ABOUT the spinney at van dyke

As time passes, the realities of aging expose the downsides of home ownership and creates pressure to move. But where to? For many reasons – sentimentality, resistance to change, a lack of better options – people continue living in homes that no longer suit them. The solution is the Spinney.

Designed for “55 and Better” residents who are active and independent, Spinney communities are truly “Home to a New Generation.” Cottages at a Spinney offer accessible single-story construction with all the comforts of home and none of the burdens. Charming streetscapes and Craftsman-style architecture lend a neighborhood feel, while features including attached garages, patios and decks make you feel right at home.

But life at the Spinney is about more than a great home; it’s about the bonds that are formed in the community and a vibrant atmosphere that permeates our Clubhouse and abundant amenities. It’s also about convenience and smart personal finances since several amenities are included, from maintenance, cable TV/internet, snow removal, trash removal, landscaping, and more. The "Smart Money” is moving to the Spinney!

Whether you’re stuck in a too-big old home or in a not-quite-right apartment, our caring staff will be by your side to help you and your family navigate the complicated and sometimes challenging process of “right-sizing” your life.

The Spinney at Van Dyke features Craftsman-style cottages in a variety of one and two-bedroom floor plans, with single and two-story units available. Residences at The Spinney at Van Dyke have been built to universal design specifications for ease of access at any mobility level, and feature the following amenities:

  • Layouts ranging from 700 to 1,450 square feet
  • Private driveways
  • Private attached garage with remote entry
  • Private front porch and rear patio
  • Energy-Star certified appliances
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Granite countertops
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave with range hood
  • Washer and dryer
  • Window seats
  • High-end finishes

Note: Some individual features will vary depending on unit layout.

Since we know that pets are members of your family too, our community is also proud to be pet friendly! We permit 2 pets per cottage, but size and breed restrictions may apply. Please contact the Leasing Office for more information.

The Spinney at Van Dyke features a private, natural setting with outstanding active choices, including a pool, on-site walking paths, designated gardening plots for green thumbs, and the close-by Van Dyke Preserve. Running, jogging, biking, skiing and hiking trails abound in the community and surrounding countryside.

Located only minutes away from business, government and area shopping centers, The Spinney at Van Dyke also provides the benefits of easy access to points in the larger Capital District and beyond by the Delmar Bypass or the New York State Thruway. A CDTA “Park and Ride” right around the corner offers the convenience of public transportation, allowing residents to go from a quiet suburban corner to all the major points of the Capital District in about fifteen minutes.

Outdoor Spaces

Private Pool

Community Garden

Walking Trails

The Spinney at Van Dyke is a proud member of Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce. The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce serves the businesses of Bethlehem as well as the wider community. To learn more about members of our Chamber of Commerce and to support businesses within our community, please click here.

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resident STORIES

“After having lived in an 8-room house for 52 years, it was time to downsize. I checked out many facilities in the Albany are and found a lovely apartment at The Spinney, I have remarkable neighbors who come to the rescue when needed. No more shoveling snow or mowing. Maintenance is handy to help with problems, and needless to say, I LOVE it here.” - Dolores T.
"As a wheelchair-bound resident, the fact that there are no steps, no carpeting in the living area and wider doors makes mobility easier." - Diana W.
"The Spinney is my home.  I chose to live here in 2016 because of the cottage appeal, 55 years and up and all-inclusive fees.  Now, after living here for 2 years, I can honestly say I made a great choice.  It truly is my home and now with the Clubhouse and its activities, the attitude and helpfulness of owners and great staff and friendships made with residents, my senior years are happy years." - Joan J.
"After making the decision to sell our home of 30 years in Glenmont, we began to search for an apartment that would give us the space we needed and a “home-like” feeling. We literally went to every available complex and found that there was nothing that even came close to what you offer here.  The cottages are roomy with loads of storage and closets. The energy efficient appliances and the granite counters are beautiful, and the yard and deck space are just enough to enjoy - especially when you don't have to maintain them! The Spinney Group has accomplished what we didn't think was possible - they provide high quality, affordable living spaces with a homey atmosphere in a community that is welcoming, friendly and active." - Dan and Connie H.
"When I looked at The Spinney, I immediately fell in love with everything here. The grounds, the cottages, the friendliness of the staff. The residents are very friendly and I enjoy watching them walking their dogs, waving or stopping to tell me they love my flowers. I love listening to the frogs, watching the deer and seeing so many different birds. We celebrate birthdays every month, go to lunches, play cards and games with friends several times a week, and go to exercise classes in our new Clubhouse. The pool area is beautiful - looking forward to many good times there. I feel very safe living here and The Spinney at Van Dyke is now my forever home."
- Pam C.
"The word that captures living at The Spinney is "easy". After decades of home ownership, the first big snowstorm of winter left us practically giddy - plowing of driveways and sidewalks right up to our front door swiftly accomplished by friendly maintenance staff. On the couple of occasions we've needed a repair, staff were dispatched within 20 minutes - even after hours.  Management is accessible, flexible and responsive. The location is quiet, with no through streets or bustle, yet walking distance from Delmar Town Center (with sidewalks to boot). Ease of access to shopping, doctors and dentists, first-rate library and YMCA contrasts dramatically with our previous home's rural isolation. The Spinney is a genuine neighborhood - folks get to know each other, enjoying ample opportunities to socialize and join in activities at the Clubhouse. Living is easy and we love it."
- Anonymous
We look forward to our daily walks with our dog on the trails around the Spinney and the beautiful preserve just down the road. The opportunity to grow flowers on my porch and vegetables in the community garden is wonderful. It is great to get together with neighbors for movies, concerts, food trucks and varied activities. Most of all we appreciate the kind and hard-working staff who make our life here enjoyable. – Lynn & Bruce B.
I have found the lifestyle here to be very enjoyable. There is a wide variety of opportunities from exercise to cozy chats by the fireplace. We have music, movies, author talks, dinners, parties, charity events, cooking events, art events, gardening, swimming, and for you foodies’ food trucks and food delivery. Also, Courtney is very open to suggestions, so it is a very relaxed, fun atmosphere. Thanks so much – Chris R.
The array of activity choices is so chock full. The community garden, the swimming pools, chair yoga, the gym, billiards, and movies. There is always something on the calendar that catches my interest. And, the clubhouse is only a 3 minute walk away. – Terri L.
The Lifestyle program at The Spinney at Van Dyke offers a variety of clubs and activities. After 80 years of living, I’ve learned that the more you give, the more you get out. I teach a group of students of bridge. For me, it is not “giving”. It is a pleasure getting to make new friends. – Elizabeth F.
I’m happy to call the Spinney home! I’ve been here over 2 years and have enjoyed meeting people and making new friends. It’s been fun participating in the various events like the birthday bashes, holiday parties, bingo, movies, exercise classes just to name a few. I like when we have info sessions on health topics and enjoy when we have an author talk. And having the gym and the pool is definitely a plus along with the gardens. And I’m glad we have an events director who cares so much about the residents and listens to their suggestions. She always goes above and beyond. And the staff has been great. And I appreciate that any maintenance issues that I have had were handled promptly.
I also love the location and the look of the cottages. I’m very happy at the Spinney! – Janet F.
What I like about the Spinney is a quiet walk in the countryside, live concerts at the fireside or from the gazebo on the lawn, numerous games and parties in the clubhouse often with food truck sources - and even piano and bridge lessons and book readings. The Spinney is a welcoming place with friendly neighbors for the 55+ crowd (which is often well over 55). – Larry W.
I love the Spinney and everything it has to offer! I have lived here for three years and have made some wonderful friends that I met by going to activities the Spinney has to offer. We have a great activity director and the many activities include lunches, dinners, movies, birthday and holiday parties, crafts, concerts, exercise classes, informational seminars, bingo, book club, book authors, pool, gardening and many more. Love, Love, Love!! – Charlene D.
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