TICONDEROGA - Tucked away in the Lord Howe Valley, there is a vibrant senior citizen community.
Lord Howe Estates is home to 40 residents.
"Lord Howe Estates is the best-kept secret in Ticonderoga," said Rich Gordon. "Most people don't know where we are or what we're all about."
Lord Howe Estates is located behind Moses-Ludington Hospital. It is owned by Inter-Lakes Health, which owns the hospital, and is managed by CRM Rental management, Inc. Gordon is the CRM regional property manager.
The facility has 40 units, all individual apartments for independent senior citizens who meet income guidelines. It also has a community center and a regular schedule of events and activities.
"I like it here very much," said Millie Michner, who has lived at Lord Howe Estates the past 13 years. "All the people are very nice. I have a great apartment and I don't have to worry about a thing. If I need something I just call and it's taken care of."
Michner is 90 years old. A native of Norwich, she lived many years in Port Henry before moving to Lord Howe Estates.
"I'll never leave," Michner said her home. "I love it here."
Gordon said his company works hard to make Lord Howe Estates a comfortable home for seniors, but it's the residents who make it a community.
"We have a great group of tenants," he said. "They all look out for each other. They're all friends."
Lord Howe Estates opened in 1984, but the facility has been renovated the past year. Each unit has new windows, new vinyl siding and new doors. United have also received new carpet and new appliances as needed.
"The whole concept of affordable housing can be jaded," Gordon said. "People think of the absolute minimum. That's not the case here. We're very proud of this property and what we've done recently."