New Jersey makes a great place to retire, especially if you want to be close to the big apple.

New Jersey is a great place to retire, especially if you want to be close to the Big Apple.

New Jersey is one of the most sought-after retirement destinations in the U.S. And with over 200 active adult communities, it’s also the state with the second most age-restricted communities in the country. The Garden State has become a retirement haven for many active adults thanks to its tax benefits and distinct landscapes. But its central location along the East Coast is also what makes this state attractive.

Empty nesters living in New Jersey have easy commutes to New York, making it convenient for them to visit family and friends as well as all of the entertainment and attractions in the area. Active adults who are still working during their golden years are also just a short drive or train ride away from the city. Here are some communities that make getting to New York City a breeze.

Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club – Woodland Park, NJ

This active adult community is just twelve miles from New York City. With convenient access to major roadways as well as bus and train service, residents enjoy an easy commute into the city. Not only does this gated 55+ community have a prime location offering scenic views of the Manhattan skyline, it also has a lavish 25,000-square-foot clubhouse. Some of the world-class amenities include an indoor pool and spa, fitness center, sports room, ballroom, card room, billiards, and hobby and game room.

Active adults can also stay healthy outdoors by playing on the tennis or bocce courts or swimming a few laps in the pool. And with reasonably priced home designs offered by K. Hovnanian, homebuyers enjoy an ideal and tranquil resort-style environment while being close to all that NYC has to offer.

Wanaque Reserve – Wanaque, NJ

Del Webb’s Wanaque Reserve is a 55+ community located 35 miles north of NYC in beautiful Passaic County, New Jersey. Being situated on the outskirts of New York City allows residents to commute into the vibrant city for shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment options. Wanaque Reserve also features thoughtfully designed, low-maintenance mid-rise condos as well as resort-style amenities.

The Lodge, which is the community’s 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, offers plenty of areas for physical activity and social recreation such as a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, card room, bar, billiards, ballroom, and movie theater as well as tennis and bocce ball courts. Residents also have more than 40 social clubs and activities to choose from, making it easy for neighbors to connect and share hobbies, mingle with others, and stay involved within this active community.

Rossmoor Village – Monroe, NJ

Rossmoor Village is an award-winning active adult community in Middlesex County in New Jersey. This well-established 55+ development resembles a New England Village with old-fashioned street lamps and accents of Old World charm, yet has all the modern amenities and conveniences of today. Rossmoor Village has a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, 18-hole golf course, outdoor pool, fitness center, multiple sports courts, and recreational facilities. In addition to the rich lineup of amenities, this age-restricted community is located just 44 miles from New York City, making it easy for residents to plan day trips for fun activities outside of the Monroe, NJ area.

Four Seasons at Cedar Grove – Cedar Grove, NJ

Four Seasons at Cedar Grove is a 55+ community in Essex County, NJ. This 156-condo development is close to Route 23, I-80, and I-286, and is just 20 miles outside of New York City. When residents aren’t commuting into NYC for entertainment and attractions, Four Seasons at Cedar Grove provides a charming clubhouse that acts as a central hub of physical activity and social recreation. These wonderful amenities cater to the active adult lifestyle by allowing residents to interact with neighbors at the clubhouse or community events. The inviting atmosphere also allows homeowners to participate in fun activities like cards, bocce, billiards, or tennis for a vibrant and social lifestyle.