Sterling Estates

Gourmet Living + First-Rate Fare - Sterling Estates

We just heard that Sterling Estates was awarded “Best Retirement Community” as well as “Best Assisted Living Community” by readers of MDJ and Cobb Life in the 2019-2020 ‘Best of Cobb’ recognitions. 

FINE DINING IS ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST PLEASURES, and as Steve Martin, the great comedian once said, “The older I get the more important every meal becomes.” The staff at each Sterling Estates community knows how important it is for them to serve great tasting meals, while at the same time provide a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere conducive to engaging conversations among fellow residents ensuring pleasurable dining experiences every day.

“It’s very rewarding for me to have the freedom to create interesting and inspiring dishes that also meet our residents’ nutritional and dietary needs,” Chef Ismael Gonzales (East Cobb) explained. We learned that the nutritional benefits he was talking about included increased mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems.


The superior quality of the food was first known only to residents, their friends and families; but today most of us in the greater Marietta area and Cobb County are aware, as two of the last three years Sterling Estates has won first place in the esteemed “Taste of East Cobb” competitions, eclipsing many favorite, local restaurants.

When developing the award-winning communities, the local partners gave a lot of time and consideration to not only serving chef-driven, nutritional food, but also to deliberately creating a ‘dining experience’ for the residents. They envisioned friendly and relaxed dining areas arranged to encourage socializing among the residents. This included interior design and furnishings in the dining areas which would ensure residents could enjoy this “dining experience” everyday, with every meal - not just on special occasions and holidays.

Within the West Cobb community, residents may choose between the main dining rooms and The Sterling Grill, which is a 55-seat casual bistro featuring an open grill and meals cooked to order within view. This June, the community will open the doors to a new clubhouse, The Club, which will feature indoor and outdoor patio dining areas, as well as a full-service pub. 

For two of the last three years Sterling Estates of East Cobb has won first place in the esteemed “Taste of East Cobb” competition, eclipsing many local, favorite restaurants.

Holiday and seasonally themed dinners are lively and well-attended, Executive Director (East Cobb) Ann White said and smiled. “Our residents can ‘party with the best of them’. A community favorite dining and themed event is an annual fashion show involving local retailers. We also plan elegant tea parties for the women, steak nights for the men, as well as musical performances often during lunches and dinners.”

Both communities present “Chef Chat” each month, which provides an opportunity for residents to speak directly with the chefs and to communicate dining preferences. Chef Michael Payne (West Cobb) pointed out, “Before moving into the community, our residents had been accustomed to dining well, so “Chef Chat” is always an enlightening time for me because I learn what does and doesn’t taste good to them. Our mission includes satisfying their taste buds, so “Chef Chat” helps us fine-tune our dishes and continue to please our residents’ palates.”

It seems like the folks at Sterling Estates Senior Living Communities follow the mantra, “Great food is one of life’s greatest pleasures”.

Hospitality Comes Full Circle - Sterling Estates

Senior Profile: Bob & Lynn Patton

Bob and Lynn Patton traded life in a busy New York City suburb for what they describe as “paradise,” when they purchased Pine Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast, located on a century old 300-acre working farm and hillside in Historic Milford, Pennsylvania. The property included a farmhouse, carriage house, waterfall, old logging paths, breathtaking views of three states and the Delaware River Valley, and an expansive backdrop of the Kittatinny Mountains.

Lynn told us, “There’s something about running a B&B that calls for an extra level of care: the ability to really connect with your guests, patience to do things right the first time, making sure your guests’ needs are met, and being readily accessible to them. And, that’s what we did!”

There was a true sense of serenity on that farm for all who came to visit, and the Pattons made an extra special effort to please guests’ palates by preparing unique dishes with fresh, local ingredients. For example, their “Eggs McLynn” was made with brandied peaches from the property and homemade bread from the kitchen. Dining at Pine Hill Farm was as it should be: a shared, communal experience with meals served in a setting which encouraged socialization.

When grandchildren came along, Bob and Lynn decided it was time to move south to be closer to their family. Finding a new home to replace what they were leaving behind was a challenge; but they found it at Sterling Estates of West Cobb, discovering the same level of attention to detail and care they had always offered their own guests in Milford. Choosing an independent cottage has allowed them to stay active with their grandchildren, family and friends, without the responsibilities of home ownership and maintenance.

Lynn is especially impressed with the dining options and tells us, “While our cottage has a complete kitchen, we regularly dine at The Sterling Grill, a casual bistro on site with an open grill and meals cooked to order right in front of you. It’s like a country club or B&B dining experience.” In June, the new Sterling clubhouse, The Club, will open with indoor and outdoor patio dining.

Lynn sums things up saying, “Sterling is ‘home’ for us now, and our Sterling ‘innkeepers’ provide Bob and me the same gracious living and lifestyle we used to give our own guests in Milford, and we are so grateful. It is like ‘coming full circle.”

Today, Bob courageously battles Alzheimer’s with Lynn’s strong support. The Patton family is participating in Atlanta’s 2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s this Fall to honor Bob. Sterling Estates is joining in with its own walking team, as well. To participate, call (770) 255-7000.