Crane’s Mill Blog: Living Space



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 »


Join Us for An “Apartment Spotlight” – Thursday, July 26th

For one day only, Crane’s Mill is shining the spotlight on some of its most desirable independent senior living apartments. You’re invited to tour three distinct, move-in ready homes and have your questions answered at this special event. We have a limited number of completely renovated apartment homes. Each one is available for immediate occupancy or to customize to your specific wants and needs, providing everything you desire in a brand-new space with the warmth and comfort of home. Thursday, July 26 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon RSVP today! Call 973-298-4060 or click here to send an email. …Read More »


History of The Caldwells

We stumbled upon the fine website of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, which features this incredible page of history on The Caldwells. You can visit the page by clicking here. Among our favorite photos include Bloomfield Avenue, The Monomonock Inn, and of course the Crane House. The “Denver of the East” never looked so good! These fantastic photos got us thinking about the history of our own property. Crane’s Mill was originally built by Caleb Hatfield in the 1780s. The land and mill were purchased by Samuel Crane, and the mill was run by his family. Four of Crane’s grandsons (Nathaniel, Moses, Zenas, and …Read More »