Crane’s Mill Blog: Living Space

Crane’s Mill History

Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community was built on a plot of land in West Caldwell, New Jersey that holds a rich history. For all you history buffs out there, you can click here to read more about the history of Crane’s Mill. Plus, if you call us at 973-276-6700 or send us an email, we can direct you to the hallway connected the Health Center to Towne Square. There, you’ll find a series of in-depth articles, historical records, photographs, and much more, all chronicling the proud history of this wonderful community that our residents now call home. …Read More »


About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting. What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more …Read More »




Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.” Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups. At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so …Read More »


April is National Garden Month – Join Us in Celebrating!

Residents of Crane’s Mill, an Essex County Retirement Community, enjoy gardening as a fun spring activity. April is National Garden Month Although today may mark “April Fools’ Day,” we’re not joking when we tell you that that April is National Garden month. Considering we’re in the Garden State, and that our residents enjoy gardening, how can we not celebrate this colorful month! In the colder weather, all sorts of plants and flowers can be seen in our campus greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the ground thaws, and the days grow longer, you’ll begin to see many different gardens sprouting up all …Read More »


The First Color TV Was Manufactured 55 Years Ago Today!

March 25 … a colorful day in history! On this date in 1954, RCA manufactured the first color television set. The price? $1,000–about the same price as a Chevrolet! 55 years later, you can watch hundreds of channels, stream movies and series, and of course, watch our latest commercial … all in full color 🙂 …Read More »


The Essex – One Bedroom with Den – Now Available

We are excited to feature The Essex, a one bedroom with den senior living apartment—currently available for immediate occupancy at Crane’s Mill. Are you ready to take the next step towards a carefree retirement lifestyle? Visit Crane’s Mill and view The Essex—it’s a unique floor plan featuring one bedroom, a cozy den, two full baths, a living/dining room, full kitchen, laundry, and a wonderful screened-in porch. It comes fully stacked with modern appliances, brand new flooring, cabinets, and countertops. Upon becoming a resident, our maintenance team will help hang your pictures, mirrors, and more exactly where and how you desire. Like all …Read More »


Did You Know? The Crane’s Mill Campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s more on that certification, and what it means to our residents. We are proud to share that Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. We have signs posted on our campus that read: “This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat.” To be classified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Crane’s mill campus has to continually provide the four basic basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to …Read More »


The Morris – Two Bedroom with Den – Now Available

Join us for a tour of the “Morris” two bedroom deluxe apartment! Just last week we snapped a few photos of one of our “Morris” apartment homes to share with visitors to our site. One of 21 available floor plans, the Morris is located in our Sycamore building and is just steps from Towne Square. The 1,111 square foot apartment features two large bedrooms complete with two walk-in closets, two full baths, an open living/dining space, well-appointed kitchen and more. Like all Crane’s Mill homes, the Morris boasts a private, screened-in porch and outdoor storage area along with an in-unit washer …Read More »