A sunrise across the wetlands near Great Bay Avenue in Tuckerton, New Jersey

Residents love Leisure Village and enjoy living in New Jersey's Ocean County.

Called the “best-kept secret in NJ” by one happy resident, Leisure Village is beloved by its homeowners for many good reasons. Not only is it surprisingly affordable for this part of the country, but this retirement community also offers comfortable, low-maintenance living in a highly desirable zip code.

Here are four reasons why residents love Leisure Village so much.

1. Great Value for the Money

Leisure Village’s attached homes are priced from below $100k to the high $100s. There are 2,433 resale attached homes at this established, gated property, with 10 different floor plans. These offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, sunroom porches, and one-car garages. Many have been renovated, and offer options like granite countertops, updated appliances, engineered wood flooring, and new heating and air conditioning systems.

There's a reasonable homeowners’ association (HOA) fee that covers landscaping, snow removal, common area maintenance, and use of the community’s incredible amenities. The HOA costs are well worth the conveniences and perks they provide for everyday living.

2. On-Site Amenities and Activities

A long wooden fishing pier in Bayshore Waterfront Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey

The property also has plenty of open space with lakes, walking trails, and picnic areas.

One of the biggest draws at Leisure Village is its well-maintained, pitch and putt 9-hole golf course. The property also has plenty of open space with lakes, walking trails, and picnic areas. There are two community clubhouses as well: Dorchester Hall and Buckingham Hall.

Dorchester Hall has its own fitness center, art room, computer room, and library, plus an outdoor pool. Residents also make good use of the bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and shuffleboard courts. Buckingham features another fitness center and library, plus an aerobics studio, a hobby and game room, and a ceramics studio. There is a second outdoor pool here too, plus more bocce ball, horseshoe pits, and shuffleboard for residents to enjoy.

Both clubhouses and their facilities serve as meeting points for many of Leisure Village’s dynamic classes, clubs, and other activities. Performers participate in the Bare Bones Theater Show Timers and the Village Players Theater Group; volunteers meet with the Civic Betterment Association or the Friends of the Foundation; sports enthusiasts like taking yoga classes and the golf clubs; the list goes on and on. There really is a club or activity for every interest at Leisure Village.

3. A Convenient Location

Leisure Village is close to a Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Trader Joe’s, a Walmart Supercenter, two Targets, pharmacies, Petco, Petsmart, and countless beauty salons. Some of the most popular area restaurants include The Turning Point, Via Roma, and Capra’s. You certainly won’t need to drive far to run your errands or grab a bite to eat.

New homeowners will also be glad to know that excellent medical care is available in the Lakewood area, starting with Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center in nearby Brick Township. Other top providers include Fresnius Medical Care and Monmouth Medical Center. The closest international airport is Newark Liberty (56 miles), and JFK International is about 81 miles to the north. This must-see active adult neighborhood is also close to Route 70, Route 9, and the Garden State Parkway, so getting to the beach, airport, and other popular destinations is a piece of cake.

4. Living the Life in Ocean County

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Some of the regional beaches are on Barnegat Bay, while others meet up with the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking of beaches, some of the closest ones to Lakewood are Point Pleasant, Windward Beach Park, and Shelter Cove Park. That last one is in Toms River, which has a great downtown area with well-reviewed shops and restaurants. Keep in mind that some of the regional beaches are on Barnegat Bay, while others meet up with the Atlantic Ocean.

Other nearby outdoor recreation spots include Lake Shenandoah County Park and Ocean County Park. Or if you want to take your grandchildren on a fun day trip, try heading to Jenkinson’s Aquarium or one of the many boardwalks along the beaches. And if you want to check out some other golf courses, head out to Eagle Ridge or Four Seasons Golf Course.

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