edell. “It’s very convenient,” she said. “I’m right by Route 9.”
Short Hills, N.J.-based Garden Communities established its Golden Resident Club in 2020 to honor those who have occupied their apartments for at least 50 years. So far, the company has celebrated more than a dozen recipients. According to the company’s Maria Friscia, who supervises the Golden Resident program, the residents’ loyalty and longevity is echoed as well in the Garden Communities team at London Terrace.
“Garden Communities residents and employees, alike, have found more than just a place to live or work – they have found a place to call home,” she said. “This program is just so meaningful for everyone, and the celebration is always heartwarming.”
Garden Communities is a leading New Jersey-based real estate owner, builder, and operator in the multifamily niche. In addition to its many long-time communities, Garden Communities’ robust project pipeline will introduce dozens of new developments in the tri-state area over the next several years. The company is well recognized for its focus on meeting the needs and desires of today’s modern renters.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jane Edell (standing behind check) with Richard Kelly (to her left) and members of the London Terrace property management and Garden Communities corporate teams.
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