EASTON — Londonderry on the Tred Avon hosted the grand opening of its new clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18.

Attendees had the opportunity to sample what the clubhouse has to feature by enjoying food, dancing to music by the Blues DeVille Band and posing for pictures at the photo booth. There are 180 residents at Londonderry.

The 5,000-square-foot space features a fitness center, salon, large multipurpose room, catering kitchen, meeting room, yoga studio and overlook tower. The sales and marketing office also has moved into the new space.

“We really have doubled in size for the past four years. We just outgrew our space and we also needed to upgrade,” said Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO Irma Toce. “I invite the public to come down and see how wonderful it is and how wonderful the people are, and the great atmosphere it brings.”

The new clubhouse was designed by Easton architecture firm Atelier 11. Willow Construction built the clubhouse as a one-story structure, but it has been designed to hold a second floor for future planning. The design also features a tower as its focal point, tying the new structure into the existing landscape by mirroring a windmill near the water at Londonderry.

Nancy Latham, who has been a resident of Londonderry for almost 10 years, said she was happy to finally see a place that could give her leisure away from home.

“I like it very much, because it was very badly needed,” Latham said. “I’m going to have to come here more often to get a pedicure and my hair shampooed. I am very happy living here, and Londonderry is a wonderful place to live — it really is. I advise anybody to come here, because it is laidback and friendly.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is a residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1,500 feet of waterfront shoreline. The property originally was part of a 600-acre land grant known as Westmoreland, which was granted to Irish Quaker immigrant Francis Armstrong in 1667.

A portion of the land grant was sold to Talbot County, upon which the first Talbot County Court House was built. As the property changed hands during the next 100 years, it became known as London Derry and eventually Londonderry, as it is called today.

For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

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