The Club at Briarcliff Manor Senior Living Community Opens

Real Estate In-Depth | December 2019

Club at Briarcliff Manor

BRIARCLIFF MANOR—The Club at Briarcliff Manor recently welcomed its first residents to the new senior living community that features assisted living and independent living apartments and memory care.

Set atop a scenic wooded site with panoramic views of the Hudson River and once home to the iconic Briarcliff Lodge, The Club at Briarcliff Manor features a mix of 87 assisted living, 167 independent living, and 33 memory care apartments in two interconnected Tudor-style buildings.

“The Club at Briarcliff Manor is setting a new standard of excellence in senior living in the New York Metro area. We are very pleased at the tremendous response we have received from residents throughout the area,” said John Muzio, executive director The Club at Briarcliff Manor. “We are so excited to remake history and open our doors to this community. Our vision for this property has been realized so beautifully,” he added.

The Club at Briarcliff Manor is developed by Senior Lifestyle Corp., a Chicago-based leader in senior care that owns, operates and develops seniors housing communities throughout the United States.

The Club recently received from the New York State Department of Health an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence License. Assisted Living communities with an EALR can serve people who exceed the normal standards of adult homes, enriched housing, or normal assisted living. It allows residents to “age in place.” EALRs can hire licensed nurses to provide and supervise care.

Residents at The Club can choose from one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den and two-bedroom apartments, which is an exceptional offering compared to other senior housing communities in Westchester County offering studios under 500 square feet. The well-appointed and spacious apartments at The Club range from 605 square feet to 1,040 square feet. All apartments feature granite counters, walk-in closets, ceramic tiled baths with walk-in showers, individually controlled heating and air conditioning and spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Monthly rents start at $7,350.

Residents have access to valet parking, fitness center, several gourmet dining venues and upscale amenities.

Residents in the Memory Care neighborhood who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s receive The Club’s award-winning programming and care in a safe environment tailored to their personal needs, Club officials noted.

The Club offers an  array of first-class amenities. The elegant lobby harkens back to the historical Briarcliff Lodge with transitional details that reference the Tudor architecture. A 24-hour concierge welcomes residents, visitors and staff, setting the tone for luxury senior living. From the lobby area your attention is drawn to the Club Room with its soaring double height space and expansive windows overlooking the terrace and landscape. A fireplace and music from the baby grand piano make the residents and their guests feel at home.

The facility features multiple distinctive dining venues with gourmet fare provided by a world-class chef. The main dining areas can accommodate individuals, small parties or large groups of 8 to 10 people. The dining rooms offer discrete areas for more intimate settings within the larger room. For a more casual dining experience, there’s Rockefeller’s Bistro adjacent to the main dining room. The Carnegie Room near the Bistro and lobby is a quieter place for reading and socializing. It has a juice/coffee bar that is open all day. For light dining and cocktails there is the Hudson Lounge which overlooks the main terrace. Special events can be serviced by the bar or from the main kitchen.

The complex also boasts a creative art studio, game room; fitness center and rehabilitation gym; planned social activities; 25-seat cinema with tiered seating; beauty salon and barbershop; valet parking, outdoor patios; healing garden, fireside patio, terraces, courtyard and walking paths along the pastoral grounds designed by The Olmsted Brothers, sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Olmsted who co-designed Central Park. A top floor observation area known as The View offers stunning panoramic vistas of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. The Club is also pet friendly.

The 59-acre property on Scarborough Road is rich in history that dates back to the early 19th century. Originally known as Briarcliff Farm, the property was acquired in 1890 by Walter William Law, a retired businessman who transformed the property into a successful dairy farm and later as the Briarcliff Lodge. In the 1920s, the Briarcliff Lodge enjoyed its heyday entertaining the rich and famous including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Johnny Weissmuller, Tallulah Bankhead and Babe Ruth to name a few. In recognition of the property’s rich history, The Club at Briarcliff Manor features vintage photographs of the Briarcliff Lodge displayed throughout the building.

The Club achieved Gold Level Certification under the Home Innovation program of the NGBS –National Green Building Standard. On the lower portion of the property, a soccer field was constructed by The Club for the village’s recreational use.