The Golden Residents Club Welcomes Dorothy Jean Jones

Garden Communities continues to honor long-time residents with one year of rent-free living. In August 2020, Garden Communities established an appreciation program for their most loyal residents in the form of The Golden Residents Club. This exclusive club recognizes residents who have lived in one of their apartment communities for 50 years or more, becoming a backbone of the community and acknowledging their long-term tenure with Garden Communities’ dedicated staff members.  

The latest inductee is Dorothy Jean Jones from Princeton Gardens, who was recently awarded a year of rent-free living, courtesy of Garden Communities. Reverend Doctor Dorothy Jean Jones is the first to receive this honor at this property and is, in her own words, “floating on cloud nine.” 

Years of Joyous Living

Photo of Dorothy Jean Jones

Dorothy Jean spent part of her youth growing up in Brooklyn, New York, but she knew she wasn’t a city person. She and her brother would spend time at her aunt’s home in New Jersey over the summer, and returning to the city was, for her, unpleasant. A short while later, her family moved out to Somerville, NJ, and she was overjoyed- space to ride bikes, parks to play in, a strong community, and church right next door. But as she grew to a young woman, she wanted the freedom and responsibility of her own home.  

In 1971, a young Dorothy Jean moved out of her parents’ Somerville, NJ home and into her own apartment at Princeton Gardens in Piscataway, NJ. She fondly recalls having her entire family over after Christmas dinner that very year to show off her new home. It was a step towards maturity and growth – learning how to budget her finances, being responsible for her own furniture and food, etc. She worked for Johnson & Johnson for ten years and then went on to Telcordia Technologies, now known as iconectiv, for over 20 years, from where she retired to spend more time focusing on her education, her faith, and her extended family.

Faith and Love

Dorothy Jean has worked with and for several churches in the Middlesex County area. She is currently with Morning Star Community Christian Center. Residing in Princeton Gardens has further developed the strength of community within Dorothy, and she is proud to call it home for the last 50 years. “My life has been rich,” says Dorothy Jean Jones, “I’ve been blessed in so many ways.” She plans to live to be 100 and spend more time helping the community and the faithful along the way.  

Golden Residents

“Developing this program means so much to us here at Garden Communities,” states Steven Lefkowitz, Controller at Garden Communities. “Being a family-centric business and in operation since 1954, legacy is important to us. That is exactly what our Golden Residents are — a legacy in their own right, and a legacy of our Garden Communities’ properties”.  

Dorothy Jean Jones is one of several Golden Residents and is the first at Princeton Gardens in Piscataway, NJ. As we grow and expand, we hope more people join the Golden Residents Club soon and into the future, as our residents are our legacy. We love our Golden Residents!  

New Construction Coming Soon! 

While Garden Communities celebrates and cherishes their long-term Golden Residents, they continue to build, attract, and add value to their residential pipeline to welcome new residents to the residential portfolio. In addition to Dorothy Jean’s home, Princeton Gardens, Middlesex County is home to several more Garden Communities developments.

Middlesex County 

The Frederick

Leasing has commenced at The Frederick, a brand-new boutique rental community with luxurious one- and two-bedroom residences located in desirable Highland Park, NJ. Many homes offer private outdoor spaces, and residents will enjoy an entire stylish floor of dedicated amenities spaces. The apartment layouts are spacious, with open gourmet kitchens, generously proportioned rooms, ample storage, and oversized windows. An excellent destination to call home for anyone working at one of the many thriving corporate centers or commuting to Manhattan or nearby Rutgers University. In addition, the Frederick is located moments away from the New Brunswick train station, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.     

Somerset County 

The Enclave at Dewy Meadows

In Somerset County, the leasing office is open at The Enclave at Dewy Meadows, located off King George Road in Bernard’s Township. The Enclave at Dewy Meadows offers a selection of one, two, and three-bedroom apartment homes and loft spaces. The residences are anchored by fabulous local cafes, delicious restaurants, and retail shops. In addition, a modern clubhouse, yoga room, business center, an outdoor pool, children’s playground, and dog washing station are coming soon.  

Hunterdon County 

The Residences at Raritan Town Square

In Hunterdon County, the residential component located inside a popular and expanding mixed-use development recently launched leasing at The Residences at Raritan Town Square, located in Flemington, NJ. Modern, bright, and spacious one and two-bedrooms are renting at an accelerated pace. The rental residences live in the heart of a vibrant town center that offers the residents an array of shops and personal services conveniently located outside their front door. Residents also enjoy a community room and fitness center.   

Union County 

Woodcrest at Berkeley Heights

In Union County, Garden Communities launched leasing at Woodcrest at Berkeley Heights is the newest 55+ adult community. The apartments feature sizable one- and two-bedroom apartments with 9’ceilings. Residents will love working out in the sunny and bright fitness center and attending social events in the many attractive community spaces inside the clubhouse.  

Bergen County 

In Bergen County, in the first quarter of 2022, Garden Communities will commence leasing at The Jefferson, located near the posh Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, NJ, and near the New Bridge Landing train station on the Pascack Valley line. The Jefferson will provide each resident with thoughtfully designed residences, unparalleled amenities, and unprecedented lifestyle services. The Jefferson is a luxurious rental building for all seasons designed by the award-winning architectural firm of Minno Wasko.  

About Garden Communities 

Princeton Gardens, home to Dorothy Jean Jones

Garden Communities was established in 1954 and has been offering a wide variety of rental apartments throughout the country ever since. They pride themselves on their ability to continually expand, providing new communities in needed locales while constantly improving existing properties. They manage communities throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. For more information, please visit: