As we approach retirement age, there's nothing wrong with affording ourselves a little luxury, but this word can mean different things to different people. For active adults, it could mean a first-floor master suite, having a homeowner’s association to take care of the lawn, or being able to walk to a community fitness center. Having a restaurant right in the development is also highly desirable. Not only is it very easy to get to, it's also a place to spend quality time with friends and family. And the best part: no cleanup.
There are many retirement communities throughout the country with on-site restaurants. Sometimes it’s a casual pub or it's part of the neighborhood golf club. Within the state of Pennsylvania, there are 22 communities that offer restaurant dining. Here are five of our favorites.
Below $100k - High $200s
This downsizing-friendly 55+ community has a lot going for it: 410 resale condos, appealing amenities, and a Bucks County zip code. Centennial Station was completed in 2000, and it has a variety of floor plans ranging from 456 to 1,412 square feet, including comfortable studios and two-bedroom units. Options include granite kitchen counters and upgraded windows, and the reasonable homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for community snow removal, landscaping, and common area maintenance.
There’s an on-site professional center, giving homeowners access to a bank, a hair salon, a dentist, and a restaurant. Centennial’s clubhouse has an indoor pool, tennis courts, an exercise room, plus a catering kitchen and a ballroom. It's also the site for group activities like water aerobics, ceramics class, and dance lessons.
This community is also near Warminster Community Park (it has its own dog park) and a large shopping outlet with a Walmart Supercenter and a Costco. Nearby golf courses include Five Ponds and Spring Mill Country Club.
High $200s - Low $400s
The Lancaster suburb of Lititz is known as the “Coolest Small Town in America,” and it's home to Traditions of America at Lititz. Lancaster County is a favorite region for retirees, who appreciate its scenic farmlands, antique shops, and historic sites.
This gracious 55+ neighborhood is being designed with 329 resale attached and single-family homes alongside a multitude of resort-style amenities. The three attached models range from 1,268 to 2,191 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. There are six single-family models ranging from 1,274 to 3,078 square feet with similar features.
Upgrades include patios and gourmet kitchens, and the HOA fee covers trash and snow removal as well as lawn care. You’ll find the restaurant (and bar) inside the welcoming clubhouse, which also has a state-of-the-art fitness center, activity and gathering rooms, and a heated outdoor pool.
Mid $300s - High $300s
Traditions of America at Liberty Hills was completed in 2014 with 224 resale attached and single-family homes on a property located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. This gated active adult neighborhood has six attached models ranging from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The six single-family models range from 1,274 to 2,314 square feet with similar offerings, plus upgrades like patios and fireplaces.
You’ll also be impressed by the modern clubhouse, which has a sports bar and lounge, a business center, a fitness center with an indoor whirlpool spa, an outdoor pool, a practice putting green, and tennis courts. Well-attended groups and events include scrapbooking club, the Caring Committee, yoga classes, and potlucks.
Mid $200s - High $300s
If you have your heart set on moving to the Harrisburg area, Traditions of America at Silver Spring is about 12 miles west of its downtown area. Upon completion, this community will have 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes alongside the stellar amenities you expect from a Traditions of America property (including an on-site lifestyle director).
The attached garden home models range from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The seven single-family models range from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet with similar features and upgrades.
The HOA fees provide for lawn care, snow removal, and access to the community’s amenities. The impressive clubhouse has a friendly cafe, activity rooms, a theater, a business center, a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, and a bocce ball court.
Low $300s - Low $400s
Heading back towards Philadelphia, we find Traditions at Inniscrone, an established, gated community with 167 resale single-family homes completed in 2013. The eight floor plans range from 1,406 to 2,788 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These luxury homes have features like hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, and spacious master suites. The HOA fee provides for lawn care plus trash and snow removal.
Traditions at Inniscrone is next to an 18-hole public golf course that has a restaurant right in its clubhouse. Inniscrone’s private clubhouse has a catering kitchen, a great room, activity rooms, an outdoor pool and sauna, and an exercise room. Popular neighborhood activities include holiday parties, Friday night socials, and field trips.