“One of the best parts of this position is the opportunity to meet wonderful people and share their enthusiasm for the new home they are preparing to move into.” Valerie Kane, administrator of the Montabaur Heights senior apartments in Clarence, has had many of these opportunities recently. Kane and her associates have welcomed many people to the Bergtold Road campus during recent open house events.

“We were confident that people would like the comfortable and welcoming atmosphere of the apartments because so much thought and research had gone into the planning process, but it’s been much more than that,” Kane said. “They not only appreciate the layout of the apartments, but are also excited about all the services and amenities that are included in the rent, and, when they learn that there is no entry fee, they’re really pleased.”

There are three plans from which to choose including the one bedroom one bath Bayberry Suite that is 747 square feet, the two bedroom one and a half bath Aster Suite that is 884 square feet, and the two bedroom two bath Wisteria Suite that is 964 square feet. Those who are taking advantage of early leasing can pick from a selection of units with a variety of picturesque views such as the gently rolling lawn, wooded acres, or tree-lined, park-like setting.

Each unit includes a comfortable living room, full kitchen, and either a scenic patio or balcony. The kitchens are furnished with granite-finish countertops, modern cabinetry, a microwave oven, stainless steel stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, and generous food preparation areas. The open concept kitchen and living room invite entertaining. Residents can decorate and furnish the apartments to meet their individual tastes and needs.

Apartments are designed with safety in mind. Grab bars and easy-access showers have been installed in the bathrooms and, like the entire building, all rooms are wheelchair accessible. The walk-in closets are spacious, there is additional storage space, and each apartment has a washer/dryer combination so residents won’t need to tote their laundry outside their apartment.

Incoming resident Pat Herzig said there are so many reasons for becoming a member of the Montabaur Heights community, that it’s a challenge to pick the most important one, but the ability to be near her sister is certainly a priority. “My sister and I have always been close and have always lived near one another,” she said. “When she needed skilled care, it became more difficult to visit her as often as I wanted to, especially in poor weather. When I heard that the Brothers of Mercy were building apartments near the skilled nursing center, I knew I wanted to look into it.”

Herzig was pleased to learn that convenient transportation will be available as well as free housekeeping, on-call maintenance, linen service, concierge services, and 24-hour security and emergency response systems. The services are all included in the monthly rent.

“I was impressed with the building and the apartment,” she said. “I’m looking forward to enjoying a place that’s comfortable, and participating in the programs and activities; I enjoy socializing. I also like knowing that just about anything I need will be available; I really won’t have to leave the building!”

Montabaur Heights boasts of its own movie theatre, fitness center, community room for entertainment and events, bistro, bar, gift shop, billiard lounge, therapeutic spa, beauty/barber shop, and even a small grocery store. Residents can enjoy breakfast and either lunch or dinner prepared by a chef and served restaurant style in the gracious dining room. The meals, cable television, wireless Internet service, and utilities (water, gas, and electric) are included in the rent.

“Many of the people who have already reserved their apartment say that the opportunity to spend time with friends and neighbors without facing Western New York’s changeable weather is high on their list of reasons why they chose Montabaur Heights,” Kane said. “They like the feeling of community and knowing that friends are just a short interior walk away.” Those who enjoy the outdoors can take advantage of the paved walkways, stroll across the campus, or visit the nearby Tillman Wildlife Management Area.

Although there will be numerous opportunities for social interaction and group participation, there will also be ample opportunities for solitude. “Our contractors built the apartments with high-tech sound-reducing materials to minimize noise and maximize comfort,” Kane said, “and each unit has individual controls for heating and air conditioning so residents can create an atmosphere that is most comfortable for them.”

Comfort was important to Dave and Madeleine Loewer, but more important was the Brothers of Mercy reputation for excellence. “We’re long-time Clarence residents, and we’re very loyal to the Brothers of Mercy,” Loewer said. “My wife and several of our friends have gone to the Brothers of Mercy for therapy; it’s the best.”

The availability of healthcare services is important to the couple. “If anything ever happened to me, I’d want to go there, so, when we first heard about the brothers building an apartment complex and as it became harder to take care of our house, it was the first place we thought of,” he said. Loewer also appreciates knowing that, should a resident ever need a higher level of care, the Brothers of Mercy campus offers supportive care, sub-acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, and Hospice care. Residents of Montabaur Heights are offered priority access.

“We also like knowing that the building includes a chapel and mass will be celebrated there,” he said. Like many other residents, their faith is an important of the Loewers’ lives and it’s a core value on the Brothers of Mercy campus.

“We’re set to move in as soon as the apartment is ready,” Loewer said. “We’re looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and becoming reacquainted with friends who will also be moving in.”

The beautiful Montabaur Heights apartments are scheduled to open in early December. Tours of the building and the model apartment may be scheduled by calling Valerie Kane at (716) 240-RENT (7368) or visit MontabaurHeights.com.