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WESTFIELD, N.J. – When Westfield residents Arlene and Donald Roden started their search for a new home, they had a difficult time finding one that was the right fit for them.

After living in a large, custom-designed home for more than 25 years, they knew it was time to downsize, but they also knew they didn’t want to move away from the boutique shops, fine dining and Main Street America charm of vibrant downtown Westfield.
They searched for several years trying to find a spacious home in a downtown setting at the right price. They considered up-and-coming areas such as Morristown, but nothing made them feel as secure and as happy as Westfield did, particularly at night when they’d stroll through town and enjoy all that Westfield has to offer without any worries.  So when their son, Frederick, introduced them to The Savannah, a five-story luxury condominium building featuring just 35 residences for active adults right in the heart of downtown Westfield, they were eager to see it for themselves.

The Savannah was just what the Rodens were looking for. The exquisite European-style façade of the building gave way to a rich interior full of Cappuccino marble, warm woods and expansive layouts. They soaked in the ambience of the upscale, single-floor residences and felt like they were standing in their own home.  The Rodens knew they had found their new home.

Located on Prospect Street, a tree-lined promenade with outdoor cafes, a wine bar and a gourmet coffee shop, The Savannah is Westfield’s premier address for residents who are 55-and-better.  Homeowners are just steps from the upscale shopping, dining and entertainment of downtown Westfield, including a Trader Joe’s grocery store, Lord & Taylor department store, a Rialto movie theater, and so much more.  A New Jersey Transit train station is also in town.

The convenience of living at The Savannah extends beyond its desirable location. A long list of amenities and white glove services is available to each resident, including secured entry, an elegant lobby, elevator service, a community room with prep kitchen for catered parties and two underground parking spaces per home. A full-service Concierge is on hand to assist residents with many of their needs.

The numerous services offered by The Savannah have been particularly comforting this winter. While the rest of New Jersey spent hours shoveling sidewalks and digging out cars, residents of the Savannah have been virtually unfazed by the weather. Heated underground parking kept the snow off of their vehicles. The combination of the concierge service and their proximity to downtown businesses gave many residents little reason to take to the roads.

For the Rodens, their first winter at The Savannah further validated their decision to move here.

“We’re so happy to be here,” said Arlene.  “Being able to walk to the stores, the movie theater and the grocery store without having to drive around and look for parking was wonderful.  And when we didn’t want to go to the store, the building’s Concierge helped us with what we needed.”

James Ward, President of Ward & O’Donnell, the developer of the 35-residence building -– where only five homes now remain available for sale -- said residents who move from large single-family homes are often pleasantly surprised at how much extra free time they have and how little they have to take care of themselves.

“Our goal is to provide our residents with the best of everything, and that includes exceptional service,” Ward said. “That service even extends to our residents who choose to reside in warmer climates for the winter. They can relax in comfort knowing that their home is being well cared for.”

The Savannah features a wide assortment of expansive single-level condominium residences. The open floor plans range in size from 1,620 to 4,350 square feet of living space, allowing residents to successfully scale down from very large single-family homes and still have plenty of space to entertain family and friends. 

“The homes are adorned with a wide assortment of designer features and appointments, including one or two gas fireplaces with marble surrounds, studies and libraries, Santos mahogany floors, Pella Windows, gourmet kitchens with premium fixtures, cabinets and appliances; and lavish bathrooms with marble and seamless glass showers,” Mr. Ward points out.

The Savannah’s upscale, European-inspired feel is carried out through a French Mansard roof, private Juliette balconies and terraces, limestone facades, oversized windows and a dramatic fountain in a central courtyard.

For more information, please call Elegant Homes Realty in Westfield at 908-233-5900, or visit A fully-furnished model home is available to preview by private appointment.

Published by : George Cahn
George M. Cahn
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