Valentine's drive-thru offers preview of Briarcliffe Preserve

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The woods off Old Pocasset Road in Johnston have never before looked so inviting as they do today.

There’s an ongoing construction project that, once completed this spring, will feature The Preserve at Briarcliffe, which will be the home of Johnston’s most unique residential development in recent history.

“We have spent the last decade dreaming about this project and are incredibly excited to be able to add The Preserve to our campus,” Akshay Talwar, Briarcliffe’s president and CEO, told the Sun Rise. “We really believe that, like our other offerings, The Preserve will be in a league of its own and comparable to none.”

The Preserve at Briarcliffe will be an ultra-modern and active, supportive, independent assisted living community, blending the care and compassion for which Talwar’s ever-expanding campus is known with the modern elegance of 66 luxury private residences.

For example, Talwar related that residents will enjoy beautiful indoor and outdoor living spaces along with amenities, concierge and personal care services, creating the perfect lifestyle.

Last week’s “Share the Love” drive-thru event offered people a taste of the special hospitality residents will enjoy while living in the extraordinary, well-designed development that is under the construction expertise of the nationally famous DF Pray Company, which has projects throughout the country.

One-by-one, cars pulled up to the front entrance and were graciously greeted by Talwar, marketing director Stefany Reed and sales director Jen Burns, who thanked people for coming and handed each guest a Valentine’s favor bag that contained hand-dipped, chocolate covered strawberries made at Briarcliffe, a personal size bottle of Prosecco and other amenities.

Everyone from Jenny Miller, who owns Senior Care Concepts in Warwick, to Our Lady of Grace Pastor Peter J. Gower and Monsignor David G. LiPuma visiting from New York, marveled at what looks like a luxury hotel. They were seemingly overwhelmed when learning that The Preserve features Benjamin’s Restaurant-style dining, Jack’s Hideaway Bistro, Gracie’s Private Dining Room, and a library, along with a media center and exercise/fitness center.

“Our valued residents will also have The Preserve Salon and Barbershop, The Preserve Gathering Place – an expansive clubhouse/lounge like living space opening out to the Terrazzo, and beautifully-landscape grounds,” Burns explained. “We will also have state-of-the-art emergency call systems and secure mail and a package delivery center.”

Moreover, as Talwar explained: “The spaces within the Preserve are light and airy with a home-like environment, and The Preserve was designed to feel just right … not too big, not to small, and personalized to meet the discerning standards of those who will soon call The Preserve home.”

The Preserve is constructed in such a manner that climate issues will not be a problem and the back generator is big enough to power the entire building for approximately seven days, considerably more than the standards require.

Also, there will be two large elevators for access to the 44 second-floor apartments, and the second elevator was added for peace of mind and safety. There will be barrier-free showers in every bathroom for ease of access and emergency pull stations in the apartments, as well as individual heating and air conditioning controls in each apartment.

Residents won’t have long walks to the bistro, dining and other areas. There will be plenty of access to the outdoors and most ground floor apartments will come with individual patios and The Preserve will feature wide corridors, extra-large windows and high ceilings designed to bring an abundance of natural light and create a light and airy feeling.

The Preserve will also offer Yoga and Tai Chi classes, and as Reed suggested, “imagine waking up and enjoying coffee or tea on the patio followed by breakfast in the dining room overlooking the natural preserve where there is always a variety of wildlife, including deer.”

He added: “Notably missing from a day in a resident’s new life will be the hassles of home ownership, grocery shopping and meal preparation and the loneliness of social isolation. If residents need assistance with laundry, personal care and/or mediation management, The Preserve associates will be on hand to help, just as they’ve been doing for more than 50 years.”

Nisha Talwar, who will serve as executive director at the Preserve, shared her thoughts about the unique residences that are expected to be completed and be open in the late spring.

“All our residences are beautifully designed, wired to meet media needs and incorporate kitchenettes with quartz countertops, microwave and personal-size refrigerator/freezer and deluxe private, accessible bathrooms,” she began. “Our living areas are carpeted; kitchenettes feature vinyl floors and bathrooms are tiled. We feature four complimentary color palettes to harmonize with the beautiful, natural landscape at The Preserve.”

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